In 2017, Greening the Islands, with the collaboration of ANCIM (National Association of Minor Islands) and ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) will have its second Italian edition, after the success of last year in La Maddalena where the Manifesto of the sustainable development of Italian small islands was signed, starting a path that has already brought different results including: the development contract for the cultural heritage and tourism in the Italian and Mediterranean islands and the opening of the training school on renewable energy and energy efficiency in Procida, easily accessible from Ischia, selected location for Greening the Islands Italy 2017. This will be an opportunity to consolidate and expand the network of all major stakeholders whose aim is to increase the value of smaller islands: local and national governments, the European Union, institutions, companies developing innovative solutions, media etc. The Italian islands could be the sustainability model for Europe and for the world if all the parties involved will stand together to achieve one goal: to make the smaller islands laboratories that can demonstrate the value of a circular economy expanded at multiple sectors such as green economy, agriculture, culture, sustainable tourism, etc.
Among the new themes of this year also that of the smaller islands resilience to changes. The smaller islands, which are the first to face the consequences of climate change and migration will also be the first to test the latest procedures for resilience challenges. The need to prevent and be prepared to face natural disasters, now more and more frequent, is one of the priority of the agenda of governments and international bodies, as confirmed by the proceedings of the COP21 and COP22.
Thanks to the collaboration ANCIM and ENEA, the conference will also propose to identify and address the most current and priority issues, posed by the current regulatory framework, and to discuss with the representatives in charge of the Italian Government, Regions and the EU, enhancing the proactive role of local governments.
ANCIM, ENEA and Greening the Islands also believe that the green economy and the enhancement of cultural heritage are essential for the revival of the islands. The historical-cultural stratification present in the Mediterranean islands is an asset that deserves to be recognized and valued.
Finally, the September conference will serve to better present the situation of the Italian islands to the next international conference that this year will be held in Ischia and will be consecutive to the national event. This will enable speakers and guests of the international conference to participate in the national one, and vice versa, and this will be a great opportunity of international interaction and visibility to the Italian islands and Italy.
To ensure the widest participation and involvement of important distant interlocutors of the community of the islands and remote location, unable to reach the coveted island of Ischia, is GreeningtheIslands.net, the digital platform dedicated to the innovation for the development of the smaller islands that will allow streaming live with questions and answers online.