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II Calvią Environment Awards ceremony

Friday, 27th January 2023


The Protemar Aventure Association and the Esment entity have obtained the first and second prize, respectively

This Thursday the ceremony for the II Calvià Environment Awards 2022 took place, as part of the World Day for Environmental Education. The awards were presented by the Regional Minister for the Environment and Territory, Miquel Mir; the Councillor for the Environment and Ecological Transition, Rafel Sedano, and the member of the jury Xavier Pastor. The act was also attended by the Deputy Mayor for the Environment and Ecological Transition, Marga Plomer, and the councillor for the Son Caliu area, Juan Recasens.

In his speech, Rafel Sedano explained that "the objective of the awards, which the Town Hall convenes for the second time, through the Department for the Environment, is to publicly recognise the work, efforts and commitment of the Calvià society that, through non-profit entities, develops initiatives, projects and actions for the care of the environment, environmental education and the promotion of biodiversity and sustainability, which contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the municipality". Sedano congratulated all the entities, both the winners and those that submitted a candidacy, encouraging them to continue with their work.

The Regional Minister for the Environment and Territory, Miquel Mir, valued "this initiative of the Calvià Town Hall creating this recognition platform for those who work on environmental conservation". Mir recalled that the awards ceremony coincided with World Environmental Education Day "which has historically been largely forgotten in environmental management policies." In this sense, the minister said that the only way to protect and conserve is through knowledge and, after, thourgh desire, and that is why it is vital to train citizens with a good environmental education", he added.

The Calvià Environment Awards have been endowed with a total of 15,000 euros, divided into six awards. The jury in,cluded Xavier Pastor, biologist, oceanographer and ecologist, of recognized prestige and resident in the municipality of Calvià, and Mar Muñoz, coordinator of the Balearic Group of Ornithology and Defense of Nature (GOB). The jury has resolved the awards by assessing the different candidacies based on the criteria set out in the bases of the awards such as environmental repercussion, volunteer involvement, social character and dissemination.

The first prize, of 4,000 euros, is for the Protemar Aventure association. The jury has valued the large number of environmental cleanups carried out during 2022, with more than 6 tons of waste collected and with a significant participation of volunteers.

The second prize, of 3,000 euros, has been for the Esment entity, for its occupational project Esment Guies, in which they carry out environmental education at the Galatzó public estate, with its social and integrating nature.

And the third prize, divided into four prizes of 2,000 euros, for each of the following categories:
1. Best performance of restoration and/or environmental cleaning (2,000 euros). Awarded: Mar de Fondo, for the underwater cleaning carried out on the World Clean Up Day on the Magaluf beach on 17th September, with the participation of 40 divers and volunteers with paddle surf and apnea.
2. Best study related to biodiversity and climate change (2,000 euros). Awarded: the local group SEO-Virot Balears, for the set of studies carried out for the knowledge, improvement and conservation of the Galatzó avifauna.
3. Best environmental education and awareness action (2,000 euros). Awarded: Association of farmers of Calvià, for making known Calvià farming at educational centres of the minicipality via guided visits to farms in Es Capdellà and Calvià.
4. Best performance for the promotion of sustainability, the circular economy, the reduction of waste and recycling (2,000 euros). Awarded: Save the Med, for their training project for the actors involved in reducing waste in the HORECA sector.