From May 20 to 26, 2019, a bright range of actors involved in the protection of islands will mobilise to promote the richness and the need for protection of these unique territories.
For this sixth edition, CELEBRATE ISLANDS wishes to highlight the History of Islands, in order to imagine an ideal sustainable management for the future. This edition will be guided by the concepts of past, present and future.
To honour the past, islands are invited to create events to take a glimpse back to the natural and human evolution of their territory.
To promote the present and their current land management, islands will organise concrete short-term actions: excursions in the nature, conferences, exhibitions, technical workshops, waste collection, awareness campaigns and natural areas inventories.
To imagine the future together, this year’s edition organises a competition for children. The goal of the contest is for the children to imagine “the Island of the Future” and to create their ideal island.
Join this growing global celebration! Every action matters. There’s no such thing as an “insignificant”, “too small” contribution for small islands!
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CELEBRATE ISLANDS, ALREADY 6 EDITIONS!
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Small Islands Organisation (SMILO) organised its second annual meeting in Cannes from December 11 to 13, 2019.
Representatives of small islands from its network, institutional and financial partners, as well as thematic experts from around the world met for 3 days of exchanges and technical workshops, in front of the Lérins archipelago.
This was an important event for the NGO, because the Assessment Committee met for the first time to conduct the first intermediate assessments. The official Awards Ceremony took place at the end of the public seminar "Island Heritage".
This major meeting was also an opportunity to bring together the partners from the European Project ISOS, supported by the European Program INTERREG Marittimo France-Italy 2014-2020. They met during a technical workshop to discuss the preservation of islands' tangible and intangible heritage.
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
SAINT-HONORAT: Waste and Landscapes
SAINTE-MARGUERITE: Biodiversity and Landscapes
PORQUEROLLES: Biodiversity and Landscapes
Content available on the French page.
MEDITERRANEAN ISLANDS: LABORATORIES FOR SUSTAINABLE WASTE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS?
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.