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Dialogue4Tourism: a new Interreg Euro-MED project promoting institutional dialogue and innovative policies for sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean

The increase in global tourism leads to overtourism, seasonal tourism and the emergence of new tourism concepts, with impacts and challenges for local populations and authorities.   This is the focus of Interreg Euro-MED programme (2021-2027) that promotes circular tourism with innovation to sustain ecosystem services and preserve resources and heritage, emphasizing results and recommendations …

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Global Island News Roundup: New Global Advancements in Support of Small Island States

In this round-up: a landmark court ruling that is a major climate justice win for island states; the launch of a new fund aiming to tackle island environmental degradation through nature-based solutions; how well-managed migration can enhance islands’ resilience and prosperity. Greenhouse gases classified as marine pollution in big court victory for island states The …

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Global Island News Roundup: Islands Confront Growing Challenges Turning to Innovative Solutions

Islands are uniquely vulnerable to climate change effects like rising sea levels and devastating storms. Yet, they are also rising to the challenge with innovative solutions and a fierce determination to protect their future. Recent news highlight how they’re driving progress, confronting difficult policy decisions, facing the stark reality of climate change, witnessing community action …

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Who Wants to be a Farmer on an Island? Young Farmers Share Career Stories From Crete, Cyprus, and the Azores

Attracting youth to farming is no longer merely an issue of the mainland. Within the particular vulnerabilities of islands such as being the barometers of early impacts of climate change on farms and youth out-migration for better career opportunities on the mainland, concern is growing regarding the lack of young farmers as well as food …

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Our Global Island News Roundup: a summary of recent island news from the world.

Island nations, on the frontlines of climate change, are raising their voices in a desperate plea for action. Rising seas and extreme weather threaten their very existence – forcing some communities to confront unthinkable displacement. Meanwhile, the Loss and Damage fund meant to provide financial aid for irreversible climate impacts, remains stalled due to inaction …

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Preparations for SIDS4: An Update from New York

Preparations for the 4th International Conference on Small Island States (SIDS), also known as SIDS4, are progressing well with the 1st Session of the Preparatory Committee (Prep Comm) concluding its first round of negotiations of the Outcome Document of the Conference, in New York, last Week (Jan 22-26, 2024).   The Prep Comm, Co-chaired by …

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Sailing through the storm: how to build up resilience on vulnerable islands

Extreme weather events are increasingly frequent and disruptive, as was – once again – evident in the first month of 2024 when islands have experienced harsh effects.   The island of Roi-Namur, in the Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (Central Pacific Ocean), faced heavy waves evidencing the dramatic impact of climate …

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Air Pollution and Health: how islands can avoid repeating the mistakes of others

Over the past few decades, the ‘Western model’ of growth, symbolised by the permeation of concrete buildings, cars and a focus on functionality has been replicated worldwide. As urbanisation and globalisation spread to islands, the issues of air pollution and its detrimental impacts on health have taken centre stage. Islands, subjected to pressures to follow …

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