SMILO Third Annual Meeting 2019
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
ISLAND POP-UP SESSION
The floor was given to SMILO islands or partners, who briefly presented the operations, projects, missions, and initiatives conducted on their island in recent years (maximum 5 minutes). These presentations were correlated with SMILO sectorial themes (Water, Energy, Waste, Biodiversity, Landscapes, Heritage) and contributed to the White Papers for Sustainable Islands (developed within the ISOS / Isole Sostenibili project).
TERRITORIES AND COMMON ISSUES PRESENTATIONS
The expert in digital communication, Julie Paillard, Fête de la Nature, presented and recalled the main principles of digital communication. During this interactive session, she also gave participants practical tips to better identify their community on social media, and advice on how to better create an impactful global communication strategy.
WHITE PAPERS SESSION
The White Papers for Sustainable Islands have been developed as part of the project ISOS/Isole Sostenibili. They aim to identify island-specific issues that limit the implementation of sustainable operations in water, energy, and waste management, as well as heritage preservation. Recommendations will be made to present solutions.