To respond to the need to gather together as many small islands around the world as possible on the theme of innovation, greeningtheislands.net is being launched. The newly launched app helps promote best practice from islands that are leading the way as laboratories in the fight against climate change. Greening the Islands is a traveling international conference aimed 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.
With this new platform, the discussions at Greening the Islands are going digital to trigger ongoing exchange about best practices that can be replicated in many locations and to reach even the furthest islands and remote locations.
The new digital platform, with its thematic forums, webinar and online conferences, will act as an accelerator by encouraging dialogue between manufacturers of sustainable technologies that can applied to small islands, island administrations, institutions, media partners supporting climate causes and – last but not least – investors. Through the app, for example, a local government may ask for a second opinion on its environmental plan or input from peers on a tender for a sustainable project; a manufacturer might share a video about its latest innovative solution or a project implemented in an island setting.
Initially, greeningtheislands.net will be open to all those participating in its international conferences (Gran Canaria 2016, Malta 2015, Pantelleria 2014). Further on, other ways will be explored to develop this digital workspace for environmental protection in all islands and remote locations.
Gianni Chianetta, scientific director of Greening The Islands, stated: “After years working to implement energy and environmental projects as well as scientific and networking initiatives like Greening The Islands, I feel the time has come to find a fast, ongoing process to spread the word about the most innovative solutions to as many islands as possible. greeningtheislands.net will be a highly selected community of companies investing in innovation, governments, institutions, media players and leading investors. Just as with Greening the Islands, we will work to have constructive and high quality debate as a way to sustain interest, creating and stimulating virtual working groups on specific themes that will allow participants to exchange opinions, technical and scientific documents, regulations, and so on.”