Declaration

Declaration

The OCTA Innovation International Conference took place in Ponta Delgada, Azores on 11-14 April 2017. It gathered representatives of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTs), the government of the Azores, the European Commission and innovation experts to look at how innovation is spurring sustainable development in small islands and to develop cooperation and future initiatives.

The pillars and values that are the basis of a society were considered as well as the capacities and needs of all stakeholders to underpin them. The implementation of different types and different levels of innovation have been under consideration. The vision of an economically prosperous and inclusive society should be based on innovation and entire collaboration between public and private actors. Innovation should support all stakeholders in society, in both economic and social fields and is perceived as crucial for tackling the issues of natural resources, climate change and sustainable development. The governments have to ensure enabling conditions for propelling innovation. Innovation Managers of the Overseas Countries and Territories of European Union, active members of OCTA Innovation, assembled in the Azores, commit themselves to feeding these dynamics.

Governments must take the lead in systemic innovation across all sectors; fostering partnerships between public and private entities and knowledge sharing and capacity-building. The ambition is to grow a number of thematic and regional centres of excellence among OCTs with a focus on those sectors where individual OCTs are already leading the way, and to share expertise among the OCTs and with regions.

Innovation Managers: Anguilla, Bren Romney; Aruba, Bianca Peters; Bonaire, Dianne Boelmans; British Virgin Islands, Lizette George; Cayman Islands, Jamaal Anderson; Curaçao, Fiona Curie; Falkland Islands, Michael Betts; French Polynesia, Bran Quinquis; Greenland, Lars Balslev; Montserrat, Angela Estwick; New Caledonia, Jean-Michel Le Saux; Pitcairn, Leslie Jaques; Saba, Menno Van der Velde; St. Barthélemy, Pascal Peuchot; St. Helena, Niall O’Keeffe; St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, Olivier Gaston; St. Eustatius, Roy Hooker; St. Maarten, Jude Houston; Turks and Caicos Islands, Alexa Cooper-Grant; Wallis and Futuna, Carole Manry.

OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck: innovation@octa-innovation.eu

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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

Falklands island small islands sustainable growth news Michael Betts
Adding Value to Falkland Islands Products and Services

Adding Value to Falkland Islands Products and Services

The thought of someone somewhere in the world buying a Falkland’s product because of its origins and its reputation for quality and sustainability is our vision for Falkland products. The Falklands produces many high quality products such as wool, lamb, toothfish (pictured) and calamari, however Falklands businesses are not always able to take the opportunity to enhance their products through adding value. The aim is to add value through processing, identifying new markets and international marketing.

The Falkland Islands aim to recruit industry experts to identify value adding opportunities, identify new and niche markets and develop an international marketing strategy for Falklands’ wool, meat, fish and squid. This information will be provided to businesses in the relevant sectors to make strategic decisions regarding their product. The Falkland Islands Development Corporation will then be on hand to assist businesses on their chosen path with business advice and financial support.

To successfully reach the vision would fill many islanders with a sense of pride. How we farm, how we manage our fishery and how we conduct business is not an occupation, but our way of life. Our culture and our economy are closely intertwined and our ambition is to showcase the Falkland Islands as a producer of world class products.

Falklands SME support news Michael Betts
The Falkland Islands Innovation Strategy

The Falkland Islands Innovation Strategy

The Falkland Islands Innovation Strategy aims to create an environment to encourage innovation in the islands.  The strategy was centred on an Innovation Workshop, which was attended by over 40 individuals from the public and private sectors.  The strategy aims to make innovation a national priority; increasing local, regional and international collaboration; increasing local research and development; improving the long-term development of people in the islands; sharing risk; and conducting regular reviews of the strategy itself.

The strategy consists or three parts; Part A – Stakeholder Consultation Results, Part B – An Innovation Strategy for the Falkland Islands and Part C – Action Plan.  Part B is the strategy itself and contains 16 recommendations to encourage and promote innovation in the islands.  The recommendations range from the administration of the strategy to delivering key initiatives to encourage innovation in the business community.  Part B was highly influenced by the results detailed in Part A and Part C outlines a timetable to deliver the recommendations.  The strategy was approved by the Falkland Islands Development Corporation in December 2015 and was made into Government policy in March 2016.

Falklands development strategy news Michael Betts
The Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are a collection of over 700 small islands in the South-West Atlantic Ocean, approximately 500 miles from the east coast of South America. The Falklands has a total area of land of approximately 12,170km2 and mainly consists of two large islands; East and West Falklands. The capital, Stanley, can be found on East Falkland and is the only town in the Falkland Islands. The area outside of Stanley is locally known as ‘Camp’ and is comprised of over 90 farms and a few small settlements. The total population of the Falklands is approximately 2,500 people with roughly 2,100 living in the capital.

The GDP of the Falkland Islands peaked in 2012 at around £198m. The Fishing industry is traditionally the Falkland’s largest sector and can contribute between 30-50% of the islands’ GDP. In recent years the Oil and Gas and Tourism industries have become more prominent because of hydrocarbons exploration in the islands and the recovery of tourism worldwide, particularly the cruise industry. The Agriculture industry, culturally and economically, is also considered a very important industry in the islands. Sheep farming has been a key part of the Falklands’ economy for 150 years, with wool and lamb being key Falkland exports.

Falklands small islands news Michael Betts
Key Innovation Stakeholders in the Falkland Islands

Key Innovation Stakeholders in the Falkland Islands

The progress made with the Falkland Islands Innovation Strategy and the Pilot Project can be attributed to the support it has received from the local business community. Throughout the life of the project, from the assembly of the Advisory Board to the organisation of the Innovation Workshop, business owners and business managers have committed time and effort to help move the project forward. The level of support is exemplified in the number of entrepreneurs and managers who attended the Falkland Islands Innovation Workshop on the 16th October 2015.

The Falkland Islands Innovation Strategy and the Pilot Project were wholly inspired by the comments and feedback provided by the 40 workshop attendees. Once Government approval had been received for the strategy, the first task was seek the official buy-in from the business community. The Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce, the Rural Business Association, the Falkland Islands Fishing Companies Association, the Falkland Islands Tourist Board and the Falkland Islands Petroleum Licensees Association represent a large percentage of the businesses in the Falklands. Each organisation was approached to provide official support for the strategy and each agreed. The Chamber of Commerce replied enthusiastically with “whatever you need Michael!”. The Innovation project had introduced a new period of cross-sectorial collaboration.

Falklands green economy news Michael Betts

48 plants de patates douces cultivés sous serre (2/2)

Il y a 15 jours, à l’université, nous avions suivi la mise en pot de plants de patates douces  importés de Fidji. Objectif : lancer une filière de production de patates douces exempts de maladies.

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New Caledonia agriculture Bianca Peters Menno Van Der Velde Jamaal Anderson Fiona Curie Lizette O. George Roy Hooker Carole Manry Dianne Boelmans Olivier Gaston Alexa-Cooper-Grant Michael Betts Bran Quinquis Niall O'Keeffe Pascal Peuchot