Ra’O Puha, un an déjà

Ra’O Puha, un an déjà

Le projet pilote de la Polynésie française Ra’o Puha de bioconversion de tourteaux de coprah se termine. Le contrat signé l’an dernier par l’Association des Pays et Territoires d’Outre-Mer (l’OCTA) a permis un financement de la Commission européenne afin de valoriser les ressources du territoire et de fournir une activité rémunératrice aux familles et aux petits entrepreneurs et de contribuer activement à l’avenir durable des îles de Polynésie française.

Félicitations à l’excellent travail de tous les participants, y compris Bernard Costa le chef de projet et le comité de pilotage, pour leur réunion hebdomadaire et l’encadrement solide qui a permis la meilleure évolution du projet pilote. Une appréciation particulière au conseil d’innovation et au directeur d’innovation Bran Quinquis pour avoir favorisé ce projet d’innovation scientifique, qui devrait avoir une influence principalement sur le développement économique mais qui aura aussi un aspect visible d’innovation sociale.

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Small Innovation Projects

Small Innovation Projects

Small Innovation Projects (SIP) of a value less than 10.000€ have been initiated as steps of the implementation of the Innovation Strategy for the OCTs which did not get Innovation Pilot Projects, namely Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Greenland, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands and Wallis-and-Futuna.

All key stakeholders, both public and private, from the OCTs eligible to benefit having a Small Innovation Project. The Small Innovation Project should be small capacity-building innovation-boosting project with a foreseen duration between 3 and 8 months.

Montserrat SIP has been approved, while Anguilla and Wallis-and-Futuna SIP applications are under consideration.

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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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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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