A global initiative promoting sustainability projects exclusive to island economies and communities has launched a resource that will provide key information and analysis in areas such as policy, regulations and technology costs.


Greening the Islands Observatory, launched in April, will gather and compile information as well as provide analysis on essential topics, including costs, technologies and solutions, laws and regulations, licenses and permits.

A scientific committee will guide the Observatory’s activities and will include representatives of government, international institutions, industry associations, companies and other island stakeholders.

Greening the Islands was launched to spread the word about sustainable island projects and promote best practice in terms of innovation and systems to increase self-sufficiency, sustainable development and enhanced living on islands, in three core areas of energy, mobility and water.

Members and various stakeholders meet once a year at the initiative’s annual conferences, one in Europe and one in south-east Asia.

The events are unique in their purpose of connecting island administrators with companies and organisations involved in commercialising innovative technologies and solutions that promote sustainability, self-sufficiency and circular economy approaches.

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The 5th international Greening the Islands Conference, Europe, will be held on the island of Minorca, Spain on 17 and 18 May 2018, while the sixth edition will be held on the island of Boracay, Philippines, on 12 and 13 November 2018.

A range of sponsorship packages to suit various budgets and commitment levels are available, based around the conferences. The packages also provide access to the growing Greening the Islands network.

By joining, enterprises can gain valuable insight into the situation of many islands and countries and learn about their priorities, constraints and investment programme as well as meet their administrators to talk about the implementation of investment and best practices.

For a limited period, sponsorship packages are available that include the benefits available to members of the Greening the Islands Observatory at no extra cost.

Details of sponsorship packages and the Observatory can be found on www.greeningtheislands.net.

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