The Balearic Islands, working to increase sustainability

The archipelago sets out to strengthen its position as a benchmark of sustainability

In the Balearic Islands, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO, directives are in place aimed at recovering, maintaining and improving all natural, social and cultural elements felt to be of general interest that benefit society as a whole.       

Accordingly, the UN, in collaboration with the Balearic Government and the Island Councils and to coincide with the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in 2017, drew up the Balearic Islands Sustainable Tourism Strategy 2017-2020 , a plan of measures that will seek to make the Balearic Islands tourism model a benchmark with regard to sustainability.

In Mallorca, among other objectives, work is ongoing to ensure there are sufficient resources to make the numerous Natural Areas of Special Interest more accessible and with infrastructures that help ensure a more sustainable form of tourism. One example of this are the measures implemented in the area of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range.

In the Pityusic Islands much work is being done to raise awareness among tourists and residents alike on the importance of the Posidonia seagrass meadows, which help protect the coastline and maintain water quality. This led to the initiative “Posidonia lives” , which through activities such as excursions in kayak or photo exhibitions sought to inform society about this indigenous marine plant.

Finally, though no less importantly, through the funds raised by the Sustainable Tourism Tax, Menorca is working to recover its cultural and historical heritage, through initiatives such as the work to strengthen the west wall of the medieval castle of Santa Àgueda (insert link to the ITS Santa Àgueda project), which has been declared a Site of Cultural Interest (BIC).