2020 is a strategic year for the future of international environmental conservation and the definition of the next global framework for biodiversity conservation. The IUCN World Conservation Congress is a unique opportunity to raise the voice of islands, in Marseille (France) in June 2020.

SMILO, the French Coastal Agency (Conservatoire du littoral) and GLISPA are co-organising the World Island Networks, a one-day event dedicated to islands on 17 June 2020 in the Palais Bourse in Marseille. We are glad to invite you to join us on that special day, when all international island networks and stakeholders committed to the protection of islands will gather! We will complete together a global mapping of the stakeholders working on islands sustainable development worldwide; identify current and coming challenges faced by islands; initiate partnerships and common projects to join forces among islands stakeholders.

The World Island Networks will take place during the three-day event ICO Solutions (Island Coast and Ocean) co-organised from 15 to 17 June 2020 by the French Water Management Agency for the Rhone, Mediterranean and Corsica areas, Aix-Marseille-Provence Chamber of Commerce and the French Coastal Agency.

More information coming soon. If you are working for an islands network, firm or organisation committed to the protection of islands, and would like to participate, you can also already send us an email at


SMILO joins forces with the French Embassy in Croatia and the county of Šibenik-Knin to organise a conference on waste management on Mediterranean islands on September 26, 2019 in Šibenik (Croatia).

The goal of this meeting is to present the specific challenges of islands in marine pollution and plastic waste management, and to highlight their significant potential for testing and developing innovative solutions to reduce and recycle waste.

Islands can help speed up the process to transition to a circular economy.

Beyond further encouraging to pursue the Franco-Croatian dialogue, this event will also contribute to a more integrated collaboration among Croatian authorities for the sustainable development of small islands.

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Small Islands Organisation (SMILO) has organised its third Annual Meeting on the island of Porquerolles (France) from October 14 to 18, 2019!

Representatives from small islands of our network, institutional and financial partners, and field experts from all over the world will gathered during this four-day event for international meetings and technical workshops. This event was co-organised with the French Coastal Management Agency, the National Park of Port-Cros and the French Town of Hyères les Palmiers.

Major events took place during the conference, including:

  • SMILO General Assembly;

  • Partners Meeting of ISOS Project Isole Sostenibili, supported by the European programme INTERREG MARITIMO France-Italy, for the final conclusions of the four technical workshops Heritage, Water, Waste and Renewable Energies;

  • Meeting of SMILO Assessment Committee for the intermediary assessment of 6 islands, candidates to the "Label in Progress": Tavolara (Italy), Bolama (Guinea-Bissau), Saint-Honorat (France), Sainte-Marguerite (France),  Porquerolles (France), and Zlarin (Croatia);

  • Technical Workshop for the preparation of the White Papers "Energy, Water and Waste Flows Management" and "Heritage";

  • "Islands Pop-Up Session", during which SMILO pilot islands will present their ongoing operations and projects;

  • Field trip on Porquerolles Island;

  • Closing dinner and SMILO Award Ceremony, during which all the 6 islands received the Label in Progress, as well as Sectorial Awards:

                  TAVOLARA: Waste, Biodiversity, Energy and Landscapes

                  ZLARIN: Waste

                  SAINT-HONORAT: Waste and Landscapes

                  SAINTE-MARGUERITE: Biodiversity and Landscapes

                  PORQUEROLLES: Biodiversity and Landscapes








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