GTI Awards Regulation 2021

Contest regulation

The Greening the Islands Awards give the opportunity to identify and disseminate innovative and replicable projects in the field of sustainability.

All the islands’ administrations of the world are allowed to participate with projects and policies related to the following categories:

  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Mobility
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Agriculture
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Governance and inclusion

Projects that illustrate cooperation between islands are also qualified. Admission is free.

Who can apply

Admission is open to all island governments, also in association with other public bodies or private companies involved in the project or policy which is candidate within one of the above categories.

To participate in the contest, islands candidates are required to join the GTI Observatory. As Entry Island, free of charge, they have the opportunity to be part of a global network of islands committed to become zero-emission and to access webinars on the most innovative island solutions.

How to register & deadline

Registration for the competition is made by completing the registration form. Please, also attach CO2 saving documentation and 3 photos of the project as indicated in the form.

To apply, participants have to focus on the main project objectives:

  • Project description of activities and specific interventions;
  • Public outreach, education and awareness efforts and results;
  • Economic value added and how it is calculated;
  • Ecological and social project outcomes.

Important: please indicate the name of a contact person and his details, for any questions concerning the projects.

Projects have to be submitted by and no later than October 1st.

Evaluation criteria

Projects will be evaluated based on qualitative and quantitative criteria.

The quantitative criteria are specific to the CO2 savings calculations, in absolute terms and in relative terms, based on the number of inhabitants.
The qualitative criteria relate to the ecological and economic value-added, transferability to other islands or common areas, the degree of innovation, involvement and public awareness.

The Jury will evaluate the projects not only based on the level of environmental awareness and the degree of innovation in the regions of reference, but it will also consider the socio-economic benefits that the project will bring to the area and also the replicability and potential for the development of future project.

The Jury will adopt a multidisciplinary/multisectoral approach to value projects that engage the entire island’s system.

Awards categories

The Greening the Islands Awards will be given to islands with the best projects in each of seven categories:

  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Mobility
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Agriculture
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Governance and inclusion

Prizes for the winners

  • One year free GTI Observatory Intermediate Membership which includes the GTI Global Index to assign scores to the islands’ status and recommendations to improve them while helping group islands with similar needs.
  • “Fast-track” for the Green Destinations Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories competition.
  • Presentation of the project during the Awards Ceremony as part of the 8th edition of the “GTI e_Convention” that will include communication to international press.
  • Award prize “Greening the Islands Awards” and extensive visibility in the global island network.
  • Permission to use the “Greening the Islands Awards” logo on printed and website materials.

Meet the GTI Awards Jury 2021

Head of Partnership at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Amjad Abdula

Land and Water officer - FAO

Amani Alfarra

President - INSULEUR

Joseph Borg

Executive director - World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Manuel Butler

Executive Director - Global Island Partnership

Kate Brown

Policy Officer, DG ENER, European Commission

Edita Dranseikaite

Honorary Director - European Commission, in charge for DGENV of circular economy and islands

Georges Kremlis

Representative - Government Aruba to the EU as well as OCTA ExCo President

Eddy Paris

Professor - Department of Social Justice Education - Centre for Leadership and Diversity - OISE, University of Toronto

John Peter Portelli

President - Observatory of Tourism for Island Economies (OTIE)

Giovanni Ruggieri

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Popular Jury

Coordinator a.i. - UNESCO WWAP

Michela Miletto

Chief - SIDS Unit, UNDESA

Sai Navoti

Head of Partnership at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Amjad Abdula

Mr. Amjad Abdulla is the Head of Partnership at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Prior to his appointment at IRENA, he served as the Director General, Climate Change and multidisciplinary team leader at Ministry of Environment of the Maldives. He has also served in Climate, Renewable Energy and Environment portfolios at the Government of Maldives since1996 as well as other international organizations.

Mr. Abdulla has extensive experience in multilateral negotiations and has been the, Chief Negotiator for Small Islands (SIDS) from 2015-2018, Chair of Least Developed Countries(LDCs) from 2007-2008 and lead negotiator for the Maldives to the UNFCCC since 2001.

Mr. Abdulla has served at various Boards, Committees both locally and internationally, including: Bureau Member and Vice-Chair of Working Group III of IPCC AR6, Vice Chair WG II of IPCC for AR5, Member (Alt) of Green Climate Fund (GCF) board, , Member of Adaptation Committee), Member of CDM Executive Board, Member of the Adaptation Fund Board), Chair and Vice-Chair of SBSTA), a member of Enforcement Branch of Kyoto Compliance Committee under UNFCCC.

Mr. Abdulla is also the author and contributing author to several reports of high international and national significance including the reports of IPCC.

Land and Water officer - FAO

Amani Alfarra

Dr. Amani Alfarra is a water officer at FAO in the Land and Water Division. Dr. Alfarra has more than 20 years of substantive expertise in natural resources management, focused on river basin/ Transboundary River and coastal zone management. My specialized fields include water-based strategies and actions for climate change adaptation, including applying Nature-Based Solutions. During COP24, her NBS publication “NBS for agricultural water management and food security” was successfully launched and recognized by UNDESA. The publication focuses on enhancing the availability and quality of water for productive purposes and human consumption using NBS, an integrated approach for sustainable natural resources management with a focus on investments. NBS has become the third pillar of adaptation to climate change.
Dr. Alfarra has extensive experience in working with managerial and policy issues in the field of natural resources management at the country, regional and global levels.

President - INSULEUR

Joseph Borg

Joseph Borg is presently the President of INSULEUR. He was born on the 3rd December 1960. Throughout the years Mr Borg has held several executive positions, including director with Francis X Borg Co. Ltd., and managing director of the same firm, the family-owned furniture manufacturing company. He also served as a Chairman of Gozo Channel Co. Ltd. and is presently a board member on the newly set up Gozo Regional Development Authority.

Joseph Borg has been actively involved within the Gozo Business Chamber since its inception. From October 2018 he became President of the same Chamber. He is also the Chairman of the Gozo Regional Committee which groups all stakeholders within the island of Gozo and represents the same Committee within the Malta Committee for Economic Social Development.

Mr Borg serves in a number of voluntary organisations in Gozo amongst others as director of the OASI Foundation. He is also a member of the Fondazione Centesimus Annus pro Pontifice.

Executive director - World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Manuel Butler

Executive Director of UNWTO since June 2018. CEO of TURESPAÑA twice (2012-2013 and 2016-2018). President of the European Travel Commission (ETC) in 2013. PhD in Naval Engineering, Master’s degree in senior management (PADE) by IESE Business School and post-graduate degree in corporate finance (London Business School).

Experience in Western Europe, North and Latin America, working in management positions (public and private sectors). Tourism counsellor at Spanish embassies of the UK and Germany and Consulate in Miami, U.S.A.

Executive Director - Global Island Partnership

Kate Brown

Kate Brown is the Executive Director of the Global Island Partnership, a platform that enables island leaders and their supporters to take action to build resilient and sustainable island communities. Kate is a passionate advocate for islands. She is a valued and trusted international partnership and collaboration leader, with a unique ability to connect dots for issues and people. Kate has extensive experience in all island regions globally, and brings an extensive network of island leaders, blue sky thinkers and people dedicated to supporting islands.

Kate has experience working inside government, non-profits and intergovernmentally as well as a keen sense of the most important elements of the international policy setting space relevant to islands as well as what is needed for implementation to happen. A strategic thinker who is able to present clear ideas and set up the right conditions for collaboration to thrive. Kate is originally from New Zealand.

Policy Officer, DG ENER, European Commission

Edita Dranseikaite

Edita Dranseikaite joined the European Commission in 2005 and is currently responsible for coordination of the Clean Energy for the EU Islands Initiative in the Directorate General for Energy. Before that, she worked as programme manager in the Directorate General for Regional Policy and Urban Development and a policy officer in the international team of Directorate General for Environment.

Before joining the Commission, Edita Dranseikaite worked as chief adviser in the Government Chancellery of Lithuania, and was a team member of the Chief Negotiator for Lithuania’s Accession to the EU. She also was teaching European integration and politics at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University. She holds a Master of European Studies degree from the Vilnius University, Lithuania.

 

 

Honorary Director - European Commission, in charge for DGENV of circular economy and islands

Georges Kremlis

Georges Kremlis started his career in the European Commission on 1.1.1981, as a Member of the Legal Service.

He is currently Honorary Director and Active Senior in the Directorate-General for the Environment. He has joined DG ENV in 1995 and has served since then as the Head of the Legal, the Governance and the Cohesion Units.
Before joining the Commission, but also during parts of his career he has exercised several high-level functions in Greece.

He is visiting Professor in a number of European Universities and is the author of a very large number of various publications, in English, French and Greek, and in particular of a four volumes Commentary, Article by Article, of the EU and EC Treaties, under the Nice Treaty (in Greek)”.

Representative - Government Aruba to the EU as well as OCTA ExCo President

Eddy Paris

Eddy PARIS is the representative of the Government of Aruba, one of the 6 overseas countries and territories related to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (NL), and to the European Union.

The different Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) are united within their dedicated association: OCTA (Overseas Countries and Territories Association), of which Eddy PARIS is currently the President of the Executive Committee.

With multiple experiences in the hotel industry, Eddy PARIS masters budget forecasting, banking management, business coaching, sales and hotel management and has strong business development skills.

He graduated from the EU Business School, where he obtained a master’s degree in International Business and Finance.

Professor - Department of Social Justice Education - Centre for Leadership and Diversity - OISE, University of Toronto

John Peter Portelli

John P. Portelli was born in Malta where, after completing a B.A. (Philosophy & Maltese, 1975), he taught history and modern languages at a secondary school and philosophy at a sixth form. In 1977 he was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship and commenced his studies at McGill University from where he obtained an M.A. (1979) and a Ph.D. (1984) in Philosophy.

Currently he is a professor in the Department of Social Justice Education, and the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at OISE, University of Toronto. He is a member of the Centre for Leadership and Diversity and a fellow a St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.

He has published 18 books including four collections of poetry, two collections of short stories and a novel, and over 100 articles and chapters in books. He is frequently invited to give keynote addresses and workshops in his areas of research and teaching which include: continuous professional development, quality assurance, student engagement; students ‘at risk’; democratic education; teaching controversial issues; leadership, equity and diversity; intercultural education and dialogue; educational policy and equity; neoliberalism and education; social justice education; reflective practice; and ethical issues in educational leadership.

 

President - Observatory of Tourism for Island Economies (OTIE)

Giovanni Ruggieri

Giovanni Ruggieri, graduated with honors in Economics from the University of Palermo he spent a semester of study at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. He achieved the title of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Tourism Sciences at the University of Palermo. Adjunct Professor in Applied economics he is adjunct professor of Tourism Economics and Tourism Systems and Hospitality Management. He is the author of several articles on tourism published in international scientific journals and concerning the economic impact issues, the birth and development of tourist destinations and the growth of tourism economies in the island territories. He is member of Unesco Management Plan working Group for Sicily Unesco Foundation. President of the Observatory on Tourism for Islands Economies and chairman of the Scientific Committee made up of professors and international experts. Research topics, with particular attention to island realities, concern: the tourism economy, innovation.

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Popular Jury

This year the GTI Awards will introduce the possibility for island stakeholders to influence the final decision voting through the GTI app.

Coordinator a.i. - UNESCO WWAP

Michela Miletto

Ms Michela Miletto, is the Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). She joined the organization in 2008 as Deputy Coordinator. In her function, she leads WWAP activities in supporting Member States to develop sustainable water management and evidence-based water policies, strategies and programs. She also leads the gender portfolio of UNESCO WWAP.
Michela has worked for more than thirty years in the assessment of water resources and ecosystems, and in the development of renewable resources. Prior to joining UNESCO she extensively worked in development projects of several international organizations and donors (Organization of American States, GEF, EU, UNDESA, Italian Development Cooperation, etc) in Latin America, Eastern Africa, China, and Europe. In the nineties, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Torino, Italy, and researcher at the University of Arizona in Tucson, USA; she authored and co-authored several scientific publications.

 

Chief - SIDS Unit, UNDESA

Sai Navoti

Mr. Sai Navoti is the Chief of the SIDS Unit, UN-DESA. Prior to his present role, internationally, Mr Navoti served as Senior Legal Adviser at the International Seabed Authority, Team Leader and Lead Negotiator for the Group of 77 and China and Lead Negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) He served as the Counter-Terrorism Officer for the Pacific with UNODC and senior advisor to the Fiji presidency of COP23. Nationally, Mr Navoti was a senior Fijian diplomat, Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, legal officer at the Fiji Public Service Commission, a Captain and Legal Advisor to the Fiji Military Forces.

 

Winner Projects 2020

Winner mobility 2020

Winner mobility 2020

Civitas Destination project Winner GTI Awards 2020 – Sustainable mobility General information: Island (Region,

Winner energy 2020

Winner energy 2020

Seychelles Energy Commission Initiative Winner GTI Awards 2020 – Renewable energy and energy efficiency General

Winner water 2020

Winner water 2020

ADAPTaRES Winner GTI Awards 2020 – Water General information: Island (Region, Province, Country): Gran Canaria,

Winner agriculture 2020

Winner agriculture 2020

IAT Climate Smart Greenhouse Winner GTI Awards 2020 – Agriculture General information: Island (Region, Province

Winner waste 2020

Winner waste 2020

Soneva Namoona project Winner GTI Awards 2020 – Waste General information: Island (Region, Province, Country):

Winner tourism 2020

Winner tourism 2020

IntelliReefs – coral reef restoration and preservation Winner GTI Awards 2020 – Sustainable tourism Gener

Malta - Awards 2015
Canary Islands - Awards 2016
Favignana - Awards 2017
Minorca - Awards 2018