• World Water Day

    March 22, 2020 by

    from Christian Pleijel, Director Leadership and Change KTH Royal Institute of Technology Executive School Today is World Water Day, an annual observance day established by the United Nations in 1992, during the Rio conference. It shall remind us to use freshwater in a sustainable way. We in Värmdö, Södertälje, Brändö, Pargas and Kökar island municipalities,… Read more

  • Irish Tánaiste (Deputy PM) and Islands Minister Kyne kick start public consultation process for new national policy on Irish offshore islands

    December 28, 2019 by

    Press release from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on the consultation process to help in the first formation of an Islands action plan in 23 years At a special event 23rd November, on Sherkin Island, An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney T.D., in conjunction with the Government… Read more

  • Christmas on Omø, Denmark

    December 27, 2019 by

    I have to confess that I know very little about the Christmas and Yuletide traditions of the European Islands (shame on me!).  So I was really pleased when in response to my request for winter and Christmas pictures from ESIN members, Lise Sørensen, Head of Sekretariat of the Association of Danish Small Islands sent me… Read more

  • Rural Peoples Declaration

    December 16, 2019 by

    Rural People’s Declaration of Candás Asturias 9th November 2019 We, 335 participants from 38 European countries, met during the 4th European Rural Parliament at the village of Candás Asturias, Spain, from 6 to 9 November 2019. Participants included rural people, representatives of civil society organisations, researchers, national governments and European Union institutions. We see the… Read more

  • The European Rural Parliament Demands a real Rural Agenda for Europe

    November 28, 2019 by

    The 4th European Rural Parliament was held in Candás, Asturias, Spain from November 6-9, 2019. 335 delegates representing 38 European countries participated, included rural people, representatives of civil society organisations, researchers, national governments and European Union institutions. This was preceded on November 4-6 by the 2nd European Rural Youth Parliament ERYP, in which 70 young… Read more

  • Six EU islands publish clean energy transition agenda

    November 20, 2019 by

    European Islands working towards cleaner energy     Six European islands have today published their clean energy transition agendas, making a firm step towards decarbonising their energy systems with a strong focus on citizen engagement. Selected by the Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative of the European Commission in February 2019, the Aran Islands (Ireland),… Read more

  • AGM 2019: Thoughts on the Future

    September 28, 2019 by

    Report from ESIN’s 2019 AGM on Hven, Sweden by Camille Dressler, Vice-Chair ESIN 19th AGM took place on the lovely island Hven, Sweden, gathering Small islands delegates from Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, Finland, Denmark and Estonia.  The distillery and accommodation Spirit of Hven, which showcases the enterprising island spirit was the perfect venue for the islanders’… Read more

  • Sunday Stroll

    August 4, 2019 by

    I was not alone as up to a 130 of us were forced to leave the island to further our education sometimes for 3 weeks to a month at a time, the lads and some of the girls went to Falcarragh

  • A Visit to Zero Island

    June 16, 2019 by

    by Christian Pleijel 1    Lidö Lidö[1] is an island north of Stockholm, five minutes by boat from Räfsnäs harbour. The island measures 2,5 km2. Since 2000, it is a Nature Reserve owned by Skärgårdsstiftelsen[2]. Once there was a castle here but it was burned down in 1719. A man from a neighbouring island – Mathias… Read more


    May 14, 2019 by

    EU Parliament ELECTIONS 2019 The European Small Isles Federation ESIN – represents 11 Small Islands Federations from the North, West, and South of Europe, and reaches out to a combined population of 450 000 on 150 000 islands. ESIN and its members are urging MEP CANDIDATES to show their support for the islands of Europe, and… Read more

  • Arranmore is all hooked up!

    April 29, 2019 by

    by Rhoda Twombly “Connectivity” is all-important in these days of working towards sustainability and indeed survival, especially for those of us living in rural Ireland and particularly for Islanders. I like to consider the importance of human connectivity as well – of reaching out, of meitheal (working together for the common good), of supporting and… Read more

  • Åland – the sole Nordic winners of the European Sustainability Award 2019

    April 9, 2019 by

    Press release  8 April 2019: by Julia Lindholm The European Sustainability Award 2019 goes to the Development and sustainability agenda for Åland – the sole Nordic winners Today, the European Commission presented the winners of the European Sustainability Award 2019. The Åland Islands and the Development and sustainability agenda for Åland were the winners of… Read more

  • 26 European islands launch clean energy transition

    March 11, 2019 by

    This February, 26 European islands have officially launched their clean energy transition with the support of the European Commission’s Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat.  ESIN is delighted that islands in 5 of its member federations – Croatia, Finland, Ireland, Italy and Scotland have been selected to take part in this transition to a fossil fuel… Read more

  • The Circular Water Challenge

    January 23, 2019 by

    Today, in the small corner of the world called the Baltic Sea, the Water Saving project #2 named ”Circular Water Challenge” was granted funds from the Region of Stockholm. The project is now ready to fly. It will examine the water situation on six quite different islands in the Baltic Sea, and propose at least one object… Read more

  • “Making rural areas the engines of a sustainable Europe”

    March 21, 2019 by

    On 14 March 2019, the EESC section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT) and the European Rural Parliament (ERP) arranged a joint conference focusing on rural areas and sustainability. Pia Prost , the ESIN delegate from Finland’s FÖSS, was looking forward to hearing and discussing ideas on how rural areas together can work… Read more

  • New Neighbors – More Island Life

    March 8, 2019 by

    In September 2018 the Danish Small Island Association and the local small island Leader group launched the project ‘New Neighbors – more island life’ to boost settlement and eventually to get newcomers to the 27 small Danish Islands.  This weekend islanders meet to network, share experiences and inspiration – all to get new neighbors on… Read more

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