On the occasion of the IUCN World Conservation Congress held in Marseille in September 2021, and in the framework of the ICO Solutions 2-day event, we are organising a series of seminars to promote sustainable and innovative solutions on islands around the world.

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September 6

  • 9:00-10:30 – Building islands resilience – Best practices & innovations from around the world

September 9

  • 9:00-10:30 – World Island Networks & Organisations conference
  • 11:00-13:00 – Small African Islands – Leaders of sustainable solutions
  • 14:00-16:00 – Mediterranean Islands – Lands of Solutions against Plastic Pollution


We are glad to invite you to attend these events! Find more information about the events and the way to register below.



Building islands resilience – Best practices & innovations from around the world

6 September, 9:00-10:30

This session will highlight and share successful islands’ solutions to strengthen their resilience to climate change and contribute to the planet global conservation, inspiring other territories to replicate the innovative good practices implemented by islands.

Different topics will be discussed, such as biodiversity conservation and invasive species control on island, plastic pollution, island sustainable development and adaptation to climate change, island legal frameworks and communities’ empowerment.


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World Island Networks & Organisations conference

9 September, 9:00-10:30

This event will bring together international networks and organisations from around the world that contribute to the preservation of the islands' environment and heritage.

SMILO has carried out a mapping of these networks in order to analyse their role and identify opportunities for cooperation between these stakeholders. The intermediate results of this analysis will be presented, and a panel discussion with international institutions and funders will follow the presentation.


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Small African Islands – Leaders of sustainable solutions

9 September, 11:00-13:00

Small African islands are leading the way towards more sustainable development. They are actively implementing sustainable solutions in relation to waste management, energy, water & sanitation, biodiversity and landscapes protection. SMILO supports 17 innovative projects through its Islands Fund and Grants for Small Islands Solutions Programme, funded by the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM).

During this event, local NGOs, communities and organisations that are leading these projects will share their results and good practices.


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Mediterranean Islands – Lands of Solutions against Plastic Pollution

9 September, 14:00-16:00

The Mediterranean is particularly impacted by plastic pollution, being the most polluted sea in the world. These concerns are even more worrying on island sites, limited in their space and with often large quantities of plastics waste and insufficient resources to set up complete sorting and recycling channels.

Nevertheless, small islands remain resilient territories, proposing innovative and sustainable solutions. The results of such actions must be shared. That is the aim of the BeMed-Islands capitalisation process and of this meeting.


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Webinar - Rassembler les îles méditerranéennes pour arrêter la pollution plastique grâce à l'initiative BeMed

A l'occasion de la Monaco Ocean Week, rejoignez-nous le 25 mars 2021, 14.00-15.30 CET l'événement pour rassembler les îles méditerranéennes pour arrêter la pollution plastique. Le SCP / RAC et SMILO mettent en œuvre un processus de capitalisation pour les projets soutenus par Beyond Plastic Med axés sur les îles, et ce webinaire servira à créer des liens avec des initiatives connexes dans toute la région. Le webinaire présentera ces initiatives BeMed à un large public et recherchera des synergies avec des initiatives similaires.

Pour vous inscrire : http://bit.ly/2Q8J526

Habitability course pictureThe Åbo Akademi University administrates training courses for Habitability facilitators with the start from the spring 2021. Habitability is a concept to measure and develop the attractiveness of an island. The process creates new ideas and practical possibilities, and it sets the stage of change. Being habitable is existential for an island to attract a resident population in a sustainable way.

The first pilot course starts in April 2021, it will be a distance course held in English. The outcome of this course is an up to date image of the habitability of a small island: facts, strong and weak aspects, perceived and possible perspectives. How can this image and knowledge be used to find common grounds for vital development?

SMILO will participate with the island of Gorée as experts during the session on April 20th.


The course consists of five parts with online sessions of three hours each. In between, the participants study on their own (literature, assignments, and individual feedback).

April 6 – The Change Processes.

April 20 – The Habitability Index.

May 4 –The Serious Creativity.

May 18 – The Action Plan.

June 4 – Evaluation and general feedback.

Practical details

Participant Criteria: For the selection of participants, a short motivation text (approx. 1 000–2 000 characters) including a preliminary description of the case island (included in the application form).

Costs: A course fee of 150€ per person applies for all participants.

Credits: A complete fulfilment of the course will generate a diploma/certificate.

Registration: Deadline for course registration is March 21, 2021. Click here for the registration form.

More information: discover the video made by the organisors for the SMILO Network, click here

and to go to the official website, click here.


If you have questions about the course, do not hesitate to contact: christian@pleijel.ax, cecilia.lundberg@abo.fi or pia.prost@abo.fi.

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Although islands represent only 5% of the earth's surface, they are home to 20% of terrestrial species and 600 million people depend on their ecosystem services for their sustainable development. The islands are exceptional territories also for their cultural heritage. Islands can be leaders and a source of inspiration to bring social and environmental change at the global level. The project aims to encourage a more resilient and diversified tourism, of which women can be important drivers.

SMILO hence funded pioneer pilot solutions on 4 small islands in Lastovo (Croatia), Kerkennah (Tunisia), Paros (Greece) and Brownsea (UK) that promote island women’s leading role in the field of sustainable tourism. Don't miss the opportunity to join the webinar to learn more about these inspiring solutions, on July 9, 2021 from 10am to 11.15am CET. The island of Culatra (Portugal) will also join the conversation to share their personal insight on how they’re fostering sustainable tourism on their island.

Register here: https://cutt.ly/TmvBLy5

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