La recherche de locataires pour l’ile déserte

La recherche de locataires pour l’ile déserte

L’île de Quéménès est située au coeur de l’archipel de Molène dans le Finistère, à environ 9 km des côtes. Le Conservatoire du Littoral, lors de l’acquisition de l’île en 2003, dresse un bilan qui révèle les richesses naturelles et patrimoniales de l’île. Il décide alors, avec le soutien du programme Européen d’échanges insulaires INTERREG ISLA, et de nombreux partenaires publics et privés de développer un véritable laboratoire du développement durable sur l’île : restauration des bâtiments, installation d’un système de production d’énergies renouvelables (panneaux solaires, éolienne), approvisionnement et traitement de l’eau, réfection de la cale, entretien des écosystèmes, etc.

Suite à un appel à candidature, Soizic et David Cuisnier ont été sélectionnés pour y monter leur exploitation agricole, l’objectif étant que les activités de leur ferme puissent leur permettre de vivre tout en entretenant le site. Culture de pommes de terre, accueil du public en chambres d’hôtes, élevage de moutons et récolte d’algues de rives sont leurs activités principales.

La base du projet est donc de remettre en activité l’exploitation agricole, pour permettre d’entretenir le paysage de l’île, de préserver les bâtiments, de lutter contre les friches (grâce au pâturage et à la culture) et de préserver les espèces et les habitats remarquables.

Après dix ans passés sur l’île, Soizic et David Cuisnier quitteront définitivement Quéménès en janvier 2018. Le Conservatoire du Littoral a lancé un appel à projet mi-juin pour remplacer cette famille. Sur cet espace naturel classé, les nouveaux exploitants devront concilier développement d’un projet économiquement viable (la ferme insulaire s’étend sur 30 hectares et dispose d’une activité maison d’hôtes), préservation de l’environnement (faune, flore, prairie, menhirs, tumulus, fours à goémon,etc.) et l’accueil du public. Dans l’idéal, le Conservatoire espère trouver des locataires prêts à s’engager pour “une dizaine d’années” moyennant le paiement d’une redevance de 7.000 €.

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ERASMUS +

ERASMUS +

Erasmus+ has opportunities for a wide range of organisations including universities, education and training providers, think thanks, research organisations, and private businesses.

Erasmus+ has opportunities for people of all ages, helping them develop and share knowledge and experience at institutions and organisations in different countries.

The work programme, published on 17/08/2017, outlines the structure and funding of the programme for 2018 and highlights the link between the policies as well as changes from 2017.

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Lifelong learning — key competences

Lifelong learning — key competences

The recommendation identifies 8 key competences that are fundamental for each individual in a knowledge-based society.

KEY POINTS

  • The 8 key competences are the following:
  • Communicating in a mother tongue: ability to express and interpret concepts, thoughts, feelings, facts and opinions both orally and in writing.
  • Communicating in a foreign language: as above, but includes mediation skills (i.e. summarising, paraphrasing, interpreting or translating) and intercultural understanding.
  • Mathematical, scientific and technological competence:sound mastery of numeracy, an understanding of the natural world and an ability to apply knowledge and technology to perceived human needs (such as medicine, transport or communication).
  • Digital competence: confident and critical usage of information and communications technology for work, leisure and communication.
  • Learning to learn: ability to effectively manage one’s own learning, either individually or in groups.
  • Social and civic competences: ability to participate effectively and constructively in one’s social and working life and engage in active and democratic participation, especially in increasingly diverse societies.
  • Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship: ability to turn ideas into action through creativity, innovation and risk taking as well as ability to plan and manage projects.
  • Cultural awareness and expression: ability to appreciate the creative importance of ideas, experiences and emotions in a range of media such as music, literature and visual and performing arts.

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Innovative Business Lab in the British Virgin Islands

Innovative Business Lab in the British Virgin Islands

BVI pilot project aims to provide the necessary development assistance to persons seeking to develop new innovative ideas or establish innovative businesses thereby creating new niche markets through the establishment of Innovative Business Lab (ILB). Business incubation, as an economic tool, has become increasingly common around the world for stimulating development of the SME sectors. Innovative Business Lab would provide facilities and services to promote innovation driven small-business growth. Small business incubators have proven to be effective economic development tools. In fact, innovation driven businesses having incubation style support have a dramatically higher rate of survival than an average start-up business does.

Propelling innovation in the economic sector and successful economic diversification in the private sector should be principal tasks of the Innovative Business Lab. With this goal partnership of the public sector with the private sector needs to be enhanced around Innovation as key driver for sustainable growth based on permanent consultations and developing the most adequate legislative, financial and fiscal measures to implement systemic innovation in BVI.

The incubation programme will seek relationships within the region and the local economy, as a means of integrating regionally through the establishment of networks. Such networks will be established through the regional virtual incubator, which is now being developed through the COSME programme for connecting Caribbean incubation centers within OCTs.

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Managing Innovation Training in TCI

Managing Innovation Training in TCI

A Training Programme in “Managing Innovation” was held in the TCI during February 16-17, 2017. The Managing Innovation workshop was organized by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the COSME Programme, and with Mrs. Alexa Cooper-Grant, TCI Innovation Manager. This two-day workshop was facilitated by Mr. Leopoldo Colombo of Quara Consulting and Training, Argentina. Mr. Colombo is also Convener of the ISO Committee developing the international standard on “Innovation Management Systems”.

Innovation and creativity are intertwined and critical to securing a competitive advantage. However, best practices in innovation have moved far beyond creative brainstorming. The most consistent and successful innovators don’t rely on chance. They have invested in building reliable innovation processes and structures to repeatedly find new opportunities that make sense in terms of value creation.

This training was ideal for BSOs, Government agencies and training institutions as well as innovators, entrepreneurs and management consultants.

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Learning from EC ACP programmes on Science, Research and Innovation

Learning from EC ACP programmes on Science, Research and Innovation

OCTA Innovation was delighted that the Robert Burmanjer Head of Unit in the Knowledge, Performance and Results Task Force of the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation & Development attended the 2IC. He shared invaluable knowledge of the EC’s research and innovation policies and programmes in African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations who are members of the ACP-EU Cotonou Agreement (2000-2020).

Mr Burmanjer emphasised that Research and Innovation are recognised by the European Union in meeting the challenge of nearly all of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, as they lay the foundations for new approaches, solutions and technologies to identify, clarify and tackle local and global problems.

The proposed European Consensus on Development blueprint for aligning the European Union’s development policy with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) reflects this importance.

Article 86 states that: “the EU and its MS will continue investing in research and development in and for developing countries, including enhancing national innovation systems; to strengthen measurable impacts on progress towards the SDGs through responsible research and innovation approach including education for science.”

Mr Burmanjer described some of the main programmes financed by the European Development Fund over the last 10 years to support Research, Science, Technology and Innovation in ACP countries. They include a project to enhance capacity building in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, demonstrating the added value of a mutually reinforcing capacity building and network development. Under this programme, trainees from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands also received training at Papua New Guinea’s National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). A Material Transfer Agreement, ensured that this transfer of knowledge continues in the long-term.

The ‘Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean’ (INVOCAB) programme is building and strengthening educational science capacities in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), specifically Science Education, as an enabler for poverty reduction, growth and socio-economic development of Caribbean countries. It is improving teaching quality in science subjects at both primary and secondary levels, and stimulating interest and performance of students in selected science subjects.

We very appreciate chance of learning of and working with Mr. Robert Burmanjer, EC DEVCO Head of unit so versatile in different aspects of innovation, capacity building and knowledge sharing. You may watch video .

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2IC – Janice Panton to lead OCTA Innovation’s team

2IC – Janice Panton to lead OCTA Innovation’s team

Janice Panton MBE, Monserrat’s Representative in the United Kingdom and Chair of OCTA Innovation, will lead OCTA Innovation’s team at its International Conference in the Azores, 11-12th April.

The EU-funded OCTA Innovation project is supporting the implementation of the most promising and innovative ideas in business, ways of organisation, and the implementation of innovative technologies in the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and across all sectors: agriculture, construction, the creative industry, energy, financial services, fisheries, food processing, IT, administration, tourism, trade and transport.

Ms.Panton’s dedication and energy have greatly contributed to advancing the project and rooting innovation in the OCTs.

OCTA Innovation’s activities have already created an innovation momentum in OCTs which should be stepped up to carry forward the project’s achievements.

The project’s vision is for innovation eco-systems in be in place in all individual OCTs. The establishment of an eco-system requires innovation to be embraced by government and wider society and across all sectors.

Government needs to play a key role in driving innovation through creating an enabling environment for innovation and implementing the required measures and taking initiatives for innovation implementation.

 

 

 

 

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Turks and Caicos Islands to Host Managing Innovation Training – February 16 – 17, 2017

Turks and Caicos Islands to Host Managing Innovation Training – February 16 – 17, 2017

The Ministry of Finance, in collaboration with the COSME Programme, will be conducting  a two (2) day Training Programme in “Managing Innovation” on February 16 and 17, 2017.

The Training Programme has been developed by Quara Consulting and Training, Argentina and will be conducted by its Managing Director, Leopoldo Colombo.  Mr. Colombo is also Convener of the ISO Committee developing the international standard on “Innovation Management Systems”.

Innovation and creativity are intertwined and critical to securing a competitive advantage. However, best practices in innovation have moved far beyond creative brainstorming. The most consistent and successful innovators don’t rely on chance. They have invested in building reliable innovation processes and structures to repeatedly find new opportunities that make sense in terms of value creation.

This training is ideal for BSOs, Government agencies and training institutions as well as innovators, entrepreneurs and management consultants.

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Best Wishes from OCTA Innovation

Best Wishes from OCTA Innovation

Best Wishes to all involved in OCTA Innovation project for a great cooperation in assisting islands on their development by using innovation platform for propelling systemic innovation across the sectors, and through a true public private cooperation.

OCTA Innovation is on the way for making something very unique, OCTs to be one of the examples for having creativity and innovation as drivers of the growth. We believe in this. We are doing this on the ground.

A mix of the tailored technical assistance in wide spectrum of the activities starting by recognising the most attractive particular opportunities, via setting the strategies, to the implementation of the structural and systemic reforms, to implemenation via pilot projects whatever size of the projects are, even small as in our OCTA Innovation project pilot projects are.

This tailored mix with the full ownership of the project on the ground makes the difference. We believe in this, and we are making this difference.

 

 

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