Here we are with the summertime chaos all around, but staying relatively cool in our little green paradise in the hills. It seems to be hotter than usual this year, but I guess we always complain about the same things every summer (or is it really warming up?).
What is definitely warming up without any doubt, is the general unrest among island residents and many returning visitors. This unrest is mainly focused on the overcrowded beaches and roads, the constant noise of disco bars and beach clubs, plus the uncivilised behaviour of some of our less respectful seasonal tourists. It’s becoming quite obvious that collectively, we need to make some urgent changes to the way we do business here on our beautiful little island, ensuring that our successful tourist industry doesn’t spoil the quality of the offer we have developed over the years, or indeed the quality of life for the local residents.
Amidst much talk of making Ibiza into a sustainable tourist destination, our present political leaders are beginning to count the cost of our seemingly uncontrolled demographic and tourism expansion and are making some serious efforts to slow down the consumption of both land and vital resources, by installing a number of very necessary control systems, designed to improve the situation into the future.
One of the most significant decisions made recently, (apart from regualting the noise made by beach clubs and private houses), is to prohibit the renting of holiday accommodation in residential areas, thus restricting the overall number of holiday visitors to those establishments which are actually licensed to receive them – hotels, hostals and legally registered country accommodations.
This is a good idea on one hand, and will certainly serve to stop the speculation on new buildings in rural areas. However, it will also result in the prohibition of future Bed & Breakfast facilities in country houses, where more peaceful visitors would like to pass some time, without paying the inflated prices of so called ‘Agro – tourism’ hotels, that are beyond the reach of many respectful but not financially well off travellers.
Obviously, our original plan for the Ibiza Fénix project, constructing a network of walkways and cycle tracks to connect points of historic and cultural interest, combined with a possibility to find affordable accommodation en-route, will be made almost impossible with the new restrictions. We therefore need to think of an alternative plan, using membership to the Ibiza Fènix educational tourism programme, as a useful tool in finding suitable rural accommodation within the legality of NGO membership and make our ‘out of season’ tourism offer a feasible proposition during the off-peak season.
Perhaps now that we have the “Ibiza Fènix social leadership initiative” more or less structured correctly, we can begin to join forces and help the present local government to develop intelligent and synchronized strategies which will bring about positive change on our island. We can do this by using our vast collective intellect to resolve any present and future problems and make a practical ‘synergetic movement’ towards community responsibility in all respects. We could in fact be the first international community on the planet to take this logical step towards freedom from political discord and become an authentic showcase for ‘Responsible tourism practices’, amongst many other multidimensional objectives.
I personally believe that it’s worth a try and so will continue to promote the Ibiza Fènix strategy plan, with all my passion and energy, hoping that by now we have enough ‘inspired community spirit’ to make it happen! (see www.ibiza-fenix.com)
For this reason, each Thursday evening in Casita Verde, we continue with the presentation of a different branch of the ‘Ibiza Fènix’ tree, from 20.00h and involve more and more people in the process of co-creating the kind of world where we’d all like to live and to thrive. (See www.facebook.com/CasitaVerdeIbiza for details of upcoming events).
Also this month, we will begin to develop the plan to involve local schools in the process of keeping our island clean and beautiful with the ‘Adopt a beach’ campaign proposed by local ‘Oceanic Global’ representative Karin Isken, working parallel with Cristina Ramos, the secretary for the now legalised and fully operational ‘Ibiza Limpia’ NGO. (more news on this exciting project as we proceed with the planning).
Meanwhile, don’t forget, that if you have any questions about alternative lifestyle techniques, or want to know how you can be a more eco-conscious citizen, please come and see us on Sundays, or Thursdays at Casita Verde, or on Saturdays at the Local products market in Forada.
You can also get in touch by email, sending your request to firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling our main office on 971 187353.
With warm greetings from Casita Verde,
Chris Dews – coordinator