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.

SMILO (Small Islands Organisation) is an NGO governed by french law. Its mission is to support small islands measuring less than 150 km² that wish to adopt a more sustainable way of managing their territory. SMILO’s actions cover various transversal themes such as water, sanitation, waste, energy, biodiversity, landscapes and island heritage.

SMILO’s approach is anchored in shared governance and fosters the sustainable development of each territory to the benefit of its population and their environment.

The islands’ dedication is recognised in a label developed by SMILO. The Sustainable Island label constitutes international recognition for small islands that are striving to improve the management and conservation of natural resources. The label aims to highlight conservation challenges on small islands and to promote territories that are veritable "laboratories" with a role to play in ecological transitioning. To support islands as they work towards the label, SMILO grants access to an Islands Fund, which finances concrete, innovative operations on islands.

During the development phase (2017-2021), 18 small islands located in Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia joined the NGO SMILO with a view to obtaining the Sustainable Island label.

All in all, over thirty island territories are members of the SMILO network, embracing a spirit of cooperation and solidarity between islands. The network regularly brings islands and partners together at international events, where they can pool their best practices as well as their knowledge on specific subjects. Training courses and workshops are also organised, run by experts - usually volunteers - who the islanders can also call upon for advice and technical support directly in the field.

Advocacy initiatives by the NGO SMILO aim to put the question of small islands on the international agenda. Small islands are standing on the front lines of climate change and can thus be pioneers in achieving more sustainable development.

In terms of governance, SMILO holds a General Assembly and has a Board of Directors composed of 5 colleges. The NGO is aided and accommodated by the European & International Division of the Conservatoire du littoral, and supported by the FFEM (the French Facility for Global Environment), the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Europe’s Interreg France-Italy (Maritime) programme 2014-2020, France’s Ministry of the Environment, and the French Embassy in Croatia.

 

A FOUR-POINT STRATEGY

  • Structure and strengthen shared and sustainable local governance that involves all local actors
  • Support innovative and concrete operations for the sustainable management of territories through technical and financial support
  • Strengthen international cooperation, through the exchange of knowledge and good practices, the mobilization of experts, etc.
  • Valorise the results at the internal level, through major meetings and events, capitalisation and sharing of good practices.

 

CONCRETE COMMITMENTS AND BENEFITS

On a local level

  • Identification of the island's margins for progress in terms of resource management
  • Recognition of the key-players’ commitment
  • Strengthening of local management capacities: lobbying, reporting, innovative financing
  • Raising public awareness 

On an international level

  • Capitalisation of sustainable territorial planning and practices that can be replicated in other territories
  • Concrete contribution to ecological transition and sustainable management of resources, in line with international conventions
  • Recognition of island territories

 

STRATEGIC AND THEMATIC ORIENTATIONS

The strategic orientations are SMILO's principles and main recommendations to follow to sustainably manage an island's resources and to protect its environment. They form together the framework for candidate islands to the certification process.

The thematic orientations define the fields in which the islands are evaluated. They also characterise the themes on which SMILO can provide expertise.

These objectives are summarised in the diagram below and are available via the following link: Strategic and thematic orientations.

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Biodiversity & ecosystems

Freshwater and sanitation

Landscapes and cultural heritage

Waste

Energy

détails sur l'eau douce et l'assainissement détails sur l'énergie Les problèmes de gestion des déchets, et notamment de la pollution plastique (macro et micro), se manifestent de façon plus aiguë sur les îles détails sur les paysages

OPERATION

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.

 

REPORTER'S ROLE

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.

 

INTERNSHIP - Islands Sustainable Development
SMALL ISLANDS ORGANISATION

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Focus areas: Sustainable development, Environmental and Island Territorial Management, International Relations
Functions: Project Management / Development / Communications
Expected starting date: March 2020
Type of contract: internship, only for University students, 1st or 2nd year of Master
Duration: 6 months
Location: Aix-en-Provence (South of France)
Closing date: February 7, 2020

Applicants are invited to send their application per email to secretariat@smilo-program.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

Sylvain Petit, Executive Secretary
Sylvain holds a Master's degree in Economics and Geography. After working in the fields of tourism, coastal planning, and nature conservation, Sylvain is now mostly dedicated to small islands. While he officially joined our team in June as Executive Secretary, he was part of the initiative from the very beginning, working as a facilitator and member of the Board of Directors. This Franco-Croatian previously lived on the Adriatic coast for 7 years, in the city of Split, where he was responsible for ICZM projects and initiatives implementation with the UN Environment Mediterranean Action Program (PAP/RAC). Sylvain quickly fell in love with Croatian islands. From the island of Vancouver to Crete via Sardinia, he is a convinced and passionate islander.

Domitille Le Huede 

Domitille Le Huédé, Project Manager
Domitille joined SMILO team as a Project Officer at the beginning of the year. She graduated with a Master’s degree in International Development and Environment Project Management from Sciences Po Paris. She previously worked in Samoa Islands within the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), where she supported South Pacific Small Islands Developing States in marine biodiversity conservation projects. She then worked at the Pacific Office of the French MPA Agency, before moving to South of France to work for the Conservatoire du littoral International Delegation, where she was already supporting SMILO. She first discovered her passion for islands when she started sailing around Brittany islands, then in Indonesia where she lived one year.

SMILO team 

Marta Ferretti, Project Manager
Marta joined the team in April as our new Project Officer. She holds a MSc in International Relations with a specialisation in Environmental Politics from the London School of Economics (LSE). She also holds a Master's degree in European and International Law from the University of Geneva. Marta previously worked in London for a communications & advocacy consultancy specialised in the environment, where she focused on nature-based solutions and sustainable agriculture and forest management. This native Italian later joined the UN in Rome, working on issues related to climate change and food security, and partnerships building at the World Food Programme (UN WFP). She is a firm believer of the leading role that islands can play for the planet global conservation.

Photo Claire Mignet HD Couleur 2

Claire Mignet, Project Manager                                                                           
Claire is responsible for the operational implementation of the partnership between SMILO and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation on the sustainable management of waste on small Mediterranean islands. She is an engineer specialised in Urban and Environmental engineering, with over 20 years of experience in the development of territorial programs with an environmental focus. During her last 6-year mission with Port-Cros National Park, she facilitated the engagement of Hyères islands in various sustainable development projects. She is also the director of the "Shared Mediterranean Conservatory" association, which aims to preserve and enhance cultivated biodiversity of the Mediterranean.

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.

To know more about the facilitator, click to the following link :

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Roadmap facilitatore
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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.

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All the NGO call for proposals and procurement notices are available here below.

 

CURRENT PROCUREMENT NOTICES

 

CALL FOR TENDERS - for the production of videos and pictures for the NGO Small Islands Organisation

All interested candidates are invited to send their application per email to secretariat@smilo-program.org before February 28, 2020, midnight, French time. Applications sent after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

For further information, please contact Sylvain Petit, SMILO Executive Secretary, at the following email address: s.petit@smilo-program.org

Documents to download:

Terms of reference

 

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PAST PROCUREMENT NOTICES

 

CALL FOR TENDERS - for the elaboration of digital communication tools for the Projet to improve Lérins islands' marin habitats and to develop a Sustainable Island Strategy.

All interested candidates are invited to send their application per email to secretariat@smilo-program.org and s.petit@smilo-program.org before Septembre 18, 2019, midnight, French time. Applications sent after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

For further information, please contact Sylvain Petit, SMILO Executive Secretary, at the following email address: s.petit@smilo-program.org

Documents to download:

Terms of reference (in French)

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CALL FOR TENDERS - Elaboration of a technical guide for wastewater use on small islands, following the case of Saint-Honorat.

All interested candidates are invited to send their application per email to secretariat@smilo-program.org and s.petit@smilo-program.org before Septembre 6, 2019, midnight, French time. Applications sent after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

For further information, please contact Sylvain Petit, SMILO Executive Secretary, at the following email address: s.petit@smilo-program.org

Documents to download:

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CALL FOR TENDERS -  Creation of communication tools for the SMILO NGO.

All interested candidates are invited to send their application per email to secretariat@smilo-program.org and s.petit@smilo-program.org before August 31, 2019, midnight, French time. Applications sent after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

For further information, please contact Sylvain Petit, SMILO Executive Secretary, at the following email address: s.petit@smilo-program.org

Documents to download:

 

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CALL FOR TENDERS - Elaboration of an awareness campaign on the Lérins Islands

All interested candidates are invited to send their application per email to secretariat@smilo-program.org and s.petit@smilo-program.org before Septembre 2, 2019, midnight, French time. Applications sent after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

For further information, please contact Sylvain Petit, SMILO Executive Secretary, at the following email address: s.petit@smilo-program.org

Documents to download:

Terms of reference (in French)

 

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CALL FOR TENDERS -  Conduction of a comparative analysis to find waste management solutions in relation to the issue of fecalism in the open by visitors on the Lavezzi Islands (Corsica).

All interested candidates are invited to send their application per email to secretariat@smilo-program.org and s.petit@smilo-program.org before June 28, 2019, midnight, French time. Applications sent after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

For further information, please contact Claire Mignet, SMILO Project Officer, at the following email address: s.petit@smilo-program.org

Documents to download:

The Small Islands Organisation (SMILO) was officially established on December 7, 2016.
It is an association under the French law (1901 law) and works at the international level. 

It is composed of a representative body (the General Assembly, composed of 5 colleges), a decision-making body (the Board of Directors) whose members are elected by the General Assembly and represent the 5 colleges, a management body (the Bureau) and finally an operational body (the Secretariat). 

GOVERNANCE 2020 light 

General Assembly

The General Assembly deliberates on the association’s policies, and is composed of the following members:
  • Founding Members

Founding members are the people who created the NGO, and are the guarantors of its mission and objectives.

  • Representatives of the Island Committees

They are designated by the Island Committee to represent it. Each Island Committee is represented by one person who can vote as a member of the Island Committee Representatives college.

  • Island Life Contributors

Any person - or legal entity - who actively participates in the life of the island and meets SMILO's definition can site in this college. They can be an Island Committee member.

  • Institutions and Networks Representatives

They represent institutions and networks that are committed to SMILO's main objectives.

  • Qualified Individuals (Experts)

They offer voluntary expertise to islands and advise them on the issues they may face.

In addition, any other person or legal entity that is interested in SMILO's mission to support small islands sustainable development can be considered as a:

- sympathizer, in the absence of a donation

- benefactor, in case of a donation

This status allows privileged acess to SMILO events and ressources. It however does not confer the right to vote at the General Assembly. 

Board of Directors

The Board is responsible to implement the General Assembly’s decisions, to organise and coordinate the life of the association within the framework set by the statutes and the rules of procedure. The Board of Directors is composed of representatives of the following colleges:

  • Founding Members

Maxime Prodromides
Roger Estève
Sylvain Petit
Fabrice Bernard

  • Island Committee Representatives

Tatienne BE - Representative of the Emerald Sea Island Committee (Madagascar)
Silvana Monteiro - Representative of the Santa Luzia Island Committee (Cape Verde)

  • Island Life Contributors

Gorée Town Council, Represented by Annie Jouga
SULUBAAI Foundation, Represented by Frédéric Tardieu

  • Institutions and Networks

PIM Initiave (Small Islands of the Mediterranean)
GLISPA (Global Islands Partnership)

  • Qualified individuals (Experts)

Guillaume Thiériot (Facilitator, Bolama Island)
Antonio de Abreu (Facilitator, Principe Island)

Bureau

The Bureau is responsible for the association’s day-to-day management and preparation of the Board of Directors meetings.

It is formed by:

  • Maxime PRODROMIDES, President
  • Tatienne Be, Vice-President
  • Annie Jouga, Vice-President
  • Roger ESTEVE, Treasurer
  • Antonio DE ABREU, Secretary

Secretariat

SMILO Secretariat implements the Board of Directors' decisions and follows the strategies adopted by the General Assembly. It is composed of:
  • the Executive Secretary
  • three Project Officers

 

 

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The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)

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 In 2019 we have joined the French Network of Anna Lindh Foundation
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To join SMILO, please fill out the application form and sign the Sustainable Island Declaration available here below:

Membership SMILO

Sustainable Island Declaration

The NGO statutes and rules of procedure are available for information here below: 

Statutes

Rules of procedures

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