Our work is centred around protecting the Serra de Tramuntana, raising awareness and securing the agreement and commitment of local people, organisations, companies and institutions in terms of shaping a sustainable economy and guaranteeing the environmental quality, natural and cultural heritage, inhabitant wellbeing and the quality of the experience for its visitors.
We feel that the Serra de Tramuntana can become a pilot project that demonstrates the viability of a new model of territory relationship which is more inclusive, more respectful and more responsible.
It represents a fantastic opportunity to align the interests and needs of different sectors, allowing for the regeneration of the environment and culture along the path towards a fairer and more resilient society.
It is a laboratory of good practices in terms of environmental protection, primary sector recovery, public use management, good governance, respect for tradition and a commitment to innovation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JOE HOLLES. President
English by birth, but an adopted mallorquí. With an educational background in the field of philosophy and literature and proven experience in the audiovisual and activism sectors, Joe works in the world of business by creating bonds between the environment, technology and society.
JOAN MAYOL SERRA. Vice-president
Biologist. Founding member of the Balearic Ornithological Group (GOB). Now retired, Joan was previously an environmental officer. Previously a nature conservationist and politician, he know the Serra de Tramuntana and all the treasures it offers very well. He also enjoys writing and growing olives in the Pla de Mallorca region.
BRUNO ENTRECANALES. Treasurer
With ties to the world of business and agriculture, Bruno settled in Mallorca one decade ago. Since then, he has focused on the recuperation of agriculture, landscapes and architectural heritage of some of the most iconic location in the municipality of Valldemossa.
ANTÒNIA LLABRÉS BERNAT. Member
Antònia Llabrés Bernat is a biologist who currently works as a technician at the Balearic Nature Institute (IBANAT). In this role, she focuses on communicating and raising awareness of the risk of forest fires, paying special attention to forest regions such as the Serra de Tramuntana. Antònia has been demonstrating a strong commitment to environmental conservation for many years, being an active participant in various neighbourhood movements.
BARTOMEU DEYÀ CANALS. Member
Born and raised in Sóller, Bartomeu has always supported the family agricultural activity of historical olive groves, traditional olive mills, citrus cultivation and ancient irrigation systems. He cites the introduction of “sustainable” tourism as an example of subsistence. Canals is a trained economist and is currently a member of the Cultural Landscapes and Cultural Tourism Expert Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). He is acutely aware of the content and the management plan of the Serra de Tramuntana’s declaration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
FRANCESC XAVIER COLOM CANALS. Member
Francesc is president of the Balearic Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing. He remains a resident of his hometown of Sóller and works as a surveyor and trail technician. He has been hiking the Serra de Tramuntana since he was a young boy and is the owner of a small orchard and olive grove in the valley. He is also an activist for the conservation of the Serra de Tramuntana and its ethnological, agrarian and recreational values.
JAUME GARAU SALAS. Member
Social psychologist. He holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. He previously worked in the Social Services of the city halls of Barcelona, Palma and Marratxí, and also held a role in the Mallorca Council. He is the ex-president of the Balearic College of Psychologists and the Institute of Social Work and Social Services (INTRESS) and was also a member of the ANESVAD Foundation. He is the co-founder and honorary member of Arca and was also a member of parliament for the Balearic Islands. He is currently the president of the ‘Iniciatives del Mediterrani’ Foundation and secretary of the Palma XXI Association.
JOAN JUAN. Member
With an educational background in Biological Sciences, Joan made his first forays into management in the La Trapa nature reserve. For more than 20 years now, he has been working as an environmental manager for different parts of the Serra de Tramuntana. He claims to be a lover of ‘impossible’ projects, where weaknesses end up becoming strengths. He is a firm defender of civic participation and consensus seeking.
LUIS BERBIELA MINGOT. Member
Forest ranger who feels “at home” amongst pine trees. Luis is a defender, manager and restorer of natural spaces and forests. He is concerned by the abandonment and desertification of the extraordinary cultural landscapes of the Serra de Tramuntana. He enjoys hiking and partaking in the practice of ‘forest bathing’: hiking the Serra while consciously connecting with what’s around him.
MARIA CIFRE SABATER. Member
Maria is an environmental anthropologist. She recently graduated with a PhD from the University of Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation, writing a dissertation based on the forests and forest fires of the Serra de Tramuntana. She is a research training fellow and has delivered classes as a Graduate Teacher Assistant.
SARA OPPENHEIMER. Member
Born in London, she has spent most of her life living in the United Kingdom. She moved to Mallorca in September 2017. Her work is currently focused on supporting energy transition in the Balearic Islands, which is one of Spain’s leading regions in this regard.
TOMÀS VIBOT. Member
Philologist, writer, researcher and cultural guide. Author of roughly seventy books on the history, culture, folklore and heritage of the Balearic Islands, and the Serra de Tramuntana in particular. He also collaborates with various magazines, newspapers and radio programmes, and has co-presented the show “Un lloc amb història” [A place with history] on IB3. He is the co-author of various heritage catalogues around the island, including the Comprehensive Catalogue of Possessions of the Serra de Tramuntana.