Thursday, April 27, 2017

Charities & NGO’s in Ibiza

Ibiza is known for it’s conscientious, environmentally minded habitants – the community spirit on the island is strong all year round, so if you’d like to give something back to the island – here are a few local Charities and NGO’s and how you can get involved with them…

Amics de la Terra
Type of Organisation: International Organisation: Friends of The Earth, Ibiza local branch Amics de la Terra (catalan)
Website: www.amics-terra.org
Aims/Focus: Environmental organization dedicated to preserving the health and diversity of the planet for future generations. Acting for environmental protection and increase awareness .
Information: Amics de la Terra Eivissa is the island association formed in 1989 by a group of people who are willing to work on solving the island’s environmental issues. It’s part of the environmental group Amigos de la Tierra España, member of Friends of the Earth International. In the specific now they are acting to:
• P
romote a sustainable tourism in Ibiza
• Introducing an efficient energy model based on renewable energies
• R
educe traffic around the island by finding alternative ways
• R
educe waste on the island by educating people and promoting way of alternative waste reduction (reduce, reuse, recycle)
• Promote a better use of the precious water in Ibiza
• Promote small & medium local organic farms. Promote agriculture that helps the conservation of landscape and natural resources.
How to get Involved: There are two way of getting involved, you can be a volunteer – free of charge, you just give your time. Or you can become a member of Amigos de la Tierra, by paying an annual fee – in this case you will receive newsletter, campaign materials and discounts on courses and activities organised by them. Here you can find out more information: http://www.amics-terra.org/hazte-socio-c21

 Age Concern Ibiza & Formentera
Type of Organisation: International Organisation’s Local Branch
Website: 
ageconcern.org.es
Aim: Helping the older generation in later life.
Information: We can supply equipment such as Wheelchairs, Toilets seats, walking frames and much more.
How to get Involved: To become a friend of ACIF please contact our membership Secretary, by calling 971 346094

 Ibiza Preservation Fund
Type of Organisation: Environmental Organisation
Website: www.ibizapreservationfund.org Also on Facebook
Aims/Focus: The Ibiza Preservation Fund aims to help preserve Ibiza and Formentera’s exceptional beauty and natural value and promote sustainable initiatives.
Information: The Ibiza Preservation Fund (IPF) was set up in 2008 in response to unsustainable growth patterns on the island. Concerned about Ibiza’s future, friends Serena Cook and William Aitken, with the help of Ben Goldsmith, established the fund to raise money to support environmental initiatives that protect our land and sea.

 The IPF has now funded over 30 projects covering marine conservation, land protection, wildlife preservation, organic farming, waste management and renewable energy. It also helped set up and fund Alianza Mar Blava, which has successfully campaigned against offshore oil prospecting in the Mediterranean Sea.

In response to critical water shortages and contamination issues, the IPF supported the creation of a water alliance. Alianza por el Agua is now working with key stakeholders to implement solutions to the islands’ water challenges.

Other current projects include work to protect marine Posidonia meadows from boat anchoring and pollution as well as efforts to recover populations of endangered seahorses. The projects are being carried out with local partners GEN-GOB and Vellmari Diving Centre.

So we can continue to enjoy a landscape full of trees and blossoms, the IPF also supports local almond growers. An almond-cracking machine was purchased to help make crops profitable for farmers and the consumption of locally grown almonds is being promoted.

How to get Involved:
There are many ways to get involved with the Ibiza Preservation Fund:

  • Become a member with an ongoing monthly or annual donation. Memberships start from €120 per year.
  • Make an online donation.
  • Volunteer your skills, especially if you’re a graphic designer, web designer, photographer or event organiser.
  • Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and help spread the word.

Restaurants can support the IPF with various initiatives such as “1 euro per table” and businesses through other partnership arrangements. The IPF would love to hear from you if you have a fundraising idea you can help with!

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