24 | 05 | 2018

CONNECTING ISLAND INNOVATIONS
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Menorca getting ready to host the Greening the Islands Conference

We’re almost ready to open the doors of the 5th international conference on island sustainability “Greening the Islands – The future of energy, water and mobility on islands in harmony with the biosphere”. This year’s chosen location is the Spanish island of Menorca, where the conference will be held on May 17-18.
The international conference will open with an important discussion on the convergence between economic development and respect for ecosystems, a topic inspired by the fact that Menorca will host the meeting of the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves later in May. Our session will in this way serve as a bridge between the two events and their deeply interconnected topics.
The energy session will explore a more co-ordinated and accelerated approach to the energy transition of islands at a European level and will be opened by representatives from the European Commission, with external input from specialists from the Pacific region. The water section is our richest yet and includes authoritative speakers from institutions and industries at a time of great interest in desalination and water treatment technologies. In this session, the Energy & Water Agency of Malta will illustrate its Life integrated project which focuses on the development of water management measures addressing the challenges of Mediterranean islands and coastal regions.
The mobility session will focus not only on electric vehicle but also open up to questions of sustainable maritime transport. The final session will close the conference by addressing the wider concept of circular economy and referring to waste and tourism and all the policy aspects that can stimulate the sustainable development of islands.
To open the conference agenda, the domestic session of Greening the Islands will be held on the morning of 17 May, and will be devoted this year to the situation in Spain. Held in collaboration with the Association of the Spanish Photovoltaic Industry (UNEF), the session will look at how the Balearic and Canary Islands can reach the goal of going 100% renewable. The discussion will include an exchange of experiences with regards to Spanish and Italian regulation and look at how Italy’s decree law on small islands could be applied to the Spanish context. Furthermore, the national conference will focus on new trends that will encourage renewable projects on islands from early 2019.
In order to involve as many islands as possible in our discussion, Greening the Islands is open to virtual participation as an online event. Participation will be possible via live streaming made available through Greeningtheislands.net – Connecting Islands Innovations, the platform for small island communities around the world. A video tutorial will explain how to submit questions to the speakers during the conference.

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