Chumbe Island is an internationally acclaimed conservation area, hosting a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve. As a not-for-profit enterprise, the revenue generated by eco-tourism on the island funds all conservation management and supports Chumbe’s extensive environmental education programmes with local schools and communities in Zanzibar. Operational for more than 20 years, Chumbe is
the world’s first financially self-sustaining marine protected area.
Egadi Arcipelago – Municipality of Favignana
Menorca is the northernmost of the Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea at the west of the Iberia Peninsula. It has an extension of 701.8 km2 and a population of almost 100,000 inhabitants.
In 2019, 1,544 GWh of final energy was consumed, of which 446 GWh was in the form of electric power. In the same year, only 2.59% of the total primary electricity generated (12.7 GWh) came from renewables, while generation was mostly taken by the diesel fired power plant with an installed capacity of 271.6 MW witch combines diesel engines and gas turbines. Since 1975 the island is interconnected with Mallorca and ultimately with the Iberic Peninsula via a 118 MW capacity submarine cable
In 2020 the Menorca 2030 Strategy document, the Roadmap to Decarbonize the Island’s Energy System was approved after the collective efforts of endless organizations, institutions, companies and individuals who, from their different areas of expertise, made a commitment to prioritizing what was already a social and political consensus; the energy transition of the island of Menorca. This document established a turning point and is every day taking us closer to a scenario where the island is producing 85% of its electricity demand with renewable sources while cutting in half its CO2 emissions.
Many great milestones have been achieved since then, such as:
The deployment of 50 MW of solar photovoltaics divided into solar farms and smaller installation in both domestic and public-owned buildings;
The creation of the Office of Energy Menorca 2030, which offers several services in different issues related to energy, such as self-consumption, electric mobility, energy efficiency and electricity billings both to citizens and business on the island.
The instillation of 40 charging stations for EVs.
Participating in two EU HORIZON2020 Energy Transition Projects (SMILE and INSULAE)
And many are currently under development, such as:
REGENERATE Project: Promotion of the renovation of the island building park to improve its energy efficiency conditions as a public-private program to promote the eco-efficient rehabilitation of homes towards a sustainable and fair energy transition
TRAPUCONET Project: 1.5 MW socialized solar photovoltaic plant, co-owned by public entities and citizens as small investors. This project is pioneer in Spain.
ENERGY & WATER Project: SMART management of the energy demand from water treatment reduce energy curtailment generated by high penetration of intermittent technologies.
E-MOBILITY Project: Electrification of regular public passenger transport lines.
Nature foundation St Marteen
Syros is located at the heart of the Cyclades. It is a small island with an area of only 84 square kilometres and its coasts are 87 km long. Although Syros is 11th in size among the other islands of the Cyclades, it is the largest in population. The resident population of Syros comes up to 21,390 inhabitants.
It has an excellent natural harbor, where the main city of the island has been built and a very interesting terrain with low mountains and steep hills. The southern part of the island is almost level with small fertile fields and the northern part is mountainous.
The island is characterized by an urban image. Being the capital of the Cyclades and the seat of the South Aegean Region, Syros houses all the administrative services of the prefecture.
Furthermore Syros is a beautiful blend of a historical past and a vibrant present. The comparative advantages of the island are the clear blue waters, the sandy beaches, the culture and the extreme scenery. Therefore, it is essential that Syros should make long-term strategic plans in order to shape its identity, improve its image and reputation, attract visitors, investments and new residents and create emotions of coincidence and pride to its current residents.
Halki is one of the islands of the south eastern Aegean in the archipelago of the Dodecanese with 478 inhabitants (2011 official data). It is located 5 miles west of the Armenistis cape of Rhodes Monolith, which makes it the closest island to Rhodes in the Dodecanese. It is 35 nm from the main port of Rhodes. while from Skala Kameirou only 11n.m. The surface of the island is 28 sq.km with a coastline of 34 km. In general, the soil of Halki is semi-mountainous and barren. The highest peaks are Merovigli (593 m.) NE. part of the island and the Prophet Elias (578 m.) in the central part. The coasts are mostly steep and rocky with small beaches with sand and pebbles mainly in the northern and southern part of the island.
The Cres-Lošinj Archipelago is located in the northern part of the Adriatic Sea and is the largest island group in the Adriatic. It consists of the island of Cres (the largest island in the Adriatic), the island of Lošinj and 6 more inhabited islands located along the western and southern coast of the island of Lošinj: Unije, Ilovik, Susak, Srakane Male, Srakane Vela and Sv. Peter.
The island of Lošinj is separated from Cres by an 11 meter wide canal in Osor, crossed by a drawbridge.
The archipelago has 11.000 inhabitants and a total area of the is 509.39 km². Tourism is the main economic activity characterised by a pronounced seasonality. In the Sumer the daily peak of tourists present on the islands reaches more than 30.000. The archipelago is connected to the mainland electricity greed. The total amount of separated waste (plastic, paper, glass,…) on the archipelago in 2019 was 2.070 tons and the total amount of communal waste was 10.550 tons.
Kökar is an independent municipality with 232 residents far out at sea. With gradually falling population numbers, strong seasonal shifts in human pressure on our infrastructure, and being big consumers of fossil energy, we wanted to make a sustainability check of our island.
Not pleased with the ordinary sustainability methods, we invented a toolbox of our own: habitability.
Maio, one of the islands of the Cape Verde archipelago, covers an area of 269 km2. The island is 24 km long and 16 km wide and is home to a population of approximately 6,700 inhabitants (as of 2000). Maio is one of the leeward islands and has the following coordinates: Latitude 15 ° 06 ′ N and 15 ° 20 ′ N Longitude 23 ° 05 ′ W and 23 ° 14 ′ W. The island lies to the south of the island Boavista and to the east of Santiago. Maio (May) was named after its discovery on the 1st day of May 1460. Even though it is an island of volcanic origin, its land is especially flat and its highest elevation is Monte Penoso, at 437 metres above the sea level. From the geomorphological point of view, Maio is considered the oldest island in the country. This island is around 23 km away from the capital of Cape Verde, i.e., the town of Praia. Despite its historic importance and its natural beauty, Maio’s economic conditions are below the desired level. Cidade de Porto Inglês, formerly known as Vila do Porto Inglês or Vila do Maio, is the largest urban area in the island. Apart from the town of Porto Inglês, there are two villages (Calheta and Barreiro) and ten further spots: Morro, Morrinho, Cascabulho, Praia Gonçalo, Santo António, Pedro Vaz, Alcatraz, Pilão Cão, Ribeira Dom João and Figueiras.
The Republic of Maldives is a South Asian nation of 1,190 coral islands, located in the Indian Ocean. The total land area of the country is estimated to be approximately 298km, with a population of over 397,823. The administration of the country is divided into 20 atolls, with Male’ as the political and commercial capital out which 190 is islands are inhabited islands.
As a low-lying island nation, Maldives is especially vulnerable to the impact of climate change and global warming.
The Maldives relies almost entirely on imported fossil fuel to meet its energy demands. The major uses of fossil fuel are for transport and electricity generation. Due to the dispersed nature of the islands, Maldives does not have one single national grid. Each island has its own electricity generation and distribution facility resulting in costly electricity service.
Province of Siquijor
Located in the Central Visayas Region of the Philippines, Siquijor is the smallest province in the region and the 3rd smallest province in the country.
It is classified as a 5th class province and has one congressional district. Previously a sub-province of Negros Oriental, it became an independent province by virtue of Republic Act 6398 enacted on September 17, 1971.
It has a total land area of 343.5 square kilometers boasting of a 102-kilometer long coastline. Siquijor is a beautiful island blessed with stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear seas and rich marine biodiversity.
Santiago is the biggest island of Cape Verde, with its capital of Praia in the southeast. Santiago has had a strong influence on the history of the archipelago. More than half of the Cape Verdeans now live on this island. With an area of 990 kilometres, Santiago is probably the most diverse island in terms of its landscape. You can find fine sandy beaches, mighty mountains and dry steppe areas, as well as fertile valleys and plateaus.
Two volcanic mountain ranges dominate the structure of the island: The arch of the Serra Malagueta (1394 metres) runs from the west coast to the east in the north; at the centre of the island, a mountain range stretches around the island’s highest peak, the Pico d’Antónia. The two monuments of nature are surrounded by achadas (plateaus) and flat-top mountains of lava rock. The achadas in the interior of the island display rich vegetation: Acacia, euphorbias and figs are very common here since the soil is comparatively moist. In the north and south, the plateaus are much more barren and crossed by dry valleys (ribeiras).
The island has been very strongly influenced by Africa in terms of its culture. After all, it was the centre for the slave trade with the neighbouring continent for many years. The classic music styles such as funana and batuco, which are present everywhere, are a potent reminder of this fact.
With its roughly 100,000 inhabitants, the capital of Praia is the governmental and economic epicentre of the country.
As one of the remotest islands on Earth, situated in the middle of the South Atlatnic, St Helena boasts an incredible natural environment and a unique melting pot of cultures (pop. 4,439). The island is less than 1/3 the size of the Isle of Wight, but is home to an astounding 30% of the biodiversity in the whole of the UK and its Overseas Territories – many of its endemics are endangered. St Helena is also home to to the world’s oldest living land animal, and is surrounded by a Category VI Marine Protected Area in which only one-by-one fishing is allowed to take place. Next year is an important conservation anniversary for the island, as we mark the 20th anniversary of the St Helena National Trust.
Lipari – Preservation Fund
The AIPF exists to preserve the exceptional beauty and natural heritage
of the archipelago; by encouraging a more responsible, sustainably led approach to tourism and promoting its unique, ecologically rich ecosystem.
The AIPF is an initiative started in 2015 by friends of the Aeolian Islands, who want to give this fragile ecosystem the protection it deserves.
We raise money from people from all around the world who care about the future of the Aeolian Islands. We use funds raised to give out grants to local environmental and sustainable initiatives.
To address these social and environmental challenges, the AIPF has worked with partners and funded projects to protect the land and sea, commissioned studies to engage the community and promote change, and established alliances to strengthen local voices on critical issues.
We do this so future generations can also love, enjoy and prosper from the Aeolians pristine seas and marine species, fertile soils and landscape, unique biodiversity and exceptional, natural beauty. By preserving our islands’ natural beauty and resources, we contribute to the community’s well-being and prosperity.
Island Association members
The Economic Development Agency of Corsica is the strong arm of the regional island’s Government in terms of implementing economic policies and to promote the attractivity of the territory. Through providing helps and funds, the Agency is also the major partner for companies that want to settle a new project in Corsica.
The new recovery plan adopted by the Island emphasis innovation as a priority for the Corsica’s green transition. The ADEC is at the heart of this strategy providing fundings, technical help, legal advisors but also helping any project owner in their internationalization process.
The Agency is now settled in North America and in Northern Europe to find new opportunities for companies to build innovative partnerships that would support the ecological objectives of the Island.
International cooperation in favor of the ecological transition is our main preoccupation. To do so, our islander partners are privileged as we share common matters that request common answers. Together, let’s impulse the change and let’s green our Islands!
The Islands Commission is one of the six geographical commissions of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), gathering 19 European regional insular authorities from 5 sea basins. More than expertise on island issues, the IC works for European institutions to pay special attention to the islands as per Art. 174 TFUE. It also aims at fostering interregional cooperation between islands on priority areas such as energy transition, circular economy, blue growth, transport & accessibility, and sustainable tourism through best practice sharing and involvement in EU cooperation projects. The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) represents more than 150 regional authorities from 24 countries across Europe and Organised in geographical commissions, it works to ensure that a balanced territorial development is at the heart of the European Union and its policies.
The CPMR produces policy positions and analysis based on input from its member regions on core areas of work: cohesion, transport, maritime, climate & energy and migration. The CPMR is also involved in around 20 EU projects.
Development Agency of Cyclades
In 2006, the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held its eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP). Recognising the specific challenges and vulnerabilities faced by islands, particularly Small Island Developing States, a programme of work was adopted specifically to significantly reduce the loss of biodiversity on islands (decision viii/1). Healthy ecosystems underpin sustainable livelihoods, health and poverty eradication. The decision further called on “Parties to establish national, sub-regional, regional and international island partnerships that bring Governments and civil society organizations together to increase political, financial and technical support to accelerate the implementation of the programme of work on island biodiversity”. Inspired by this call, the leaders of Palau, Seychelles, Republic of Marshall Islands, Grenada and the British Virgin Islands came together to catalyse this into reality, and the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) was born.
The Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union (INSULEUR) is a not-for-profit association set up in compliance with Greek law which oversees the close cooperation between insular Chambers of Commerce in the EU and aims to promote the economic and social development of islands in the EU.
The Network HQ is located in Chios (Greece) and its articles of association have been deposited at the Court of the same city.
In addition to the ordinary members (the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, as well as certain heads of national networks committed to the development of insular regions), any legal entity whose main aim is the development of insular regions in the EU may be registered as a associate member of the Network.
The Network has permanent representation at European Union institutions in Brussels.
The aims of the Network are:
1) Ensuring collaboration between members so as to support insular regions in the European Union, fight isolation, highlight their specificities and formulate proposals to solve their problems.
2) Putting together an integrated policy for the development of its regions and closely collaborating in this aim with European institutions as well as with non-governmental organisations to implement this policy.
3) Encouraging initiatives, projects and perspectives on the economic development of insular regions in the European Union.
4) Drawing up a list of specific problems businesses in insular regions in the European Union face, studying them and submitting appropriate proposals.
5) Putting information and research activities into place to facilitate the aforementioned aims being carried out.
6) Undertaking any other activity that may contribute to these objectives being achieved.
The European Islands Facility NESOI is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to mobilise more than € 100 mln of investment in energy transition projects to over 2.000 inhabited EU islands by 2023, giving the opportunity to implement energy technologies and innovative approaches in a cost-competitive way. The NESOI European Island Facility has three key objectives:
- Promote investments for energy transition in the islands
- Facilitate the decentralization of energy systems
- Contribute to EU policies and the achievement of 2030 targets
To achieve this, NESOI is in the process of building a platform able not only to provide first-step funding for islands energy transitions plans, but also a one-stop-shop for islands where to find ideas and effective organisational, technical and financial instruments for the whole value chain of a project.”
The Association of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTA) was registered in Belgium as a non-profit association (ASBL) in March 2003 by the governments of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
Up to 2020, 22 out of the 25 OCTs were members of OCTA, i.e. all the permanently inhabited territories (21) as well as the French Southern Antarctic Lands (TAAF). As a consequence of the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, from 1 February 2020, the 12 UK Overseas Territories are no longer Overseas Countries and Territories associated to the European Union, bringing the number of OCTA members to 13.
The 13 members are: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic lands (TAAF), Greenland, New-Caledonia, Saba, Saint-Barthelemy, Sint-Eustatius, Saint-Pierre-and-Miquelon, Sint-Maarten and Wallis and Futuna.
OCTA serves as a platform through which the OCTs realise their common goals by working collectively through cooperation, policy dialogue, promotion of common positions and partnerships for the sustainable development of OCTs.
OCTA provides a forum to develop effective working relationships with the EU and support the collective interests of its members in several cooperation areas of the EU-OCT association.
Our objectives are:
- To consolidate and reinforce solidarity between OCTs and EU stakeholders
- To make recommendations and carry out various projects/programmes to enhance opportunities, comparative advantage and natural assets in order to strengthen the position of OCTs at regional and global levels
- To promote cooperation and develop a knowledge centre and thematic networks in order to consolidate ownership and provide a point of reference for creating and disseminating valuable information on the relationship between the EU and the OCTs
- To create a framework to engage the private sector, academia and civil society to enhance the profile, reputation and position of the OCTs.
The Observatory on Tourism in the European Islands (OTIE) was founded in Palermo in 2007 as a non-profit organization. Its activities are focused on updating the Databank on Insular Tourism, achieving studies and research, organizing seminars, training activities, and participating in the European projects. OTIE provides its support to the insular realities to devise strategic, operative, and marketing plans on tourism. Since 2011, OTIE organizes the OTIE Summer School providing to participants suggestions and best practices in island tourism, through a practical approach. OTIE organizes the annual International Conference on Islands Tourism (ICIT) where researchers and practitioners share their research and competence on islands issues. In 2017 OTIE established the first Island Economy Working Group (IEWG), focused on supporting the development of islands through the tourist promotion of the existing heritage. The IEWG gathers international representatives of insular contexts and experts, at EU and world-wide level. In 2020, was launched the first edition of the International Journal of Island Research (IJIR) a high-quality, international publication which deals with all aspects of Island research. The IJIR was founded in 2019 by OTIE and it is published by the Technological University of Dublin.
The Island development agency’s goal is to contribute to the sustainable development of the Cres-Lošinj archipelago through initiatives that will diversify economic activities, preserve and valorise natural and cultural heritage, preserve the environment and accelerate the transition to clean energy, reduce climate change and improve quality of life and improve the demographic picture of the local community. Therefore, Island development agency’s vision is to become a central institution for coordinating the management of the overall development of the Cres-Lošinj archipelago, which has gained the trust of key stakeholders in the public, business and civil sectors and by their networking accelerates and promotes the implementation of sustainable development initiatives in accordance with the priorities of the towns of Cres and Mali Lošinj.
Island development agency cooperates directly with several public, private and civil society organizations from the city of Cres and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, and in its work has generally been guided for many years by the principles of CLLD, participatory approach to planning and implementing development, promoting governance instead of government management method and mobilizing all stakeholders communities to engage in various sustainable development initiatives.
In 2019 the agency coordinated the elaboration of the Clean Energy Transition Agenda of the Cres-Lošinj archipelago, and now coordinates its implementation.
The Small Islands Organisation (SMILO) is an NGO which assists small islands of less than 150 km² that wish to work towards managing their territory more sustainably. SMILO aims to curb impacts linked to human activities and development, whilst fostering innovations on islands that benefit the local population and their environment. SMILO focuses on sustainable solutions in the fields of water & sanitation, waste, energy, biodiversity, landscape and heritage. Today, over 35 islands are members of the SMILO network, driven by a mind-set of cooperation and solidarity between islands. The members share their knowledge and best practices at regular meetings. They also attend training courses and workshops hosted by experts – who mostly donate their time free of charge. The islands can call upon these experts for advice and technical back-up out in the field.
Industry Association members
The International Geothermal Association (IGA) is the leading global platform on geothermal energy. With our four pillars Visibility, Sustainability, Partnerships and Authority, we are committed to push geothermal as a gamechanger for achieving Sustainable Development Goal #7 providing affordable, clean, baseload energy for all.
The IGA connects the Global Geothermal Community, serving as a hub for networking opportunities aimed at promoting and supporting global geothermal development. With industry partners we set standards, mature the technology agenda and nurture entrepreneurs engaged in clean technology. The IGA represents the global geothermal industry to international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Renewable Energy Agency and the International Energy Agency.
Marine Renewables Canada is a national association for tidal, offshore wind, wave, and river current energy development. We represent technology and project developers, utilities, suppliers, government, and researchers. Since 2004, the organization has worked to advance the development of a marine renewable energy industry in Canada that can be globally competitive.
Solar Power Europe
Academia & Research members
University of Malta
The Islands and Small States Institute promotes research and training on economic, social, cultural, ecological and geographical aspects of islands and small states.
We offer postgraduate courses on islands and small states studies as well as the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Starting October 2020, in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the ISSI is offering its study programmes fully online and in hybrid format.
You can learn more about entry-level requirements. Please note that you may even be eligible for a full scholarship from the University of Malta.
The ISSI has developed three research platforms: The Small States Health Platform (SSHP) focuses on health issues in small states and is coordinated by Dr Natasha Azzopardi Muscat. As a result of this initiative, and due to the notable track record of the Institute relating to top−level policy research on health in small states, the Institute was designated in 2017 as the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Health Systems and Policies in Small States.
The Climate Change Platform (CCP) focuses on climate change in islands and small states and is coordinated by Dr Stefano Moncada, the Director of the ISSI. It smoothens and brokers collaboration between UM entities and individual UM academics interested in climate change issues and promotes research and teaching initiatives relating to climate change at the UM and elsewhere.
The Island Tourism Platform (ITP) has the objective of promoting research and teaching initiatives relating to island tourism at UM and elsewhere. It is coordinated by Dr Marie Avellino, Director of the UM’s Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture.
On the occasion of the Institute’s 30th Anniversary, in December 2019, the ISSI has launched a Commemorative Publication, providing valuable information about its history, academic and policy contributions, fields of work, offers and contributors of the past three decades.
If you are interested in studying with us, then please get in touch. We will be happy to discuss your research interests and guide you through the application process.
University of Strathclyde
ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty in the region. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region. Its main instruments for helping its developing member countries are policy dialogue, loans, equity investments, guarantees, grants, and technical assistance. ADB maximizes the development impact of its assistance by facilitating policy dialogues, providing advisory services, and mobilizing financial resources through cofinancing operations that tap official, commercial, and export credit sources.
Since 1990, FEDARENE has been bringing Europe and its regions closer together in their common transition towards clean and efficient energy. As a federation of regions, energy agencies and islands, it now has over 80 members from 23 European countries, drawing advice from 800 experts across the EU.
Gozo Regional Development Authority
The Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation (MITDC) is a 100% Maldivian Government, State Owned Enterprise (SOE), and has been mandated with the development of integrated tourism (majorly in local inhabited islands) in the Maldives. This includes development of Guest houses / City Hotels and Integrated Tourism Zones within the island communities, assisting the Government of Maldives in formulating the regulatory framework for such developments, marketing and promoting Integrated Tourism Developments in the country and to facilitate the availability of utilities and value added services for such developments.