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World Water Day

Vice-President of the European Parliament Intergroup for the islands, Tonino Picula, organized a panel discussion on the islands and hosted representatives of eight small European islands from Croatia, France, Greece and Ireland, in the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday. The panel, which was held on the occasion of World Water Day, marks the beginning of […]

Water Saving Project

The Water Saving project is a study on how eight small, dry European islands save fresh water. To become more sustainable, they have developed technologies and they are addressing people’s attitudes and behavior regarding water. The project is headed by The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and uses its so-called ”Challenge” methodology meaning there […]

‘Bad geography’

Researchers Luca De Benedictis and Anna Maria Pinna from the University of Cagliari have launched the term ‘bad geography”. They have explored the geographical dimension of insularity, measuring its effect on trade costs. An interesting report with many different aspects on insularity I quote: ”Insularity is not in general considered the worst condition in terms of […]

Island Journals

Being an organisation for islanders, we must admit having a soft spot for island journals. Not the glossy magazines marketing islands as a place to visit, nor daily (or almost daily) newspapers covering crime, local debate and family affairs. No, our love is for copious, fact-filled periodicals with percipient descriptions of islands as a place […]

Small islands, sustainable development pioneers

The Conservatoire du Littoral (“Coastal protection agency”) is a French public organisation created in 1975 to ensure the protection of outstanding natural areas on the coast, banks of lakes and stretches of water of 10 square kilometres or more. Its creation was inspired by the work of the British National Trust, though the National Trust is […]

EU Intergroup for Islands

At the end of last year – at the Conference of Presidents meetings on 11. December – the list of the officially approved (and funded) Intergroups in the European Parliament was given the final stamp of approval. In all 28 different Intergroups got the stamp of approval, one of these being the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup. It […]

Cold Water Island Tourism conference

On 17-19 March, a conference is organised to promote, celebrate and help develop tourism on small cold water island (and coastal) destinations around the world Hosted by Terry Stevens, Stevens & Associates, Alastair Dobson, Taste-of-Arran, VisitArran, North-Auyshire Council and Videncenter for Kystturisme (Denmark), it takes place on Isle of Arran, southernmost of the Inner […]

News from John O’Brian

John O’Brian: The Scale Matters – Quality Counts declaration has been a huge success. So far, 168 organisations from 18 EU member states, and beyond, support it. After we launched the declaration last Monday, we took it into the EU Parliament and in the course of two days we presented it to over 30 MEPS, […]