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The GTI Awards 2021 contest opens for submissions the 13th of May with a new category “governance & inclusion”

Among the GTI Award’s past winners, Barbados, Cape Verde, Seychelles, Sint Maarten, Tanzania, Madeira, Gran Canaria, Malta, Elba, Crete and Cyprus will present GTI Awards testimonies with their projects at the launching event.

The 13th May GTI will host a webinar to launch the 7th edition of the Awards, the internationally recognized contest that gathers the best practices and innovations on islands to give them public visibility globally and foster their replication. In fact, allowing best practices to be replicated on islands and remote locations is crucial to avoid common mistakes and accelerate their sustainable transition.

During the webinar, some of the past winners will offer an update on the progress made with their projects as well as evidence of replicability and the activities carried out for their dissemination:

  • Barbados, IAT Climate Smart Greenhouse – Winner GTI Awards 2020 Agriculture
  • Madeira, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, ADAPTARES – Winner GTI Awards 2020 Water
  • Seychelles, Seychelles Energy Commission Initiative – Winner GTI Awards 2020 Renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Sint Maarten, INTELLIREEFS Coral Reef Restoration and Preservation – Winner GTI Awards 2020 Sustainable tourism
  • Madeira, Gran Canaria, Malta, Elba, Crete, Cyprus, Civitas Destination Project – Winner GTI Awards 2020 Sustainable mobility
  • Chumbe Island (Tanzania), Chumbe Island Coral Park – Winner GTI Awards 2018 Water

The 2021 GTI Jury members will comment on the progress made for the sustainability of islands and discuss the importance of replicating best practices on innovative solutions. Among the others, the following GTI Jury members will take part to the webinar:

  • Michela Miletto – Deputy Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)
  • Georges Kremlis Honorary Director – European Commission, in charge for DGENV of circular economy and islands
  • Eddy Paris – Representative – Government Aruba to the EU as well as OCTA ExCo President
  • Giovanni Ruggieri – President – Observatory of Tourism for Island Economies (OTIE)
  • John Portelli – Professor Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education, OISE, University of Toronto

Also this year, the GTI Awards will recognize the best projects on energy, water, mobility, waste, agriculture, sustainable tourism. Furthermore, a new category “governance & inclusion” has been added for the 7th edition of the contest, to capture policies’ socioeconomic and livelihood effects, their real impacts for people. One of the objectives of the GTI Awards is to identify and promote the most deserving sustainable island destination, advocating new models of sustainable tourism.

The webinar will explain how to take part to the competition and present the benefits for islands and corporates to participate. It also aims to incentivize an even larger number of applications for the new edition of the consolidated GTI Awards, hence islands and solution providers are encouraged to take part to the initiative and exploit the opportunity of gaining visibility in the island world and replicating their solutions.


To learn more about the webinar and to register, please visit this link.

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