Island Members

Egadi Arcipelago Municipality of Favignana (Italy)
Egadi Arcipelago Municipality of Favignana

Where islands, governments and corporates come together!

A think tank to analyse island needs and identify innovative solutions in energy, water, mobility and other environmental sectors to support the definition and the implementation of strategies and plans of governments and corporates.


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We have created the Greening the Islands Observatory to respond to a pressing need expressed by a range of stakeholders in our conferences: having a systematic and scientific approach to island sustainability across key sectors like energy, water and mobility.

The Observatory will respond to this urgent necessity by gathering and compiling information and providing analysis on essential topics:

costs, technologies and solutions, laws and regulations, licenses and permits. We are forming a Scientific Island Committee to guide the Observatory activities in terms of the needs and solutions required for islands to respect environmental, landscape, geomorphological and social diversity.

The committee will include representatives of government, international institutions, industry associations, companies and other island stakeholders.

Next steps

2 days meetings in each island of the Observatory, hosted by the Islands’ Governments, involving all key local stakeholders, Corporate and Industry Associations Members.

The target will be to follow up to the hypothesis made during the November 2018 meeting in Rome, run a deep dive into islands status and needs, understand the real situation also with site visits.

During the meetings the first draft of the report on policy, regulation and permitting for each island will be presented and discussed.

In May it’s foreseen a mid-year event of the Observatory, in the framework of the EU Islands Secretariat Forum of the EU Commission in Northern Europe. The Secretariat will organise also an exhibition where the Observatory will reserve a GTI Observatory area for its Members.

Several reasons why the Observatory was created.

A non-exhaustive list of information collected and processed in the Observatory.

See who is being part of the Scientific Island Committee.

Observatory objectives

  • 1. Island needs

    Analyse and monitor island needs, demand for projects and development opportunities in the energy, water, mobility and other environmental sectors on small islands in Europe and worldwide

  • 2. Incentives and financing

    Provide updated information on incentives and financing opportunities on islands and remote locations

  • 3. Favorable legislation for islands

    Promote initiatives aimed at a convergence of stakeholder positions to prompt development of a favorable legislative and regulatory framework for islands

  • 4. Concessions

    Support national and local governments in regulating concessions

  • 5. Technology & best practices

    Provide an updated overview on technology and costs, giving also their trends, as well as gather examples of best practice innovative solutions

  • 6. Information

    Make results available through regular reports and disseminate findings using communication tools made available by Greening the

The Greening the Islands Observatory will conduct its activities over a period of three years, based on annual plans. These plans will be proposed by Greening the Islands and discussed during the Scientific Islands Committee meetings. Plans will indicate objectives for the annual and intermediate studies and set a schedule of meetings.


You can join the Greening the Islands Observatory and help shape its activities to make it as effective as possible for your needs.

Observatory members will not only attend meetings to discuss the progress of its studies but also gain a precious opportunity to increase their network with our multidisciplinary team of experts through face-to-face meetings, online forums, webinars and conferences organised by Greening the Islands.

The first operational meeting of the Observatory will be held in May in occasion of the Greening the Islands Conference in Minorca, where members will have a unique opportunity to address the targets and plans for the Observatory’s first working year.

Islands members benefits

  • Analysis on the status of the island for the areas involved in the study by specialized professionals
  • Identification of needed innovative solutions
  • Benchmarking with the other selected islands
  • Access to finance: private investors or public funds (EU, World Bank, etc.)
  • Promotion of the island as a green destination for a tourism oriented to sustainability
  • Recommendations of actions for the local population and enterprise

Corporate members benefits

  • Active lobbying to create and/or support the island MKT at global level
  • Corporate visibility and promotion
  • Netwotking with potential customers and partners from islands
  • Know how: key information and update on islands needs/MKTs to address strategies
  • Involvement in coalitions for tender applications, proposing their innovative solutions
  • Analysis on the status of the island for the areas involved in the study by specialized professionals

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