SUPPORTING AGRICULTURE AND LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION

After the tourist boom, the economy of the island stopped being based on the primary sector to do it in the tertiary sector; what has supposed a loss in the agricultural activity in the island and its consequent abandonment of the field, deriving in a degradation of the landscape and an increase of the risk of fires. The MAPF strongly believes that soil is one of nature’s most significant sources of life and richness. For this reason we support local and sustainable agriculture, a key asset which not only defines our landscapes, but also allows them to endure through time in a natural and eco-friendly way.
Nowadays, the organic production is an added value for local agriculture. The project is based on the creation of a public kitchen where organic farmers can transform the leftovers from their production into alternative products that can be sold in farmers market. This initiative could allow these farmers to continue producing their crops and at the same time create a new sustainable business model.

PROJECT TO REDUCE THE USE OF PLASTIC IN AGRICULTURE

Polymers have been used in agriculture and horticulture since the middle of the last century, and the use of plastic in agriculture has enable farmers to increase their crop production. Although plastic mulch can be very useful to suppress the weeds and conserve the water in crop production and landscaping, one major drawback of most polymers used in agriculture is the problem with their disposal. Non-degradable polymers, being resistive to degradation (depending on the polymer, additives, conditions etc) tend to accumulate as plastic waste, creating a serious problem of plastic waste management. In cases, such plastic waste ends-up in landfills or is buried in soil. This raises questions about the possible effects on the environment.
With the aim of reducing the use of plastic in agriculture by replacing the PE mulching plastic for potato starch based bioplastic, the Mallorca Preservation Fund has supported APAEMA to arrange the joint purchase of bioplastic for mulching.

ALLIANCE AGAINST SEISMIC PROSPECTING

Mar Blava Alliance is a cross-sector platform whose aim is to protect the Mediterranean Sea, and fight for the Spanish government to legally declare it an area “Free of Hydrocarbon Prospections”. Seismic prospecting is a serious source of sea noise pollution that threatens the lives of whales and dolphins. The Fund supports this platform to take this very important battle further.

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LOCAL PRODUCTS - RECLAIMING DIVERSITY PROJECT

We are supporting a project by the Association of Local Varieties, which aims to achieve successful long term agricultural management by producing crops best adapted to our weather conditions and soil characteristics. It is a project with strong benefits to nature, which also holds sentimental value. The Seed Bank project supports the concept of Food Sovereignty, defined as the right of people to decide over agricultural and farming policies and the production of local food.

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PROJECT TO STUDY THE SPERM WHALE POPULATION​

This initiative, carried out by the Tursiops Association to track and study the sperm whale population in the Balearic Islands, will provide data to support the proposal of a sanctuary east of the Balearic Islands for this species.

The data will also play a key role in defining the new proposed limits for the expansion of Cabrera National Park, which would contribute greatly towards protecting our wealth.

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BALEARIC ISLANDS, UNTAMED ARCHIPELAGO DOCUMENTARY

Mallorca’s conservation is essential due to the valuable natural resources that represent an enigma for many and a unique Mediterranean treasure for a few. For millions of years, hundreds of species have adapted to this particular indigenous habitat, providing the Balearic Islands with an incomparably rich biological diversity.

By supporting this project, the Mallorca Preservation Fund wants to help show the world the value of this natural wonder in the Balearic Islands.

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PROJECT TO STUDY THE BALEARIC SHEARWATER POPULATION IN THE MALGRATS ISLANDS

The Balearic shearwater is classified as a critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The current status of this Balearic endemism is the most critical of all the seabirds in Europe. This study, promoted by IRBI in collaboration with SEO/BirdLife, will provide the knowledge to improve the protection of this emblematic species.

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