“Greening the Islands” is a traveling international conference aiming at finding sustainability solutions for islands. Due to their fragile environment and the need to protect their resources, islands are natural laboratories for climate change adaptation and integrated solutions concerning energy, water, waste and mobility. “Greening the Islands” supports the implementation of investments in these important segments of the green economy, and promotes the diffusion of technology innovation and best practices, that can be replicated in countless islands around the world and in remote locations in general.
Already the 2014 edition of “Greening the Islands” in Pantelleria, saw the participation of many Mediterranean islands representatives. The 2015 edition was a much larger event, with the contribution of even more Mediterranean islands for a three-day conference in Malta. In 2016, the third edition of the conference will take place in the island of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, a…
In 2016, there will be also an Italian edition of Greening the Islands. It will be on May 27-28, 2016 at La Maddalena.This Italian event will allow a more focused networking activity on Italian islands for the implementation of sustainability initiatives. Furthermore, it will ease the sharing of solutions in the light of European guidelines and the international framework emerging from the conference on change climate held in Paris.
Thanks to the cooperation with ANCI (National Association of Islands’ Municipalities), the conference will aim at identifying – for each subsector of the green economy (production of energy, water, waste, mobility) – the issues posed by the Italian regulatory framework, and to discuss with representatives of the Italian government, enhancing thereby the role of local governments.
Greening the Islands and ANCIM believe that the Green Economy and the valorisation of cultural heritage are crucial for the development of the islands. The historical and cultural stratification existing in Mediterranean islands is a wealth that deserves being known and valorised.
Finally, Greening the Islands Italy will serve the purpose to present in the most accurate way the situation of Italian islands at the International Greening the Island Conference in the island Lemnos, prefecture of Lesbos – Greece in October.
Although more than half a million of islands in the world share many needs, the Italian islands – for their position in the centre of the Mediterranean and for the visibility that international tourism gives them – have the opportunity to be an example for innovation and best practices for other islands.