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.
A FOUR POINT STRATEGY
- Capitalising and sharing good practices
- International cooperation through exchange of knowledge and know-how, involving experts...
- International highlighting, through major meetings and events
- Providing access to the Islands Fund to support innovative sustainable land management measures
CONCRETE COMMITMENT AND BENEFITS
On a local level
- Identifying the island’s progression in terms of resource management
- Support for technical upgrading
- Recognition of the key-players’ commitment
- Strengthening of management capacities: lobbying, reporting, innovative funding
- General public awareness
On an international level
- Capitalising on management measures that can be replicated in other areas
- Concrete contribution to ecological transition and sustainable management of resources, in line with international conventions
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