Vis à vis the Covid-19 crisis and as part of its EILEAN project, SCELG launched, in collaboration with Island Innovation, an initiative aimed at collecting responses from islands around the globe on the actions they have taken to limit the impact of Covid-19.

The preliminary results of the survey were published as Francesco Sindico, Giulia Sajeva, Nicola Sharman, Patricia Berlouis and James Ellsmoor, Islands and COVID-19: A Global Survey, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance and Island Innovation, 2020.

The project evolved in a collaboration between SCELG, University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) and Islands Innovation called Covid-19 Island Insights Serie aimed at bringing together critical assessments of how specific islands around the world have performed during the COVID-19 pandemic and the extent to which their recovery plans can promote resilience and sustainability in the long term.

For a map of all covered islands and a list of their reports visit the Island Innovation website.

 

As part of the SCELG initiative on islands and Covid-19, I have written a report on the Egadi’s responses to covid-19 and their developments towards more sustainable and resilient economies. The report was published within the the SCELG and University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) COVID-19 Island Insights Series, which is aimed at bringing together critical assessments of how specific islands around the world have performed during the Covid-19 pandemic and the extent to which their recovery plans can promote resilience and sustainability in the long term.

Climate Change and Islands – CoP26 event, Glasgow

 

 

 What lessons can we learn from the responses to COVID-19 when positioning islands to become more sustainable? This is what the COVID-19 Island Insights Series had set itself as a goal over the past year. As a final step we are now hosting a session aimed at gathering islands perspective on climate change. From Scotland to the South Pacific, islands are in fact at the forefront of climate change. Islands, especially SIDS, have contributed the least to climate change, but are suffering the most. Islands in countries like Scotland have the potential of showing the way forward in promoting innovation when it comes to climate change mitigation and adaptation. In this session, a distinguished multidisciplinary line-up will discuss key challenges and opportunities for islands in relation to climate change.

Event organized by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, the University of Prince Edward Island Institute of Island Studies and Island Innovation.

11 November 2021, 4.00-6.00 pm

Conference Room 6/7, Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, & online

 

Registration:

– to attend online, register here;

– to attend in person, register here.

 

Programme

4:00 – 4:10 Opening remarks, James Randall, University of Prince Edward Island

 

Chair: James Ellsmoor, Island Innovation

4:10 – 4:25 Scottish Islands and Climate Change, Francesco Sindico, Scottish Goverment Islands Team

 

4:25 – 4:40 Scotland’s islands: a renewable energy story, Eileen Linklater, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd

4:40 – 5:00 First round of Q&A

 

Chair: Giulia Sajeva, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance

5:00 – 5:15 Climate Change and Islands: Effects and Legal Responses, David Freestone & Duygu Cicek, World Bank

5:15 – 5:30 Climate Change and Islands: What Role for the International Court of Justice?, Aditi Shetye & Manon Rouby, World’s Youth for Climate Justice (WYCJ)

5:30 – 5:50 Second round of Q&A

 

5:50 – 6:00 Conclusions, Francesco Sindico