The Greening the Islands Observatory Global Index will be applied to 12 islands as a way to analyse and measure their progress towards sustainability. The results will be presented to delegates at the CPMR Islands Commission General Assembly, to be held in April in the Azores (Portugal).
The Observatory has created a Global Index of island sustainability, grouping islands with similar needs in order to make sure that best practices can easily replicated in similar locations and to support economies of scale, financing and joint action towards shared goals, even in terms of appropriate legislation and policy.
The Global Index will be applied to current members: Favignana (Italy), Crete (Greece), Helgoland (Germany), Minorca (Spain) and Gozo (Malta). The islands of Bornholm (Denmark) and Madeira (Portugal) are currently being integrated into the process.
GTI is selecting a further five applicants among islands that have expressed interest, taking into account the target to have a representative champion of EU islands (i.e. geographical distribution, size, population, projects already implemented and potentials, etc.).
In the Global Index, islands are ranked based on a set of objective sustainability criteria and evaluated by a panel of independent experts, helping promote the islands as a green destination and getting input on how to improve. The best five cases in the ranking will be published in occasion of the Greening the Islands International Conference, to be held in the autumn.
Greening the Islands, as part of the partnership agreement with CPMR Islands Commission, will bring industry leaders in innovative sustainable solutions to the General Assembly of the EU island governments for two days of debate on island circular economy: from energy transition to sustainable mobility, from water to waste.