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  • Pericles Program

    October 8, 2021 by

    Skip to content PERICLES Home About PERICLES Look what we have done! Case Regions Map your heritage! Get in contact with us! Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube User-lock PERICLES – PRESERVING AND SUSTAINABLY GOVERNING CULTURAL HERITAGE AND LANDSCAPES IN EUROPEAN COASTAL AND MARITIME REGIONS PERICLES enables sustainable usage of maritime and coastal cultural heritage​ Looking across… Read more

  • ESIN AGM 2021

    September 25, 2021 by

    Press release and History of ESIN Presentation Île-Aux-Moines Morbihan, Brittany Press Release AGM 2021 16 Sept 2021 Camille Dressler ESIN is delighted to celebrate its 20th anniversary at the same time as the 50 th anniversary of the Association of the Isles du Ponant, France. What these anniversaries show is that the vision that underpins… Read more

  • Invitation for Quotation for a suitable experienced External Advisor for project coordination

    August 12, 2021 by

    Request for Quotation:                                Request Issued                                                   – 12 August 2021                                Closing date for receipt of quotation         – 26 August 2021                                Contracting Organisation                               – European Small Islands Federation                                Queries by email to                                          – rhoda@esin.ngo Background and framework European Small Islands Federation (ESIN) ESIN is a not- for -profit organisation… Read more

  • Invitation for Quotations for Suitable, Experienced External Advisors to deliver:

    August 6, 2021 by

    Study and specifications of a community shared electric vehicles system on Iles aux Moines, France Study to set up a community renewable energy production scheme on Inishbofin, County Galway, Ireland Request for Quotation:                                Request Issued                                                   – 6 August 2021                                Closing date for receipt of quotation         – 20 August 2021                                Contracting… Read more

  • Invitation for Quotation for a suitable experienced External Advisor to deliver:

    July 25, 2021 by

    Clean Energy Transition Agenda (CETA) Request for Quotation:                                Request Issued                                        – 22 July 2021                                Closing date for receipt of quotation         – 16 August 2021 by Midnight UTC                                Contracting Organisation                          – European Small Islands Federation                                Queries by email to                                   – rhodatwombly@gmail.com Background and framework 1 European Small Islands Federation… Read more

  • Cast your Vote for Kökar

    June 5, 2021 by

    from Christian Pleijel The Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea has a network for sustainability, deeply rooted in society, with a high level of confidence and engagement from citizens and businesses. Information in English here https://www.barkraft.ax/barkraftax. The backbone of the network is the Development and Sustainability Agenda for Åland, agreed upon by Ålands regional parliament… Read more

  • Åland Islands Energy: The Webinar

    May 1, 2021 by

    Webinar: Åland Islands’ Energy Story The results of the webinar held on the 29th April See below for introduction, recordings and slides Illustration : The energy transition requires a place where to pilot and demonstrate a fully renewable energy system which is sustainable both technically and economically. The energy company Flexens has identified the opportunity… Read more

  • Clean Energy for EU Islands

    April 19, 2021 by

    Webinar on the Call for Technical Assistance 20.04.2021 11:00 – 12:00OnlineClean energy for EU islands secretariat Are you working on an island to advance its energy transition? Do you need technical support for an energy project or energy strategy? In our webinar we will explain how to apply for the new call for technical assistance… Read more

  • 2021 People & the Sea Conference

    March 27, 2021 by

    The Centre for Maritime Research invites you … This is the final event of the PERICLES maritime heritage programme. From their website: https://marecentre.nl/2021-conference/ The 11th MARE People and the Sea Conference will take place from the 28th of June to 2nd of July, 2021. This year, the conference will be held virtually. Our online conference… Read more

  • ENRD Rural Vision week

    March 20, 2021 by

    https://www.rural-vision-week.eu/ 22 March 2021 – 26 March 2021 Rural Vision Week – Imagining the future of Europe’s rural areas Welcome How it works Registration Marketplace Fringe events Contact Welcome  Welcome to Rural Vision Week: Imagining the future of Europe’s rural areas! This interactive event, organised by the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) in close… Read more

  • Water Saving Seeps from Isle to Isle

    March 18, 2021 by

    By Christian Pleijel The island of Oaxen in Himmerfjärden has been a testing ground for low-flushing taps during the year 2020. Without experiencing any deterioration in water flow, each household saved 25 cubic meters of water (20%), which is SEK 270 / year in reduced fee. 3 cranes cost SEK 480, the repayment period is… Read more

  • Imagining the Small Islands

    January 28, 2021 by

    Compiled and written by: Lise Thillemann Sørensen, Head of Secretariat, Association of Small Danish Islands / Sammenslutningen af Danske Småøer Virtual workshop for the small European Islands January 19, 2021 Imagining the small islands – 2040 How will the islands look in twenty years’ time? What will life on the islands be like? What do… Read more

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  • Animation work of Island School children featured at major festival

    December 6, 2020 by

    This year’s 23th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Youth and the 20th European Camera Zizanio Youth Audiovisual Creation Meeting, featured the films of the children of Tilos Primary School: the documentary film ′′ Tilos, a small ark “, lasting 10 minutes the animation movie ′′ The dwarfs of Tilos ′′ lasting 3 minutes… Read more

  • Pargas Chamber Orchestra: Music for ESIN

    November 30, 2020 by

    Performance of “Maja from the Storm Skerries” for ESIN AGM 2020 culture mash-up The talented amateur chamber orchestra of Pargas,  played Stormskärs Maja, “Maja from the Storm Skerries”, as part of the Culture Mash-up section of the ESIN AGM 2020. Finnish representative to ESIN, Pia Prost, adds: “Author Anni Blomqvist (1909–1990) wrote the Stormskärs-Maja series of… Read more

  • Habitability: Planning the Future of Islands

    November 22, 2020 by

    by Christian Pleijel Habitability is a concept to define, measure and develop the attractiveness of an island. The definition includes 40 indicators arranged in seven areas. Measuring is made in two steps: first, you measure how well your island matches the 40 indicators on scale 1 to 4. Secondly, you decide which of the indicators are most important, and easy, to… Read more

  • ESIN AGM 2020

    November 22, 2020 by

    ESIN holds online AGM & Webinar The European Small Islands Federation (ESIN) held its first online conference, Members’ Day and AGM from 16 November-18 November. At a time when ESIN members are not able to travel due to Covid-19, they managed to finalise their work plans through a day of zoom groups, learning about the… Read more

  • Island culture zoom mash-up

    November 14, 2020 by

    Island culture is important to us, whether traditional or contemporary! Follow Compere Mairtin from Cape Clear Island, Ireland to explore what is happening on the small islands of Europe! ESIN Culture event for registration 17 Nov Tuesday Programme : 18.30 -21.00 CET 18.30: Mairtin is launching the zoom island culture mash-up with fellow islander and… Read more

  • ESIN Online AGM & Online Conference 2020

    November 11, 2020 by

            Online AGM and Conference 2020             16-17-18 November 2020   Programme Monday 16 November: ESIN members day – 9.30- 17.00 CET (Brussels time) This is a chance for participants of ESIN member federations to find out more about the work of ESIN and get involved in shaping its future. REGISTER for  ESIN Reports… Read more

  • ESIN Conference: Re-Imagining our Future

    November 9, 2020 by

    European Small Islands Federation presents Island and EU Speakers To Register for this event see ESIN Webinar     “ Re-imagining our future: the small islands of Europe “ Challenges and Opportunities- John Walsh, ESIN chair Island Habitability planning – Christian Pleijel, Åaland IslandsCovid recovery partnership working – Thomas Fisher, CoDel, Western Isles, ScotlandSmart islands… Read more

  • EGTC Platform meeting and Borders Forum

    October 29, 2020 by

    Cross-border territories on the front line EGTC Platform meeting and Borders Forum: Join us online! Under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, the 1st Borders Forum and the 10th EGTC Platform, organised by the Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière (MOT), in partnership with the European Commission and the European Committee of the… Read more

  • 29 European islands publish new energy transition agendas

    October 28, 2020 by

    from Myriam Castanié, Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat Taking stock after the first two years of the Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative, these islands form part of a growing community of islands working towards the energy transition in the European Union. 22 European islands have today published their clean energy transition agendas, making… Read more

  • The Diapontia Islands: Beautiful Greek Archipelago

    October 24, 2020 by

    By Katechis Alexandros Diapontia Islands are located 10 km from Corfu island, 43 km from the cape of Otranto and 48 km from Santa Maria di Leuca in Italy, consists of three larger islands, Othoni, Ereikoussa and Mathraki (with 1217 inhabitants according to the 2011 census) and from 9 uninhabited rocky islets. Together with central… Read more

  • 5th Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum

    October 23, 2020 by

    4-day online Agenda : 26-29 October 2020 Introduction:The programme of the online Clean Energy for EU Islands forum is focusing on the linkages between the EU institutions and the local actions on the islands. Representatives from the institutions will present their particular role in creating the enabling framework for the decarbonisation of EU Islands.Furthermore, local… Read more

  • NESOI: Open Call for Island Energy Projects

    October 19, 2020 by

    from Gustavo Jacomelli NESOI CALL NOW OPEN! Over 3 million euros available to support Islands in developing and implementing energy transition investment plans and projects    The European Island Facility NESOI offers grants of up to € 60k per proposal as well as € 60K worth of Technical Assistance to help local island authorities in… Read more

  • “Sustainable Island Economies: Connecting Locally and Globally”

    August 26, 2020 by

    Virtual Island Summit – Ireland’s Virtual Hub Event Wednesday 2nd September, 10am to 12pm on Zoom How can we innovate and connect to help make our island economies more sustainable in a post-Covid World? That’s the key question being asked at a free Irish webinar on Wednesday 2nd September from 10am to 12pm. The webinar… Read more

  • Sherkin Island Market: A Hive of Creativity, Craft and Crops

    August 6, 2020 by

    By Rhoda Twombly & Aisling Moran There is nothing like an outdoor market to perk a community up. During these days of isolation and Covid, the people of Sherkin Island have opened a creative, healthy and original food and crafts market. Sherkin, a small island off the west coast of Co Cork Ireland, has a… Read more

  • European islands: trailblazers of the EU Green Deal

    July 27, 2020 by

    Published in Revolve #36, contributed by Ditte Juul Jørgensen Director-General DG Energy, European Commission Director-General DG Energy, European Commission Follow: This Feature appeared in REVOLVE #36 Europe is leading the fight against climate change and has set itself the goal to become climate-neutral by mid-century. This is one of the main priorities of the European… Read more

  • Housing on small Danish Islands – A Helping Hand

    May 24, 2020 by

    by Lise Thillemann Sørensen The Danish minister for housing has this May devoted approximately 4 million Euros to encourage the building of rental housing on the Danish small islands. There is at the moment a lack of affordable, rental housing and at the same time a rising demand: People are looking towards the islands for… Read more

  • Covid 19 Impact on Small Islands

    May 17, 2020 by

     by Máirtín Ó Méalóid, Cape Clear Island Development Cooperative Cape Clear Island, Ireland There is a strong case to be made for the protection of the smaller islands of Europe as they are literally on the edge of the Union and are vulnerable communities that are already under pressure to maintain viability. Some steps have… Read more

  • Covid-19 across the ESIN Islands: A Snapshot

    May 17, 2020 by

    by Rhoda Twombly, Secretary ESIN While it is true that there are differences in how European countries are handling the Covid-19 emergency, there are commonalities. All agree that, at least one day in the future, life will follow a “new normal” and will be forever changed both positively and negatively. European Islands do have their… Read more

  • Islanders protest emergency situation restrictions in Saaremaa

    April 28, 2020 by

    from ERR News 26/4/2020 A protest took place in Saaremaa on Sunday against the restrictions in place on the island to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Islanders do not think it is fair to loosen restrictions on the mainland but not on the islands. As public gatherings are banned during the emergency situation people… Read more

  • “Corona Island”

    April 28, 2020 by

    from Christian Pleijel Saaremaa is the biggest island of Estonia, with some 33,000 inhabitants on 2,900 sq km. It makes them very comparable to the Åland Islands (1,600 sq km, 29,000 inhabitants) to which my island Kökar belongs. Saaremaa, just 80 nm southeast of me, is terribly plagues by Covid-19 with about 1,000 ill out… Read more

  • IIMRO’s (Irish Islands Marine Resource Org) proposals to support fishing communities

    April 22, 2020 by

    by Seamus Bonner, Secretary, IIMRO LIFE Platform News covid19, islands, support Covid 19: Irish Islands’ Call for Tailored Emergency Measures for Small Scale Fishers 9th of April 2020 The Irish Islands Marine Organization (IIMRO http://www.iimro.org/index.html), representing islanders from Counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Cork, report that practically all of their members are tied up at… Read more

  • Islands and Covid-19: Important questionnaire

    April 11, 2020 by

    The following is from Dr Francesco Sindico, Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance in Glasgow, Scotland. He and his colleagues in addition to the group Island Innovation devised and distributed the questions below widely through the world’s Islands. It is a work in progress and they would very much appreciate any… Read more

  • Easter Greetings

    April 10, 2020 by

    This will be a very different Easter for us all. The Islands of Europe will no doubt be very quiet but hopefully we will all find our own way to celebrate the new life and growth that comes with Spring. Hopefully you have family with you to make the occasion happier but we must try… Read more

  • Ireland’s Islands: Isolation is a good thing – for now

    April 6, 2020 by

    By Rhoda Twombly, Secretary of ESIN Inishlyre, Co Mayo, Ireland is as perfect a place as you’d get for self-isolation. Small and perfectly formed, we’ve a natural harbour and stunning views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick. As we now have a population of only three, you could say we are isolated all the time… Read more

  • COVID-19 Cripples Small Fishers: Is there help on the way?

    April 3, 2020 by

    From Brian O’Riordan, Executive Secretary of LIFE, Brussels, introduction by Rhoda Twombly, ESIN Brian O’Riordan, Executive Secretary of the LIFE (Low Impact Fishers of Europe) Platform, has sent us this piece to alert the wider population on Islands of the financially disastrous situation faced by smaller fishers due to the COVID-19 virus crisis. He asks… Read more

  • Passengers heed government advice as CalMac traffic drops by 95%

    April 2, 2020 by

    From Craig Cowbrough Cowbrough Communications ltd CalMac has seen passenger numbers drop by 95% since new rules on essential ferry travel were put in place. The west coast ferry operator introduced an essential lifeline timetable last week aimed at keeping essential goods, services and people going to and from the islands. Since then the company… Read more

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