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Chumbe Island in Zanzibar: 25 years a Pioneer of Zero-impact Eco-architecture and Operations

Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP) in Zanzibar, Tanzania, is a not-for-profit conservation business that has created from 1992, the first privately managed marine protected area in the world, hosting a fully protected coral reef sanctuary and forest reserve. Park management and comprehensive conservation education programs for local schools and communities are fully funded by a …

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Nurturing Heritage: Elafonisos Eco’s Cultural Commitment

Cultural heritage is the essence that binds communities together, embodying traditions passed down through generations. Elafonisos Eco recently participated in the “Cutting of the Vasilopita” ceremony with the Hellenic Community in Monaco, highlighting the importance of preserving cultural traditions alongside environmental sustainability.   Cultural heritage is a collective expression of a community’s identity, reflecting its …

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Advanced Site Identification Tool Unveils Great Potential for Airborne Wind Energy, a Strategic Technology for Islands

Unveils Advanced site identification tool for airborne wind energy systems unveils thousands of suitable sites in Germany: demonstrating that this innovative technology, strategic for islands, has great potential. Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) developers and policy makers need to know the number of potentially suitable sites for AWE deployment and the respective capacity potential in a …

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Solar and LDES: Critical Partners to Ensure 24/7 Reliable Renewable Energy

An examination of island grid applications demonstrating the financial viability of LDES in areas with limited interconnectivity and high local fuel costs. The combination of solar, wind, and LDES emerges as the most cost-effective solution for achieving 100% renewable energy.   Combining solar energy with long duration energy storage paves the road to decarbonized industrialization …

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Groundbreaking Centre of Excellence in La Gomera Will Help Make Airborne Wind Energy a Reality in Small Islands

Airborne Wind Europe proposes the creation of an AWES-Lab and AWES-Flight Test Center (FTC) at La Gomera, a Spanish island perfect for AWE. With four systems generating 1.2 MW, the FTC aims for continuous operation data and green energy provision, involving site assessment, permits, community engagement, and operational insights. Emphasizing public acceptance through a Renewable …

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IDA Announces the Call for Extended Abstracts for the IDA 2024 World Congress

On September 27, 2023, in Boston, United States, the International Desalination Association (IDA) announced the return of its flagship event to Abu Dhabi, marking almost two decades since the 1995 IDA World Congress in the same city. This highly anticipated event, the IDA 2024 World Congress, is scheduled to take place during the week of …

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Restoring Nature in Europe: Challenges, Opportunities and Regional Perspectives on the EU Nature Restoration Law

The EU Nature Restoration Law (NRL), represents a significant step towards restoring Europe’s ecosystems, habitats, and species. However, as highlighted by the Islands and Intermediterranean Commissions of the CPMR, the law’s initial proposal lacks clarity regarding the roles of regions, prompting a thoughtful reflection on its potential impacts, especially on peripheral and maritime regions, home …

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Chumbe Island celebrates the rare sighting of 23+ year-old Aders’ Duiker, a mini-antilope translocated in 2000

Chumbe Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania – 29th November 2023   Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd. (CHICOP) proudly shares an extraordinary discovery within its well-preserved Closed Forest Reserve. During a recent collaborative survey with the Zanzibar Department of Forestry, utilizing wildlife cameras from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Zanzibar, a team led by Ulli Kloiber, Omari Nyange, …

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Airborne Wind Energy takes flight in Mayo County Council, Ireland

Renewable Innovative AWE technology completes first flight in County Mayo, Ireland The MegaAWE project in Bangor Erris, County Mayo, Ireland, comes to an end after launching test flights in September 2023. Led by Mayo County Council and supported by the Interreg North-West Europe Programme, MegaAWE was born to advance utility-scale Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) for …

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Tilos Makes History as the World’s First Certified Zero Waste Island

A Paradigm Shift in Sustainability: Tilos Paves the Way for a Greener Future In a groundbreaking achievement for environmental conservation, the Greek island of Tilos has emerged as the world’s first certified zero-waste island, proudly spearheading the global movement towards sustainable living. At the heart of this ecological triumph is the innovative program, “Just Go …

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