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.
The general principles of the Islands Fund, how to access it and the conditions of use, were all defined in 2019. The Fund is now operational and the first projects to be financed have just kicked off. Discover all the projects supported by this fund:
The 'ISOS' project aims to create a network of French and Italian islands, pilot territories committed to the preservation of their natural and cultural heritage: the Lérins Islands (Alpes-Maritimes, the Hyères Islands archipelago (Port-Cros, Porquerolles and Le Levant - Var), and the Lavezzi Islands Archipelago (Corsica) for France, and Capraia Island (Tuscany), Tavolara Island (Sardinia) and Palmaria Island (Liguria) for Italy.
This network brings together various stakeholders involved in the protection of Islands around common objectives; it supports and promotes innovative solutions in terms of natural resource management (water, energy, waste), in terms of preservation and enhancement of natural heritage (biodiversity and landscapes) and cultural heritage (tangible and intangible). Carrying out technical workshops, conferences, mobilising experts on site, exchanges between peers and local investments which will help to create sustainable protection strategies together, for the benefit of local people and islands.
With the support of: Interreg Italy-France Maritime Program 2014-2020 (trans-border program co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Territorial Cooperation objective)
Project partners: Department of the Var (leader), Conservatoire du Littoral, Port Cros National Park, the City of Cannes, the Corsican Environmental Office, Provincia della Spezia, Parco Nazionale Arcipelago Toscano, Regione autonoma della Sardegna, Consorzio di Gestione area marina protetta Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo
Total budget of the project: 1.495.157, 44 euros (FEDER €1.270.883,82)
Location: Levant island (PACA, France), Lavezzi archipelago (Corsica, France), Tavolara island (Sardinia, Italy), Kerkennah archipelago (Tunisia), Zlarin island (Croatia)
Duration: 3 years (2018-2020)
Financial and institutional partners: Prince Albert 2 of Monaco Foundation, Conservatoire du Littoral, ADEME PACA, RMC Water Agency
Local partners: Corsica's Environment Office (OEC), Heliopolis Syndicate (Levant island), Tunisia's National Agency for Energy and Waste (ANGED) and Environment Ministry, Port-Cros National Park, Tavolara Marine Protected Area Management Consortium
Overall project budget: €1,266,932
The accumulation of waste in the terrestrial environment as well as its dispersion in the marine environment represents a real threat to the fragile and unique ecosystems of small Mediterranean islands and their surrounding marine areas.
On small islands waste management is subject to specific constraints: reduced quantities to be treated, variation in the volume of waste during the tourist season, limited availability of land to store and process waste, high costs for creating waste disposal facilities. storage and treatment (for example, recycling centers), often long distance between the source of production and the place of treatment, difficulties in finding suitable treatment channels depending on the nature of the waste, cost of transport, etc.
In view of these constraints, the project aims to develop sustainable solutions on pilot sites, that are adapted to small island territories, with the aim to: limit waste production, develop and enhance selective collection, treatment, elimination, recovery and awareness.
These islands constitute ideal pilot sites to bring out innovative approaches which will contribute to the general objectives of SMILO certification process, and which can be replicated on other islands as well as other geographical areas.
The project, supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, has several specific objectives:
- allow the pilot islands to benefit from technical and financial support to deal with waste-related issues and strengthen their policies for sustainable integrated land management.
- allow neighboring natural areas to reduce the impacts generated by unmanaged waste (risk of fire, landscape degradation, destruction of biodiversity by ghost nets, pollution of water resources, dissemination of micro-plastics, etc.);
- allow other SMILO partner islands to benefit from the feedback of the five beneficiary islands of this project. The managers of the pilot sites of this project will be able to valorise their experience during international workshops organised by SMILO.
This project is supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation: http://www.fpa2.org
This project supports the development of SMILO during its pilot phase. Its supports SMILO initiatives until June 2021, notably in terms of the resources small islands need to move closer to their certification goals. The support provided reinforces islands’ technical and financial capacities in the fields of water, energy, waste, biodiversity, landscapes and governance. The FFEM Small Sustainable Islands
project also supports SMILO’s Islands Fund, which finances concrete, priority operations in light of a diagnosis of the territory in question. This project is co-managed by SMILO and the Conservatoire du littoral.
With the support of: the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), the Rhône Mediterranean and Corsican Water Agency and the City of Marseille.
Project partners: national and local communities, NGOs and private stakeholders of the following territories: Ibo Island, Quirimbas Archipelago (Mozambique), Islands of the Emerald Sea (Madagascar), Bolama Island, Bijagos Archipelago (Guinea Bissau), Gorée Island (Senegal), Principe Island (Sao Tome & Principe), Santa Luzia Island (Cape Verde); Mediterranean (excluding France): Kerkennah Archipelago (Tunisia), Tavolara Island, Cavoli Island, Capraia Island, Palmaria Island (Italy), Sazani Island (Albania), Zlarin Island (Croatia).
Project budget: € 7,708,500 which includes € 1,650,000 from the FFEM (for the Conservatoire du littoral and the NGO SMILO).