Commercial air service to St Helena came live

Commercial air service to St Helena came live

Great News  – Sale of tickets for the commercial air service to St Helena came live this Friday

The sale of tickets for the scheduled air service to St Helena went live on Friday. Airlink will operate a weekly service between St Helena and Johannesburg and St Helena and Cape Town, via the stopover at Windhoek International Airport in Namibia. Flights will commence on Saturday, October 14.

Tickets will be available online via the Airlink website at https:/ flyairlink.com/ and through all normal IATA global distribution systems. Read more

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St Helena having successful proving flight

St Helena having successful proving flight

The St Helena government,  has said that a commercial aircraft completed a successful proving flight to the island. The Airlink’s Embraer E190-100IGW departed St Helena Airport on Tuesday afternoon following the main flight from Johannesburg and several flight trials before returning to South Africa.

 The proving flight was for Airlink to demonstrate to the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) operational proficiency in terms of ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Engine Operations) requirements. This is a routine exercise for new air services, and part of the preparations for introducing an air service on a new route.Read more

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Sustainable Environmental Management in Saint-Helena

Sustainable Environmental Management in Saint-Helena

Saint-Helena pilot project is a part of the complex set of the activities that St Helena is taking towards its sustainability. It is based on the implementation of the management of household and agricultural waste. The project intends to contribute simultaneously to innovative and sustainable waste management as well as to renewable energy generation in the remote island of St. Helena. The action to develop anaerobic digestion as a means to convert biodegradable waste into biogas and renewable energy as agreed by stakeholders will fit with the solid household and agricultural waste management plan and renewable energy agenda adopted by the Government of St Helena. The project is well-integrated into both the Innovation and Sustainable development strategies of the island.

The digester will take biodegradable domestic waste, agricultural waste, sewage and biodegradable medical waste converting it to biogas and digestate and avoiding the need to put it in landfill or the sea. This will support the biosecurity and environmental protection agenda and reduce the need for the importation of fossil fuels and fertilisers. Choice of the process and choice of the location of the plant will be finalised in consultation with local stakeholders as part of an initial feasibility study, and buy in from the wider population in respect of waste segregation will be sought through a media campaign. Regular public meetings will also be held to ensure continuous update of the project progress.

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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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OCTA Innovation Issue 32 / 2016 – St Helena, Tourism

OCTA Innovation Issue 32 / 2016 – St Helena, Tourism

 

St Helena is the untouched tourism jewel of the South Atlantic, becoming more accessible thanks to a new airport offering charter and commercial flights. Dr Niall O’ Keeffe, Innovation Manager for St Helena and Chief Executive Officer for Economic Development and Kirsty Joshua, Quality Systems and Information Officer of Enterprise St Helena, came to Brussels on 30th November 2016 for OCTA Innovation’s BRUZZ on St Helena.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 31 / 2016 – St Helena, island of systemic innovation

OCTA Innovation Issue 31 / 2016 – St Helena, island of systemic innovation

 

Dr. Niall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive for Economic Development, Enterprise St Helena and Innovation Manager of St Helena and his assistant, Kirsty Joshua travelled from St Helena to Brussels to be there on the 30th of November 2016 for BRUZZ, OCTA Innovation’s event on Business, Innovation and Creativity. We took this opportunity to make two videos, St. Helena Innovation and St Helena Tourism.

It was great meeting the St Helena team whose mission was focused on deepening relations with EU partners and strengthening innovation links for sustainable growth. Dr Niall O’Keeffe stated that with support from the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) St Helena is to systematically capture the knowledge and information available to the community through various networks and also by working in closer cooperation on the island.

Investment has been put in to support the process where all sectors are represented, all information shared and where ideas are tested, followed through and prioritised for the benefit of the sustainable growth of St Helena’s economy.

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Dr. Niall O’ Keeffe – St Helena, an island of discovery

Dr. Niall O’ Keeffe – St Helena, an island of discovery

 

Dr. Niall O’ Keeffe, Innovation Manager for St Helena and Chief Executive Officer for Economic Development, describes the island as one of the rare opportunities left where the economy has not yet been exposed to the wider world. St Helena is mustering all the support it can get on-island and off-island, to ensure that it is a great and positive story and show how tourism can enhance the well-being of everyone in the community.

With a tourism offering encompassing adventure, particularly marine-based, extraordinary heritage & culture and beautiful diverse landscapes, St Helena is expecting discerning visitors from all around the world to take the opportunity to explore an island previously only accessible after a five-day sail.

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St Helena’s unique fauna and flora

St Helena’s unique fauna and flora

 

St Helena’s Diana’s Peak National Park is a testament to the island’s pristine environment; a home to most of St. Helena’s endemic wildlife. 

Of the 60 known native species of plant, 45 occur nowhere else (including the white ebony flower).  Of 1100 land invertebrates, 400 are unique to the island. At least six unique land birds once occurred on St Helena, only one (the wirebird) survives today. Ten shore fishes are found only around the island, and 16 more are found only here and at Ascension.

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Systemic Innovation in St Helena – Niall O’Keeffe

Systemic Innovation in St Helena – Niall O’Keeffe

 

The community of St Helena is a very resilient one. Because of its isolation, everybody must develop the skills required for the island’s sustainably, innovative development and survival. With support from the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories, we are to systematically capture the knowledge and information that is available to the community through a series of networks and also by working in closer cooperation on the island.

We are doing with multiple methods and systems, primarily overseen by the Governor and the Government. Investment has been put in to support a process where all sectors are represented, all information shared, and ideas tested, engaged and prioritised for the benefit of sustainable growth of St Helena’s economy and in particular, of the tourism sector which we are working to promote.

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