Green Innovation on Islands

With 30% of residents in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) living at 5 meters above sea level or less, populations are acutely vulnerable to climate change. While this vulnerability has successfully translated to global advocacy, less has been said about green innovation on islands and the capacity of these places to produce scalable climate technologies.

The recent Virtual Island Summit presented a variety of intriguing examples of island green innovation:

– The Common Sensing Initiative (Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu) developing satellite-based information services and remote sensing technologies to enhance climate resilience;

– Africa’s 1st floating solar photovoltaic project (Seychelles) with estimated 4 MW capacity;

– The Ser-Thiac accredited forest carbon project (Pacific Islands) based on indigenous land rights;
Algas Organics (Saint Lucia) converting invasive Sargassum seaweed to agricultural products.

The recently published Atlas of the Green Economy based in data from the Global Green Economy Index (GGEI) includes country profiles for the following island states: Cape Verde, Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles, Sao Tomé and Príncipe, Cyprus, Malta, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. We are working towards expanding the coverage of island states in the upcoming 10th anniversary GGEI later in 2020.

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