Greening the Islands Foundation

The 8th edition of the


chaired by an international jury, rewards the best innovative projects of islands
on circular economies and sustainable tourism.

A jury of prestigious experts will evaluate the projects based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria, like CO2 savings, the ecological and economic value added, replicability to other areas and degree of innovation.

Meet the GTI Awards Jury 2023

Winner projects 2023

MED-WET: Improving MEDiterranean irrigation and Water supply for smallholder farmers by providing Efficient, low-cost
JUST GO ZERO TILOS GTI Awards 2023 – 2nd place General information: Island (Region, Province, Country): Tilos &
Xploration Coastline Curaçao GTI Awards 2023 – 3rd place General information: Island (Region, Province, Country
Closing of octopus fishing in rodrigues island GTI Awards 2023 – 4th place General information: Island (Region,


The Greening the Islands Awards recognize and disseminate the most innovative projects that demonstrate an integrated sustainability approach.
All island projects worldwide are allowed to participate including programmes, initiatives and policies that engage the community at large as well as the different island stakeholders in a multisectoral approach. To empower a true circular economy on islands, innovative projects should integrate solutions in at least one, preferably with synergies among two or more the following sectors:

Renewable energy
and energy efficiency

Sustainable mobility




Sustainable tourism

Governance and inclusion

Projects that illustrate cooperation between islands are also qualified.


Admission is open to all island governments, NGOs, companies and other entities involved in the island project or policy, also in pipeline phase.

To participate in the contest, hosting islands are required to join the GTI Observatory.

If the application is submitted by a different entity than the island administration, it can invite the hosting island with a free GTI Observatory membership, which becomes effective once the island administration completes the process.

As Entry Islandfree of charge, islands have the opportunity to be part of a global network of islands committed to become zero-emission and to access webinars on the most innovative island solutions.

Projects that illustrate cooperation between islands are also qualified.



Projects will be evaluated based on intersectoral synergies as well as on qualitative and quantitative criteria.

The quantitative criteria are specific to the CO2 savings calculations, in absolute terms and in relative terms, based on the number of inhabitants.
The qualitative criteria relate to the ecological and economic value-added, transferability to other islands or common areas, the degree of innovation, involvement and public awareness.

The Jury will evaluate the projects not only based on the level of environmental awareness and the degree of innovation in the regions of reference, but it will also consider the socio-economic benefits that the project will bring to the area and also the replicability and potential for the development of future project.

The level of advancement of the projects will be also evaluated.

The Jury will adopt a multidisciplinary/multisectoral approach to value projects that engage the entire island’s system.

See the past edition and the


Watch now the recordings of the Awards sessions 2021


The first three places are awarded the following prizes:

“Fast-track” for the Green Destinations Top 100 Destination Sustainability Stories competition.

Presentation of the project during the Awards Ceremony as part of the GTI Observatory Summit, that will include communication to international press.

Award prize “Greening the Islands Awards” and extensive visibility in the global island network.

Permission to use the “Greening the Islands Awards” logo on printed and website materials.

In addition, the 1st and 2nd places will be awarded a one year free GTI Observatory Intermediate Membership for the hosting island which includes the GTI Global Index to assign scores to the islands’ status and recommendations to improve them while helping group islands with similar needs.

Finally, the 1st place will be rewarded with the production of a video to promote the island with special focus to the sustainability aspects.


Registration for the competition is made by completing the registration form. Please, also attach CO2 saving documentation and 3 photos of the project as indicated in the form.

To apply, participants have to focus on the main project objectives:

Project description of activities and specific interventions
Public outreach, education and awareness efforts and results
Economic value added and how it is calculated
Ecological and social project outcomes

Important: please indicate the name of a contact person and his details, for any questions concerning the projects.

Projects have to be submitted by and no later than 23th January 2023.