OCTA Innovation Newsletter #19-2018 – Sint Eustatius

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #19-2018 – Sint Eustatius

EU, namely European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development is supporting Overseas Countries and Territories in developing and implementing innovation and creativity for islands’ sustainable growth. In that framework, EU is funding pilot innovation project called Statia Blue. Project is basically using the latest technologies to develop sustainable fishery. The idea behind a smartphone app that could transform the Caribbean fishing industry has been launched on the Dutch island of St. Eustatius. When introduced as a test project later this year, the fishing App will link the supply of the local daily catch directly to the demand from the regional market.

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Meeting the local fishermen and discussing the development of the StatiaBlue fishing app

Meeting the local fishermen and discussing the development of the StatiaBlue fishing app

StatiaBlue is an EU funded innovation pilot project in Sint Eustatius, where the beneficiary and cofounder is St Eustatius Fundation (SEF). Statia has suffered from the effects of two hurricanes during the project execution, but the project team headed by Dr. Teresa Leslie (SEF) is doing its best to catch the time and to deliver project on time. Milan Jezic von Gesseneck (OCTA Innovation) and John Sandiford (Antonio Media) talk to local fisherman Reynaldo Redan about the issues related to development of the StatiaBlue fishing app.

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Meetings with the Director of the Chamber of Commerce Sint Eustatius

Meetings with the Director of the Chamber of Commerce Sint Eustatius

Chamber of Commerce Sint Eustatius is one of the key Innovation stakeholders on the island. Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader visited Sint Eustatius from May 28-30, 2018. That was opportunity for having several meetings with the Director of the Chamber of Commerce Sint Eustatius Ms. Petronila Lara Reyes.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #17-2018 – Statia mission

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #17-2018 – Statia mission

During my mission in Statia, several opportunities and relevant features were recognised, including genuine and authentic culture and heritage, diving, tranquillity and security, tourism and music, especially gospel.
Definitely tourism agglomeration and particular niches of tourism such as diving, ecotourism and scientific tourism are of the highest potential for building sustainable economy for prosperous and inclusive society.

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Meeting Deputy Government Commissioner Mr. Mervyn Stegers in Statia

Meeting Deputy Government Commissioner Mr. Mervyn Stegers in Statia

Meeting on 28 May 2018 with the Deputy Government Commissioner Mr. Mervyn Stegers and Innovation Manager Anthony Reid was about the support for innovation in entrepreneurship for OCTs stakeholders.

Other issues discussed:

  • Education and competence-building;
  • The company PUM Netherlands senior experts which is a volunteer organisation committed to the sustainable development of small and medium-size enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets
  • Greenhouses: already initial projects developed in schools
  • Agriculture: Statia could eventually use cooperation for salt potatoes growing.
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Waste management plant in Statia

Waste management plant in Statia

St Eustatius is a small island with around 3500 inhabitants. An island on the verge of major developments that has been pending for so long. One of these developments was gifted to the island in 2014. A basic waste facility was built to introduce recycling to the island. For various reasons this recycling facility was never opened for full implementation of recycling.

Today they are celebrating the fact that the facility is open and processing the waste collected from the households, businesses and government offices on a weekly regular schedule. The Dumpsite is being covered and transformed into a large storing area for certain types of waste streams.

Some of the streams they have are: Green glass, Clear glass, Brown glass, Pet plastic, Hdpe plastic, Ldpe Plastic, PP Plastic, E-waste, Electrical waste, Tires, Cardboard, Green waste, Aluminum cans, Tin cans, Metal, Batteries (Lead), Used oils, Construction waste, Clean Styrofoam, and Appliances.

All waste material is weighed at the bridge and registered in the system. Then they monitor the trend of the recycling success. This information should give them a focus point on the areas that needs attention.

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Three Pillars: Intertwining innovation, education and commitment

Three Pillars: Intertwining innovation, education and commitment

OCTA Innovation under leadership of Mr Milan Jezic von Gesseneck (left on the photo) has developed into an innovation think tank committed to best outcomes in island states in the Atlantic and South Pacific. With innovation as the engine of sustainable development, Milan has lead developing innovation, including a new concept in learning, blended education. From his experience of working in developing countries, he developed a learning methodology that brings together most effortless in-job education, with structured distance learning enabling the students on minimal face to face support (often not available on the islands) to gain from the most advanced education tools and gain valuable qualifications.

In the summer of 2017 University of Aruba and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (University of Leuven) signed a 5-year partnership agreement for the Green Faculty at the University of Aruba. Under leadership of Mr Glenn Thodé (middle on the photo) the Green Faculty encapsulates an academic program focused on research in the field of sustainability, and application of new technologies related to green, renewable energy, in combination with economic and social sciences. The Green Faculty is a major leap forward for all region. By welcoming high-level experts and academic staff, the Green Faculty will, no doubt become the hotbed of learning in the Caribbean. Great work Glenn!

From economic hit-man to protector. Emerging from the world of hard, imperial economics where power is unscrupulously used to further interest of global finance, Mr John Perkins (right on the photo) has been reborn into one of the strongest protectors of natural life and resources. Advising small countries and organizations that protect resources and support economics that respects both environment and societal needs, John is using his economic knowledge and commitment to sustainable and circular economy. We love this work.

On the first sight these three approaches are unrelated. But they form the big picture of economic and societal prosperity in the Overseas Countries and Territories, the Three Pillars.

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‘Sunrise Solar Park’ one of the biggest solar parks in the Caribbean Region

‘Sunrise Solar Park’ one of the biggest solar parks in the Caribbean Region

To further raise the sustainability bar in the Aruban energy mix, WEB Aruba N.V recently was handed over 92.000 square meter of land, which was previously owned by the Refinery of Aruba (‘RDA’), following the contract signing of a 5.9 megawatt solar project with partner ISOTRON and the official groundbreaking of the ‘Sunrise Solar Park’ in the east side of the island of Aruba in Lago Heights, San Nicolas.

WEB Aruba is proud to initiate the ‘Sunrise Solar Park’ project. This is a significant event for WEB Aruba because of the 16 million florin investment, and the complete ownership of a project of this magnitude. The Sunrise Solar Park will be one of the biggest solar parks on the island and the Caribbean Region. The solar project is monumental because it states the lowest price achieved for solar photovoltaic (PV) on Aruba to date.

The main focus of the ‘Decentralized Solar Photovoltaic Integrated Project’ is to construct a ground mounted solar PV system in San Nicolas, east side of the island, with a capacity of 5.9 megawatts. In addition to contributing to a more sustainable energy mix, this project supports the government’s agenda of repurposing part of the refinery premises.

This project brings WEB Aruba closer to their goal of completing all solar energy projects that are part of the Aruba Renewable Energy Strategy (‘ARES’) and portfolio. WEB Aruba’s mission is to reach an average of 5% solar energy penetration.

WEB Aruba expresses gratitude to all its departments who have also contributed to the development of this project and also, the Government of Aruba, Utilities Aruba N.V, N.V. Elmar, ISOTRON, Aruba Investment Bank, Brown Lawyers, Refinery of Aruba and CITGO who have played a fundamental role in making the ‘Sunrise Solar Park’ become a reality for the island of Aruba. Find more about Green Aruba

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