Employment scheme will see rural spaces improved

 

Adeje council department of economic development and employment and of the environment, in partnership with the social services ministry, have initiated a new plan for rural employment – PER, which will see improvements to many rural zones in the borough. “The scehme will also see more people employed, working to recover ethnographic values and improve the midlands of Adeje”, commented the councillors Manuel Luis Méndez Martín and María Esther Rivero Vargas.

“This project allows us to meet a number needs. One one hand we can offer employment to persons between 35 – 60 years who are currently without work, and at the same time improve rural parts of our borough, areas that are visited by the public and have an ethnographic value”.

Those who can take part in the scheme will be offered work for three months, and will receive training and information regarding the zones in which they will be working, which will probably include La Quinta, Ifonche, Taucho, La Concepción and Tijoco Alto. “We hope the work will contribute to raise general awareness of the value of our environment and the need to care for it among other things”,the councillors added.

 

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It’s a beach, not a rubbish dump!

Community unity in Callao Salvaje beach clean-up

In preparation for the summer months there was a community clean-up of the Ajabo beach in Callao Salvaje. The Adeje council supplied gloves, bags, a large skip/container and water for those taking part. To facilitate the effort the council also sent down a team of operators to clear large stones and smooth out the beach zone. The beach is very popular among residents and visitors.

The councillor for the zone, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, congratulated the local community for their initiative. “We are all here with our children and grandchildren to take part in their collective effort. I would also like to thank the team of divers (Paradise Divers) who have removed rubbish – including a carpet – from the sea bed.” She added , “It is very important that we all understand that care of the environment is something we all have to take responsibility for, and the best place to start is where we live”.

Among the rubbish removed from the beach and the sea were plastic, cables, iron bars, computer parts, a carpet, nails and screws and cigarette ends, material that isn’t biodegradable and therefore a source of contamination.

The councillor also noted that “we found more than 100 big rusty nails, which pose a health risk to people, and we would call upon everyone to remember please that the beach isn’t a rubbish dump, it’s somewhere we all want to be able to use and enjoy”.

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Planting good ideas!

Yesterday (Wednesday June 6th) a group of students from the Los Olivos secondary school presented two projects to the Adeje environment councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, “Vigilantes de la Naturaleza” (nature vigilance) and “NaturAdeje” (Nature Adeje), the latter having already won a national competition organsied by CEDRO.

During the presentation the groups presented their proposals and conclusions. Regarding the “Vigilantes de la Naturaleza” students outlined the need to defend and co-exist with local flora and fauna if our local environment was to survive. “Natur Adeje” works to highlight the value of the natural resources Adeje offers and encourages the public to ask questions about the resources and changes in the local environment and why they are happening, and if such changes should and can be avoided.

The students have geo-localised 9,000 points of interest in the borough identifying a huge variety of both indigenous and invasive plant species. The study was carried out under the criteria laid down by the Nature 2000, an EU protection plan concerning the study of birds and habitats.

For councillor Rivero Vargas “this initiative has been seen a huge boost for the local administration, you have helped us enormously in creating an x-ray of the borough in this regard and we are in no doubt that we will be using much of the results you have presented and examining the solutions you propose”. Some of the suggestions are already mirrored in the council’s Adeje 2020 plan and the councillor stated that seeing similar proposals from the borough’s younger people was significant. “We are on the right tract”, she said.

Among the proposals are the vigilance of zones that are home to exotic flora that may be affected by invasive plants and the replanting and growing of indigenous plants. The students are also suggesting the creation of a volunteer environmental network which will work to supply information about local ‘hot spots’.

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Walk, learn, enjoy…

 

 

Registration for a series of walk, organised by the Adeje council department of citizen participation, under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, is now open to the public. The walks, under a social harmony umbrella, work to help participants get to know the worth of our local mountains and forests, the need to care for them, and the enjoyment gained for walking in groups and getting to know new people.

“We are working to create a fun leisure activity, and the routes we have chosen have some importance from an environmental point of view as well as encouraging social harmony between individuals and different groups” said the councillor.

The first walk, on March 3rd, which will take people into the Agua García wood, is now fully subscribed, but there are still places on the walk to Ifonche-Taucho on March 24th. Future walks will take you to different corners of Tenerife, La Gomera and possibly the Spanish peninsula. They will include trips to: Los Órganos de La Orotava, Costa del Sol – Caminito del Rey, Rambleta-Pico Viejo- Roques de García, Forestal Park, Kayak and walk, Teno, Chamorga-Roque Bermejo, and Los Silos.

The scheduled walks will be subject to cancellation if weather conditions are particularly bad, but alternative routes or days will be found. All the walks will have a cover charge to pay for group security and medical attention if required.

If you are interested in taking part you should fill in a registration form, available from the Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (the school of safety and social harmony), in Las Nieves, by email escuela@adeje.es, or by phone, 922 775109, from 1pm – 7pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje improves recycling

The Adeje council recently took part in a series of working days under the ‘Urban Waste’ umbrella, a European project with the objective of reducing the creation of waste and improvement of waste treatment at local level. In this regard Adeje is a pioneer in the Canaries.

“Today we mark Wold Environment Day under the slogan ‘I’m with nature’, and we want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work of Adeje residents in improving rates of recycling in recent years. With the increased number of tourists that are coming here, generating more rubbish, Adeje has actually upped levels of waste separation and recycling thanks to the efforts of residents” commented the councillor with responsibility Carmen Rosa González Cabrera.

During the Adeje contribution to the day’s workshops participants learnt about the measures undertaken at municipal level to encourage the three ‘Rs’ reduction, reuse, recycling as well as how hotels are adopting ecological practises too. The geo-location of the borough’s ‘ecological islands’ (recycling points with the blue, green and yellow containers for different kinds of waste) has also helped as they can be found easily with the Adeje council App with users able to locate the collection point nearest to them.

Other measures recently introduced to improve the environment include the waste collection company’s new reduced-noise vehicles. UTE Ascan Torrabonaf have a fleet of 60 trucks, vans, rubbish collection lorries, etc.
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The volume of material deposited in the ecological points rose and in 2016, 636 tonnes of plastic, 2,998 tonnes of glass 1,663 tonnes of paper/cardboard were collected And while overall more rubbish was generated this year to date compared to the same time frame last year, recycling rates also increased.. In Adeje there are 225 ecological islands – so almost 700 containers – as well as the containers for organic waste.

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Cabido/Council joint body agree on Barranco del Infierno reopening

 

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The joint Cabildo/Council commission with representatives from the department of the environment have told the company charged with care and control and visitor management of the Barranco del Infierno that they may proceed with the reopening of this popular walk once work on cleaning, drainage and path clearance has taken place.
Both sides were in agreement at the need to maintain the strict security measures in place and extend them if necessary, a normal precaution in zones such as these. This will include an obligatory review of the paths following any weather alerts, unexpected weather changes, or other circumstances that could alter the condition of the paths and the rock-faces along this natural reserve.

The decision to reopen was taken following a full review of the value of the zone, the huge demand from visitors to visit the Barranco all year round, and given the fact that even though the Barranco was not open to the public in recent months many people have been walking there with parallel risks as there has been no proper controls in place during the closure.
The Cabildo and Council have therefore said the company may reopen under the strict conditions laid down, including full control of the numbers in the area at any given time with visitors, under the direction of trained guides, made fully aware of restrictions and security measures required to minimise any risk.

The company are expected to announce the actual date of reopening soon, possibly as early as February 15th.

Rambling through Ifonche and La Quinta

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This event is taking place as part of the ongoing Adeje Together 10/10 campaign

Under the Adele Together 10/10 campaign the department of the environment and sustainable development under councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, is organising a walk this Saturday, October 25th, called (translated) “Making the most of the forest”, which will take walkers from Ifonche, to el Aserradero and finally La Quinta.

The councillor remarked, “this initiative from the council was such that once the mountain walks in the borough had been regulated and signposted we would propose a series of alternative routes inviting people to get to know our natural zones and the mountain characteristics.” She said that “we wanted to develop more than just another rural walk, what we are doing here is showing off the indigenous elements of the area and the richness of our natural heritage; we hope that once people get to know the different protected zones of Adeje they will learn to enjoy and care for them”.

During the walk there will be two guides, Rafael Morales Siverio and Sebastián López Ramírez, who, says Rivero Vargas, will explain, “through their living testimonies and experiences, how and why these paths were used in the past”. (The guides will speak in Spanish). As well as getting to know the countryside, those participating will also experience the hospitality of residents of La Quinta and will be invited to take part in a tasting event in the patio of one of the homes of the neighbourhood. “The best way to learn the stories of pathways and their use in the past is from the people of the region”, the councillor added.
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The walk should last about 6 hours and is listed as one of medium difficulty. Wear appropriate shoes or waterproof hiking boots, if possible high enough to protect ankles. You should also use sun protection and wear sun glasses and a hat. If you have a hiking stick, a waterproof jacket and energy foods (dry fruits, biscuits, etc) you should also bring them as well as water – 11/2 litres would be adequate.

If you would like to take part sign up at the Citizens Office – the SAC, in the main council building, and places are limited to 25.

Turn It Off!

Adeje Environment Councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas

Adeje Environment Councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas

Adeje’s councillor for the environment, Esther Rivero Vargas, has said that yet again Adeje will be taking part in the world-wide Earth Hour initiative, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), with the aim of encouraging moves to reduce CO2 emissions around the plant.

The councillor explained, “the Earth Hour project works to help the world’s population fight against climate change, and here the public bodies have taken the project on board, and in Adeje we will be turning off the lights in many public buildings.”

She continued, “anyone who would like to join in the scheme can do so voluntarily – all you have to do is turn off your lights on March 29th”.

Earth Hours is a world-wide event, and takes place next Saturday, March 29th. From 8.30pm to 9.30pm the lights on many public council buildings including the Town Hall, the outside of the Casa Fuerte, the tax and tourism office, sports centres and the exterior lighting on the CDTCA will be turned off. In other buildings such as the Local Police central office and in public parks lights will be turned down during the same hour.

“This initiative now has the support of over 100 countries and more than 7,000 cities and towns”, said Esther Rivero Vargas, “and in the Canaries six towns, including Adeje”.

The council is also asking the public to take part by turning off those lights that they can during the hour in question as a symbolic gesture which could have global benefits.

Lights Out!

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For another year the Adeje council through the department of the environment, are organising a ‘Nights without Lights for the Cory’s Shearwater’, promoted by the Tenerife.
The nights in question are November 2nd and 3rd, from 10pm to 1am, as these are the days where a large number of young birds are taking their first flight over the sea. The Cory’s Shearwater has actually been declared Bird of the Year 2013 by SEO/Bird Life, and is a bird that lives on the high seas only returning to dry land to breed. They build their nests in caves or cliff niches, with the chicks taking their first tentative flights at night at this time of year, particularly when there is a new moon. The reason we are being asked to reduce or eliminate night lights is that the young birds are easily disoriented and can fly off their path and crash.
This Nights without Lights is, according to councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, “a preservation and conservation campaign for this species which is resident in our borough, and we would ask for the co-operation of as many people as possible in reducing the intensity of the lights in the zones where these birds live and nest and fly, fundamentally in the parts of Adeje close to the cliffs and coasts, although a small number of the birds may also make their way in-land.”
The councillor says they have also prepared an information pack for hotels in the area asking for their co-operation, and are sure that the positive response will be as good as in previous years.
There is a protocol to follow if you find one of these young Cory’s Shearwaters lost or injured – call the Policía Local it its night time or the Protección Civil de Adeje if its daytime.. Alternatively you can contact the Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Silvestre, ‘La Tahonilla’, (922 445 777) which is Cabildo operated, and they have the personnel to treat any injured bird and release it back into wild when appropriate.
According to last year’s statistics, the Policía Local recovered 115 Cory’s Shearwaters in 2012, 221 in 2011 and 204 the year before that. While there is no mention of whether the campaign last year led to the reduction in the number of injured young birds, it would indicate that the campaign definitely has some affect.

 

150 at Callao Salvaje Meeting

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Over 150 residents of Callao Salvaje turned up to listen to Adeje Mayor Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga outline the thinking behind the council’s new Pets and Recycling campaign last week.
Environment councillor Esther Rivero, the local councillor for the zone Amada Trujillo and Francisco Valiño from the company Ascan Torrabonaf shared the top table with the mayor and were on hand to answer questions.
The new campaign is multi-lingual in essence, the literature has been translated into English, French and German and during the meeting, the first in 14 planned events throughout the borough, the mayor’s intervention was translated into English simultaneously as were other parts of the evening.
The mayor told the packed cultural centre that the meetings “were being held to bring the local administration to the residents who live here, to share with them directly some ideas regarding a more harmonious life together. In Callao Salvaje wer are setting out a plan of action to consolidate and extend a set of behavioural norms regarding treatment of our environment and pets, but within the wider framework of co-existence. We are building a framework that matches our multicultural community. Via that we can develop a way of enriching our daily personal and communal lives”, he said.
The mayor also said that these meetings were not simply about bringing a message to the communities, but also opening a dialogue whereby “we can share and constructively build by solving local difficulties that we all share in the Adeje of the 21st Century. What we want is that Callao Salvaje is very much a part of the new Adeje, the tourist destination that is Adeje, the historic Adeje that is home to a university campus, to innovation, the Adeje of harmonious co-existence, the Adeje that cares for its environment”.
As the meeting was going on inside, outside the children of the zone were busy taking part in a recycling workshop`organised by Adeje Inserta under the Cruz Roja. They were also meeting with Mike, the campaign´s mascot, and later children and adults alike were delighted and astonished at the obedience class demonstrated by trainers and owners from Tcan Terapie y Encuentro Canino.
The next meeting is at the Playa Paraiso Sports Pavilion this Wednesday October 30th at 6pm. And accordng to Esther Rivero, environmental councillor, “the intention is to reach all the different neighbourhoods in the borough”. As well as the meetings the campaign will be diffused through posters, booklets, school projects, and pet fairs. There is also a team of volunteers who will be going door to door outlining the campaign to residents.