Ré-Créations Gifts and Perfumes

Ré-Créations Gifts and Perfumes

Located in the city center of Saint-Pierre, the Ré-Créations boutique invites you into two distinct worlds:

The Gift and Souvenir Shop of the Islands
The items presented in the shop are showcasing the culture and heritage of the islands. Discover the craft of porcelain painting. Unique items entirely hand-made. Personalize your products in the workshop.

The perfumery
All your favorite luxury perfumes are available here, all of them are Duty Free!

The email address is recreations975@gmail.com

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Adventures in the heart of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon Islands

Adventures in the heart of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon Islands

The Saint-Pierre and Miquelon archipelago, three islands with a subarctic landscape, a mixture of peat bogs, rocky hills, beaches, woods, meadows and cliffs… 242 km2 of hiking territory. You will come face to face with a wide variety of wildlife: seals, deer, birds of prey, Canada geese, warblers, carnivorous plants, orchids among many other species. From high on the cliff tops, you will see the whales blowing, ganets diving…

Visit its web page.

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Azores, an EU outermost region

Azores, an EU outermost region

The OCTA Innovation International Conference (2IC) will be held in a partnership with the Government of the Azores. Azores are islands, part of Portugal, recognised as an EU region with advanced progress of innovation in the multiple fields which are also very relevant for the Overseas Countries and Territories of European Union.

Having conference in one of the EU islands is a very good way to have transfer of best innovation practices in dealing with specific issues for islands.

The 2IC will take place in Ponta Delgada, from 11 to 14 April 2017.

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Boosting organic farming in islands

Boosting organic farming in islands

 

There is a lot potential to develop organic farming in the OCTs to bring about more sustainable growth. It is good for the environment, promotes the stewardship of future generations of farmers over their land, it adds value to products, boosts the tourism industry and brings health benefits to society.

Many entities are involved in the organic farming value chain. Farmers, transport providers, local chefs, hotels, policy-makers, the media and the ICT industry all have roles to play.

A ‘farm-to-table’ programme set up by the Women in Business Development, a Samoa-based non-governmental organisation, has been at the centre of the movement towards organic agriculture in the Pacific island state and says other small island states can draw on its success.

Likewise, to develop eco-tourism and innovation in tourism-related culinary excellence, “from tree to plate,” in 2010, the European Union co-financed an innovative local culinary initiative for the H.L. Stott Community College Culinary School Center in Paraquita Bay, Tortola.

The Samoa model covers all fronts. It helps farmers achieve organic production and certification and acts as a conduit for sourcing markets for products. Around 60 per cent of organic farms on the Pacific island are now certified organic. It assists farmers with the delivery of organic produce baskets and in meeting consumer demand for high-end, socially conscious, environmentally-friendly products such as organic virgin coconut oil, coffee and dried bananas.

The programme understands the grading system necessary for consistent quality and quantity. It is building supply links between farmers and hoteliers and is using television to build public confidence in recipes based on locally-grown food prepared by local chefs. For tourists, it means a better experience of Samoan culture.

Organic certification opens up niche, international markets, bringing greater potential for income-generation. The way forward is for the whole nation to go organic in the next 10 years.

Regular evaluation of the farm-to-table programme are a vital part of the model. On a weekly basis, there should be assessments of the number of crops ordered, by which restaurants, problems encountered and how these were dealt with.

The next step is focusing on bringing more farmers on board, increasing delivery days and improving transport systems, such as a refrigerated truck for pick-ups. Another step is to explore greater such as mobile phone apps, including a farm bank app through which farmers can check their bank balance and their year-to-date earnings.

Find out more

 

 

 

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Falkland Islands Government: Innovation Strategy

Falkland Islands Government: Innovation Strategy

 

Following adoption of the Falkland Islands Innovation StrategyHon. Michael Poole, MLA, the Innovation Advisory Board Member; MLA Portfolio Holder of Innovation and the Chair of the Falkland Islands Innovation Council noted:

As an internally self-governing Overseas Territory of the UK, the Falkland Islands has seen a number of structural changes to its economy over recent decades. Both the Islands private and public sectors have had to adapt to significant economic growth and a widening economic base. The traditional industry of agricultural has been added to by commercial offshore fisheries, both cruise and land-based tourism, and the potential for offshore oil extraction in the coming years. This historic growth, development and self-sufficiency would not have been achieved without innovation and resilience.

However, with globalisation and increasing pressures on resources, no country can afford to stand still. It is to this end that the Falkland Islands Government, in partnership with the local private sector, adopted and endorsed an Island-wide innovation strategy in  early 2016. This strategy looks to enable and embed innovative thinking across key institutions. The strategy is necessarily high level; it does not have all the answers and does not purport to. Innovation by its very nature can be difficult to codify and quantify, but you know it when you see it and we hope that this strategy is one small step towards continuing the Islands long history in this field”.  Hon. Michael Poole, MLA

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Delegation from the European Union visits Montserrat

Delegation from the European Union visits Montserrat

 

A delegation from the European Union (EU) comprising of Martin HANSEN, Desk Officer (OCTs), DEVCO G1, Marc THILL, Head of Operations, Barbados Delegation and Dr.Stephen BOYCE, Programme Officer, Barbados Delegation, visited Montserrat on September 7th, 2016.

The main purpose of the visit was to assess the impact/progress of past funding and discuss the progress on the programming of funds for Montserrat under the 11th EDF (European Development Fund).

The delegation met with DFID and Ministers of Government and some senior Government technicians. Janice Panton, EU representative for Montserrat, UK, Colin Owen, Financial Secretary along with Joseph Irish, Director of Economic Management, took the team on a tour to view various projects and examine potential areas for development. Honourable Premier, Donaldson Romeo and Minister of Communications, Works, Labour and Energy, Hon. Paul Lewis were present on the Island tour.

 

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Sharing for innovation in environmental risk mitigation

Sharing for innovation in environmental risk mitigation

 

Some kinds of Innovation can be expensive for small enterprises in smaller territories. The large projects under Bo Aruba and Sint Eustatius the solar park project are evidence of the scale of meaningful work that smaller enterprises cannot undertake but can benefit from. Cost factors are perhaps the most important single barrier to technology transfer to smaller enterprises. While the bulk of the literature on seems to focus upon access to finance within the OCTs there have been isolated but very valuable cases of innovation support and transfer without the need for significant cash outlay from the government or smaller enterprises. One of the important characteristics of climate change, particularly in small island tourist-based territories, is that they affect both large and small enterprises at the same time.

When large enterprise address environmental risks, they simultaneously addresses the problems faced by smaller ones. In several cases, the benefits can be passed on as part of corporate social responsibility or at a marginal cost to smaller enterprises. The CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa in Anguilla is one example of this, where it provided water to residents during a drought in that territory. The Cooper Island Beach Resort is another such example where it engages community and tourist involvement in waste management and food production.

Going forward, the OCTs must explore of the symbiotic relationships that can be formed between large enterprises and smaller ones in the area of innovation for environmental risk mitigation. Co-operatives and similar associative structures are another method of reducing the cost of innovation per user. Co-operatives are democratically organised, member-based business structures founded upon the principle of sharing. Co-operatives can amass sums of money from their members to acquire technologies that can be communally used, operated and maintained. Co-operative structures exist within the agricultural sectors of several of the OCTs but several countries noted that there is a need for strengthening the movement and for refocusing them upon environmental risk mitigation, obtaining common technologies and for diffusing knowledge on best practice within specific sectors. These will be explored for agriculture and fisheries among the OCTs.

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OCTA Innovation International Conference in Azores

OCTA Innovation International Conference in Azores

 

Innovation and creativity, through continuing OCTA Innovation engagement with innovation managers and key stakeholders has leaped forward since our first events. Following two successful regional workshops in the Autumn of 2015 (Caribbean in Sint Maarten, and Pacific in New Caledonia) OCTA Innovation is organising International Innovation Conference (2IC) in November this year (2016) in Azores.

Being a part of the European Union but at the same time having small population, remote location, resource needs and economy challenges, Azores were selected for their similarity to OCTs.

The objectives of 2IC are to:

  • bring together audiences from OCT and EU innovation communities;
  • foster cooperation and collaborative work between Innovation Managers;
  • exchange information on the implementation of territorial innovation strategies;
  • discuss progress on pilot projects;
  •  facilitate cross-EU cooperation and networking;
  •  define sectorial priorities and cross-EU cooperation;
  •  leverage regional cooperation;
  • develop projects for EU and international funding.

The following topics/areas are under consideration to be included in 2IC:

  •  a thematic workshop session on sustainable tourism and agriculture;
  •  a thematic workshop session on sustainable energy and construction;
  •  a thematic workshop session on creativity, micro and small enterprises and business incubators;
  •  a thematic workshop session on Trade and Transport facilitation;
  •  a thematic workshop on business financing and banking.

We invite all innovation key stakeholders to extend their eventual recommendations and input.

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PACE-Net Plus bi-regional dialogue platform report

PACE-Net Plus bi-regional dialogue platform report

The PACE-Net+ bi-regional dialogue platform was hosted by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) with the theme “Moving towards a high-level policy dialogue in Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I); Pathways to innovation in the Pacific region.”

Coordinated by the Institut de Recherche pour le développement (IRD), PACE-Net+ is the second project funded by the European Commission to further support the institutional bi-regional policy dialogue in ST&I between the Pacific region and the European Union. One of the aims of the project is to strengthen the bi-regional cooperation in ST&I, notably through Horizon 2020, which is the European Union’s framework programme dedicated to research and innovation.

More information at http://pacenet.eu

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Pitcairn – Working with the EU and OCTA Innovation

Pitcairn – Working with the EU and OCTA Innovation

 

Pitcairn, being one of the most isolated islands in the world faces a number of challenges. We have a small population and are looking to repopulate and looking to build an economy around tourism which presents a significant opportunity given its pristine oceans, and its endemic plant and bird species.

Pitcairn is working with the EU, OCTA and the Innovations Project to develop the infrastructure on Island to provide facilities for increased tourism where visitors can come without affecting our unique biodiversity

Maintaining a careful balance between the environmental, economic and socio- cultural benefits and risks associated with island tourism has been and will continue to be necessary to ensuring tourism is built with care, for long term sustainability.

A review of telecommunications is underway and EDF has provided funding for the construction of alternate harbour facilities, upgrading roads and walkways,new buildings, a ship to shore vessel and an on land people carrier. All of this will support the increasing demand to visit Pitcairn.

Pitcairn is also working towards the introduction of renewable energy to replace fossil fuel in line with the agreement of all the EU Overseas Territories signed in Brussels in June 2015.

For information on Immigrating to Pitcairn please visit www.immigration.gov.pn

 

Pitcairn

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