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Mojácar Joins, for Another Year, the Green Flags Movement for Sustainability

Mojácar Council has once again joined the Green Flags movement for sustainability, promoted by the non-profit company Ecovidrio. More than 140 municipalities have participated in obtaining the Green Flags for sustainability in its fourth edition, launched by Ecovidrio, the company responsible for managing the recycling of glass container waste in Spain. This campaign aims to reward the efforts and activism of coastal municipalities on sustainability during the summer, especially regarding the correct management of waste.

The announcement of this incorporation was made by the Mojácar Mayor, Francisco García Cerdá, accompanied by the Environment Councillor in Mojácar Council, Sergio Alonso. Their aim is to encourage and promote the recycling of glass in line with boosting recycling in all areas, one of the strategic objectives of the government led by the locality’s Mayor. Francisco García Cerdá emphasized the importance of respecting the ecosystem, reaffirming his commitment to the environment and promoting initiatives that advance the circular economy, reduce pollution, waste, and the consumption of natural resources. He sees this as “another opportunity to position ourselves on the environmental map and to be among the most responsible and active municipalities in addressing this global problem.”

The Green Flags movement is a project that aims to address the high levels of glass container consumption during the summer, mainly in the hospitality sector, although it also extends to private users and other types of activities, particularly focusing on coastal areas with high levels of tourism. To qualify for a green flag, it is necessary to comply with a series of requirements based on criteria such as an increase in the volume of selective collection of glass containers compared to the previous year, the collaboration of the hospitality sector, and the commitment of the local council in advancing the campaign and its promotion.

Ecovidrio, on its part, commits to local authorities by providing them with the necessary means to carry out this work, including installing new bins or carrying out information campaigns among hospitality businesses, among other actions. At the end of the summer, nine new green flags are awarded throughout the country, two of which will go to Andalucía. Mojácar already obtained this award in 2021, ranking first in Almería province and fifth in Andalucia. In the 2022 edition, the set objectives were achieved, resulting in a campaign with great results.


Within the framework of the Green Flags movement, during the summer of 2022, 52,302 tonnes of glass containers were collected in the 135 participating coastal localities, a 16% increase from 2021. Thanks to all the glass recovered, it was possible to avoid the emission of 30,335 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to taking 14,000 cars out of circulation; avoid the extraction of 62,762 tonnes of raw material, and save 37,354 MWH of energy. Mojácar Council and the locality’s tourism sector, especially hospitality, are collaborating on this campaign as another action carried out throughout the year to achieve tourism in line with new preferences, such as concern for health and the consequences of climate change, creating an impact and a trend when choosing a sustainable and quality destination.

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Mojacar Council Will Invest Nearly One Million Euros in Infrastructure Improvements in the Municipality

The plans laid out by Mojácar Council to improve the municipality’s infrastructure and replace road surfaces, as well as upgrade sanitation and water supply networks, are crucial steps toward ensuring the sustainable development and efficient management of resources in the area.

With an allocated budget of 930,000 euros for these improvement works, Mojácar Council aims to address the essential need for reliable drinking water supply and to mitigate potential losses in the water distribution network. By checking and repairing damaged pipes, they are taking proactive measures to conserve this increasingly scarce resource and maintain the high quality of life enjoyed by residents.

Furthermore, the focus on road surfacing improvements in urban areas reflects the council’s commitment to enhancing mobility, accessibility, and safety for both residents and visitors. By incorporating elements for water management and preserving water quality alongside these road works, Mojácar Council demonstrates a holistic approach to infrastructure development that considers environmental sustainability and aesthetics.

Ultimately, these planned works not only aim to enhance services for citizens but also contribute to the overall tourist development of Mojácar by providing a sustainable and high-quality environment for visitors to enjoy.

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Barcelona Basket Wins Again, for the Second Consecutive Year, the National Basketball Tournament U13 “Ciudad De Vera”.

  • The Catalans won in the final with a resounding score of 77 – 64 to Real Madrid.

Vera, May 05, 2024. FC Barcelona Basket has been proclaimed, for the second consecutive year champion of the VI National Basketball Tournament U13 “Ciudad de Vera”, by defeating Real Madrid by 77 – 64 in the final, in a very close game until the last stretch of the game, where the blaugranas distanced themselves on the scoreboard with several consecutive three-pointers and knowing how to take advantage of the failures and nerves of the rival, especially in the last quarter.

The players coached by Eduard Perea, who are leaders of their league with two games left to finish the championship, have solved all the games of the tournament with convincing and bulky victories against their rivals, being fair winners of a tournament that every time has a higher competitive level and that has become on its own merits one of the most important and best organized nationally, in the field of grassroots basketball. For the Catalan team this has been the last tournament before facing the final stages of the Catalan Championship.

In the match for third and fourth place, the Next Hoops won 77 -60 against Unicaja de Málaga. The fifth place went to Club Joventut Badalona. UCAM Murcia was sixth and Real Betis settled for seventh place. The local team, UPLA, closed its participation in the Veratense tournament in eighth place.

All the games were broadcasted by Canal Basket Cantera, the largest basketball training platform in the world. The event, held at the Blas Infante Pavilion in Vera, brought together the best national basketball quarries throughout the weekend and had hundreds of spectators who packed the stands during all the games.

The MVP of the Tournament was for Kristians Martinsons, young promise of the Barcelona youth team that has caused a very pleasant impression among the fans who have attended the tournament. The ideal quintet of the tournament was composed by Kristians Martinsons (Barcelona), Ilian Montero (Next Hoops), Aitor Cugat (Unicaja),
Biel Mas (Barcelona Basket), Airam Alonso (Real Madrid).


The mayor of Vera, Alfonso Garcia, thanked the Diputación de Almería for its support to the sporting event as well as the collaboration of the City Council of Los Gallardos, which has also been sub-host of the tournament, and whose councilor, Andrea Ramos, attended the final of the tournament and participated in the trophy ceremony. The mayor veratense has highlighted the role of all sponsors and partners “because thanks to them and their contribution has been able to consolidate the tournament in Vera as a national benchmark, where all the big teams show their interest in coming.

Garcia has put in value “the great work of UPLA in organizing the tournament that year after year makes the town in the capital of basketball at the national level”. Garcia has highlighted “the great projection that this competition provides the municipality to promote throughout Spain”.

Diego Franco, president of UPLA, the organizing club of the Tournament, commented that “the level of play of these games has been excellent, we have lived great sporting moments, with a team that has stood out above the rest as has been Barcelona Basket”.
“We have had the opportunity to see the best youth basketball at national level in the Pabellón Infante de Vera,” concluded Franco.

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Vera Will Once Again Be the Epicenter of National Grassroots Basketball, With the Vi U13 Tournament!

The mayor of the City Council of Vera, Alfonso García Ramos, and the Councillor for Culture and Heritage, Sports, and Youth, Antonio Jesús Soler Castaño, accompanied Juan Francisco López Fernández from the board of CB Upla to present the VI U13 tournament. The mayor expressed that the tournament would bring the best basketball to Vera, with the participation of top youth teams from across the country.

From May 2 to 5, the Blas Infante Pavilion in Vera will host the tournament, featuring prominent teams like Real Madrid Basketball, Barcelona Basketball, Joventut Badalona, and Unicaja Basketball. The tournament is organized by the Basketball Club Union of Peoples of Levante Almeriense (CB UPLA), with support from the City of Vera, the Provincial Council of Almería, and the Unicaja Foundation and Basket Andalusia.

For CB Upla, hosting the VI tournament is an honor, as it has become a significant event in the national youth basketball scene. The City Council of Vera has collaborated closely with CB Upla to ensure that everything is in place for the tournament, welcoming basketball enthusiasts, athletes, and families to Vera.

Antonio Jesús Soler, the Councilman of Sports in Vera, emphasized that the tournament not only has a significant sports impact but also contributes to tourism, attracting families to Vera to enjoy its climate and sports facilities. He highlighted the tournament’s national recognition, which strengthens both the sports and tourism sectors of the community.


The tournament will kick off on May 2 with a game between CB Upla and Ucam Murcia, followed by matches on May 3, 4, and 5 featuring various national youth teams. The highlight of the tournament will be the match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona on May 3, with semifinals on May 4 and the grand final on May 5.

The VI U13 Tournament promises intense emotions and unforgettable moments for sports and basketball enthusiasts, providing a platform for young talents to showcase their skills and passion for the game. It will be an exciting experience for all involved and a unique opportunity to witness the future stars of basketball in action.

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