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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Parks and gardens matter!

 

The Adeje department of parks and gardens, under Councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, has recently published details of the work being carried out through the department of services, EMSA, which tends 205 hectares of public green spaces.

The budget for 2018 in the area is being used to improve and maintain the public parks and green sections, “which are very much appreciated by our residents and tourists”, with seasonal flowers in certain parts of the borough, forming part of the overall image of Adeje. The teams also are charged with plant care and pruning.

“The key to the recent improvement in the service has been the qualifications of those working in the area, divided into 17 distinct sections given the varied geography of Adeje, allocating the correct machinery and expertise needed for each zone”; said the councillor. She added that over the year, given the work needed to be done, the team had increased from 47 to 62 trained individuals, with more jobs being created in the division.

To make sure the work is up to required standards those workers are also given on-going training in relevant area, including improvements in gardening skills, machine operation, fumigation treatments, tree and palm pruning, etc, Proper use of some of the new machinery also means less time used in public disruption during pruning operations.

In the playgrounds the team have been in to carry out cleaning and pest removals as well as inspections and reparations of any playground installations. They also work directly with other teams on public municipal events such as Easter Week, local fiestas, etc.

While the crews are dedicated to keeping all the different neighbourhoods in the borough looking good, the councillor said one of the areas under constant review is the cemetery, “as we understand that people do want to make sure their loved ones are in a place that is well looked after, and we do take special care with the gardens here and take note of people’s wishes – they want and have asked for a space that exudes peace, tranquillity, a place of retreat”, she explained.

 

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Switch off on Saturday!

 

On Saturday March 24th Adeje council will turn off most of the borough’s municipal lighting on buildings from 8.30pm to 9.30pm, as part of Earth Hour, an event hosted by the WWF and now celebrated all over the world annually.

“Here in Adeje we are taking part in this global symbolic gesture against climate change and for the care of our environment. Our commitment to our planet is strong, and here, in the borough, we have been changing over the lighting on our street lamps to more sustainable bulbs, and increasing the number of public green zones, thus contributing to the improvement in air quality” explained Adeje councillor for the environment Esther Rivero Vargas.

Earth Hour began in 2007, and Adeje signed up in 2012 and have taken part annually ever since then. The councillor says, “Every little bit helps, and if millions of people make small changes we can build a future based on clean energies for the benefit of the planet.”

During the hour in question the lights along the Fañabe beach will be turned off as will those lighting up the Casa Fuerte, the exteriors of municipal sports centres, cultural centres, the main Town Hall, the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA) and other public buildings. In parks, along some tourist zones, and in the Plaza de España, lighting will be reduced.

The WWF Earth Hour is now marked in over seven thousands towns and cities and the Adeje council are inviting residents to take part in the initiative too.

 

 

 

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Cemetery ready for family visits

 

The Adeje Council has been working to get the local town cemetery ready for visits of the public this week, during All Saints day and All Souls day, with November 1st a public holiday.

Alongside the preparations in the cemetery, there will be additional masses held in the parish. The cemetery will remain open on October 30th and 31st from 8am to 6pm and from 8am to 8pm on November 1st and 2nd.

In the municipal cemetery the chapel has been repainted, many of the niches have been repaired where needed and the garden and green zones attended too, with new seasonal flowers planted. The metal gates have also been cleaned.

According to the councillor with responsibility Esther Rivero Vargas, ”this is an important time for our families when we remember those who have died and the council works annually to make sure the cemetery is in prime condition for the many visitors we will receive over the coming days. It’s important that people feel that this is a place of peace and harmony”. She said.

Those who will be visiting the cemetery will also be able to depend on the help of cemetery staff who will be in attendance during the week.

There will be special masses tomorrow (Tuesday October 31st) in the parishes of La Milagrosa, Tijoco La Hoya (5pm), Santa Ursula Mártir, Adeje town (6pm), San José, Los Olivos (7pm). On Wednesday there will be masses in the cemetery chapel at 9.30am and 12.30pm, in Armeñime (10am), Callao Salvaje (12 noon), San Sebastián (5pm.) and at 6.30pm there will be a mass in the Cemetery crypt with the Adeje School of Music chamber choir and that mass will be followed by a blessing of the niches.

On November 2nd, All Souls Day, there will be masses in the cemetery chapel at 9am and 5.30pm, and in Tijoco – La Hoya (6pm) and in Los Olivos (8pm).

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Everything ready for ‘back to school’

 

Adeje’s schools are ready to receive the hundreds of students who are finishing up their summer holidays this weekend. Primary schools reopen their doors on Monday September 11th and the borough’s secondary schools on Wednesday September 13th.

During the months of July and August the council have invested over €50,000 in repairs to centres in the borough. The Adeje education councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera says “this year we have invested money in improvements in all of the borough’s public centres following specific requests from the schools and the works carried out have improved security for pupils in the schools too”.

The works were carried out in conjunction with the department of works and local development under councillors Esther Rivero Vargas and Manuel Luis Méndez Martín. In Fañabe the entrance to the school has been upgraded with resurfacing and improvements to the park as well as an improvement in telecommunications in the school. In Adeje Casco the pavement outside the school’s main lower gate has been extended to offer greater safety to pupils, there is a ramp for those with reduced mobility, the steps to the courts have been improved and there is a new zone for the AMPA (parents’ association).

In Los Olivos the canteen floor has been renewed and there is a new archive area. In Las Torres the school farm has been completed, in Armeñime the sports courts have been resurfaced, the gardens and the school farm upgraded, and in Tijoco Bajo there is a new pavement with adapted paving and the centre’s façade is being redecorated.

While the secondary schools are actually run by a separate body, the council have met some of their outstanding needs and will be installing a new pedestrian access to the IES Adeje II (El Galeón) and installing benches in the IES Adeje I (Los Olivos) patios.

Sanitation facilities have been repaired in all of the borough’s infant and primary schools, classrooms and communal areas painted and garden and greens attended too. Adolfo Alonso Ferrrera: “We have been able to work to meet the requests of the schools in the borough as it is important that the centres are ready for the start of the 2017/2018 academic year. We hope that the students can look forward to a year full of hope, learning and discovery”.

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A healthier population!

More than 200 people took part in the Healthy Measures Cycle

Over 200 people took part in the Healthy Measures Cycle organised by the Adeje department of health under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo. The event took place last Saturday in the Adeje Farmers Market.

“Our main aim is to work on prevention and the dissemination of information regarding healthy lifestyle habits which will help avoid health-related problems in the future. During the year we are carrying out a series of different activities in this area, from talks to workshops, excursions, and offering professional services for particular areas of relevance”, said the councillor. “In this way we hope to let our residents have access to the kind of help they need to look after their health”.

The Healthy Measures Circuit was organised to coincide with World Health Day on April 8th, and was run from 10am to 1pm in the Farmers Market, offering the public a chance to test blood sugar levels, blood pressure, lung capacity, etc, all for no charge. The service was offered thanks to the collaboration of staff from the Adeje health centre with other professionals offering nutritional advice and information on lifestyle options.

Members of the public who took part were given a ‘health card’ with their results as well as information on the general state of their health. The assistance of the GEAS company also allowed people to test their hearing.

The councillor thanked all those for their help as well as the members of the Farmers Market under councillor Esther Rivero Vargas and expressed her delight at the numbers who took advantage of the free service.

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Turn it off, put the planet first

 

The Adeje council will turn off the lights on the main municipal buildings at 8.30 during Earth Hour

Lights on the main municipal buildings in Adeje will be turned off for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday, for Earth Hour, a campaign run by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) around the world. “We in Adeje are united in supporting this symbolic gesture against climate change. Our commitment to the environment is solid, and we are delighted to join in this worldwide movement as we have done annually over the last five years”, commented Adeje’s environment councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas.

Earth Hour was started in 2007 in Sydney Australia on March 31st. The following October San Francisco ran a Lights Out programme inspired by the Sydney Earth Hour, and thereafter the organisers decided to rally behind the international event planned for 2008. Adeje joined in 2012 and has marked the event ever since. Over the years Earth Hour supporters have successfully advocated for more climate-friendly laws and policies, such as those that have banned plastic in the World Heritage site of the Galapagos Islands.

This year in Adeje floodlights along Troya and Fañabe beach will be switched off as will the lighting by the Farmers Market, and Fort House, sports centres, cultural centres, council offices etc., and they will be dimmed in other municipal zones such as parks and tourist areas.

The council is also inviting the public to take part in the initiative to join together with the rest of the world in calling for “a change to climate change”. The councillor said, “Every gesture counts, and brings together the small changes individuals are making in their lives to build a future based on clean energies to benefit the planet”.

Globally the WWF brings together 7 thousand towns and cities to demonstrate together against the climate change.

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Adeje Farmers Market – change in Wednesday opening hours

 

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From Wednesday November 2nd the Adeje Farmers Market will operate new Wednesday hours and open from 3pm to 7pm. The change, with full agreement of all the produce suppliers in the market, has been made to better meet the demands of the buying public.

According to the councillor with responsibility for the market, Esther Rivero Vargas, “we are working all the time to improve this service to the public which is one that is already highly valued, so we are happy to make adjustments to suit the needs of the customers. We realised that in fact when the market opened at 4pm on Wednesdays there were already people waiting outside, while there was a marked drop in visitors at the end of the day, from 7pm – 8pm”.

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The Farmers Market opened its doors in 2008 with Saturday and Sunday morning openings and a year ago added the Wednesday afternoon opening, following requests from producers and a poll among the regular shoppers.

The market was an initiative of the Adeje council to work to promote and develop the borough’s primary sector. Every week the public can choose from the produce of many of the borough’s farmers and rural producers, with fruit and vegetables, cakes and biscuits, eggs, cheese, wines and honeys and well as craft goods for sale. With 35 stalls consumers have been delighted with the quality and affordability of the fresh local produce and the market has also become a meeting place for local residents and visitors.
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Rural women recognition

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Adeje is to host the VIII Tenerife Rural Women’s meeting on October 13th in the Adeje CDTCA (Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development). Starting at 10am the event will be presented by the councillors for the environment Esther Rivero Vargas and the councillor for equality Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro.

“We are underlining the valuable contribution women are making in farming and rural work, not an easy choice, and it is precisely with them in mind that we celebrate International Rural Women’s Day, which is every October 15th, as agreed unanimously at the last council meeting”, said the councillors.

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“These days it is increasingly common to see women leading the farm decision making and work, and between 20-30 % of agricultural concerns are headed up by women.
Given this data, it is only correct that the work of these women, who are playing a fundamental role in sustainability in our society, is recognised, as they are also making progress in a sector that traditionally treated women unequally.”

In the Canaries the Rural Development Programme (2014-2020) gives special attention to women in farms and the island have also introduced ‘Reticom’, a shared ownership registry which gives women shared rights and grants in the farm. Both of these initiatives are working to promote business women and equality in agricultural settings.

The event is directed in particular at rural women based in South Tenerife. Anyone interested in taking part can sign up by phoning the Agricultural section in Guía de Isora (922 447 925). The conference will include talks from experts in the field, tastings, a declaration for International Rural Women’s Day and a visit to an Adeje diary..

Recycling in La Caleta

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The initiative was part of a project to increase recycling and use of the yellow containers in bars and restaurants in the borough

Two restaurants in La Caleta, La Masía del Mar and Paquita Bello were winners of awards as part of the Aqui se recicla (We recycle here) platform, a joint Adeje council and Ecoembes initiative developed by the Canarian Sustainability and Green Environment Association. The aim of the programme is to increase recycling and use of the yellow containers in bars and restaurants in the borough.

The Adeje environment councillor Esther Rivero Vargas said, “with this pioneering programme in the Canaries Adeje is continuing to underline the importance of recycling. Since the introduction of this initiative we have seen a 30% increase in the use of the yellow containers in La Caleta, and it is the restaurants and businesses themselves that have actively participated by placing the containers in their premises.”

She added, “Adeje residents are very conscious of the need to recycle and in general levels of recycling in the borough are very positive, although the intention is to increase the practise even more”.

The winning establishments, La Masía del Mar, and a worker from Paquita Bello, demonstrated excellent levels of raising awareness of the need to separate rubbish and use the different containers properly. Overall 14 establishments participated in the programme.

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The Aqui se recicla initiative is a pioneering programme in the islands and for now is only being run in Adeje and San Bartolomé de Tirajana in Gran Canaria, the objective being to get restaurants directly involved in material separation and recycling into the yellow containers, with owners and workers in the participating restaurants directly involved.

There is a primary phase where restaurant staff are trained by the project leaders and are given mini yellow containers, special bags, and information materials. Then, over a six week period, there are a series of visits to help clarify any doubts or questions, help in the recycling and bring new containers or bags when needed.

According to Camren Martínez Dorta, president of the Canarian Sustainability and Green Environment Association, “the owners and employees of the restaurants in La Caleta have been very open to the idea and the level of participation has been remarkably high”.

The project is part of a regional plan to increase rubbish separation and recycling in the islands as a whole. Tinixara Mesa Moreno, a specialist from Ecoembes in the Canaries, said “each Canarian needs to be proud of their environment and want to care about how they deposit rubbish, making sure it’s properly separated and placed in the right containers. If we place the wrong items in the incorrect containers we undermine the good efforts of the rest, as every time that happens the process of recycling is halted”.

Ecoembes is a non-profit body which oversees the management of plastics, cans, and cartons (yellow containers) and cardboard and paper (blue containers) throughout Spain. During 2014 1.2 million tons of plastics, cartons, paper and cardboard were recycled in Spain, meaning a direct reduction in CO2 gas emissions , equivalent to the emissions of a quarter of cars registered in Madrid. This also led to a reduction in energy consumption of 3 million Mwh, equal to the annual energy consumption of 31% of smart phones in the country.