Small islands are both fragile and unique. As they are at the forefront of global changes, they accumulate many issues: limited resources, biological diversity needing protection, pressures associated to human activities... These are issues which can possibly have pragmatic and effective solutions making small islands pioneers of more sustainable development.
Small Islands Organisation (SMILO) international program's objective is to support islands of less than 150 km² who want to structure and federate measures to better manage resources and biodiversity. This approach is materialised through a labelling process, providing international recognition for areas who are committed to human development which is compatible with the environment. The development phase of the program (2017-2021) is intended to support 18 small islands located in West Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Mediterranean.
Backed by the SMILO association with the support of the Conservatoire du Littoral, this approach has the support of many international key-players involved in island and the coastal protection, such as the French Facility for Global Environment, Global Island Partnership and the France-Italy Interreg Maritime program 2014-2020, the French Environment Ministry, the Rhône Mediterranean and Corsican Water Agency, the City of Marseille and the Global Islands Partnership.
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The Assessment Committee is composed of 10 qualified personalities, representative of SMILO program themes of interest (Water, Energy, Waste, Terrestrial and Marine Ecosystems, Landscapes, Governance and Human Activities). These members, called Reporters, were approached by SMILO Administrative Council for their skills and experiences. Coming from all around the world, Reporters meet at least once a year in person to carry out the ongoing intermediate and final assessments. In this context, they issue a common opinion, after study of applications, which they transmit to the Administrative Council, the only decision-makers of Label granting. They are all independent, non-adherents to the NGO and sign a cooperation convention defining their role within SMILO NGO.
On the occasion of an intermediate or final Assessment, the Assessment Committee mobilizes one of its members (a Reporter) directly on the candidate island. The latter checks in situ the conformity of all labelling steps preceding the assessment. Available and open-minded, Reporter’s role goes beyond a simple review of required minima. He/She can advise and carry the island, via its Island Committee, to modifications of its project for more consistency with objectives of achieving Sustainable Island Label.
Focus areas: Sustainable development, Environmental and Island Territorial Management, International Relations
Applicants are invited to send their application per email to firstname.lastname@example.org before February 7, 2020, midnight, French time. Applications sent after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.
Documents to download: ToR Internship - Islands Sustainable Development
SMILO Team, called Secreteriat, is always available to reply to any question you may have, partnership proposals, projects and ideas, or if you wish to join our network.
Sylvain Petit, Executive Secretary
Domitille Le Huédé, Project Manager
Marta Ferretti, Project Manager
Claire Mignet, Project Manager
Sylvain, Domitille and Marta welcome you in the SMILO community!
The associated facilitators and experts are the resource people involved in the SMILO approach to support islands in their process towards progress.
Facilitators support the island throughout all the labelling stages.
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Experts provide technical support in relation to the program’s various topics in order to deal with the island’s issues.
The NGO Small Islands Organisation (SMILO) was officially established on December 7, 2016.
Its aim is to carry out projects that actively contribute to a better balance between human development and the management of resources on islands. It operates mainly on small islands (< 150 km2) around the planet using various methods (promoting good practices and innovative solutions, networking and cooperation between peers, technical and institutional support, investments and certification).
The NGO will help to initiate integrated territorial projects, in collaboration with all the stakeholders on the following themes: water, energy, waste, terrestrial and marine biodiversity and ecosystems, landscapes, cultural and socio-economic development and land-use planning.
SMILO network consists of several entities:
People who created the NGO, guarantors of the objectives and ethics that are at its origin. They are ex-officio members of the Council Administration.
These are individuals who have been designated by the Island Committee that they represent. An island Committee is represented by one single person that can sit on the college of the Island Committee representatives.
Those considered island life contributors are any person - or legal entity - who actively participate in the life of the island and meet the SMILO definition. They can be an Island Committee member.
These are representatives of institutions and networks involved in the development of SMILO general objectives.
Those considered as qualified are people providing specific skills, in relation to the island and the issues they may encounter, to help the association.
In addition, any other person - moral or physical - interested in the object of the NGO may have the quality of :
- sympathizer, in the absence of donation
- benefactor, in case of donation
This status allows privileged acess to SMILO events and ressources. On the other hand, it does not confer the right to vote on the assembly.
The Board of Directors is composed of representatives of the following colleges:
Tatienne BE - représentante du comité insulaire de la Mer d'Emeraude (Madagascar)
Tommy Melo - représentant du comité insulaire de Santa Luzia (Cap-Vert)
La Commune de Gorée représentée par Annie Jouga
La Fondation SULUBAAI représentée par Frédéric Tardieu
PIM (Small Islands of the Mediterranean)
GLISPA (Global Islands Partnership)
Guillaume Thiériot (Facilitator, Bolama Island)
Antonio de Abreu (Facilitator, Principe Island)
It is formed by:
To find out more about the composition of the NGO, please click on the following link :
|OUR FINANCIAL PARTNERS|
|Conservatoire du littoral - French Coastal Management Agency|
|French Facility for Global Environment|
|Interreg Programme Itaty-France Maritime 2014-2020|
|Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation|
|French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition|
|French Embassy in Croatia|
|OUR INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS|
The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
|PIM Initiative for Mediterranean Small Islands|
|Agence de l'Eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse - French Water Management Agency for the Rhone, Mediterranean and Corsica areas|
|Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions|
|In 2019 we have joined the French Network of Anna Lindh Foundation|
|City of Marseille|