September 26 = 27 2017 – Sustainability – a tool for Development
The pilot projects are part of the OCTA support for the implementation of the most promising and innovative ideas, innovative modalities of organization, and implementation of the advanced innovative technologies in the OCTs. The OCTA Innovation pilot projects are immensely important as one of the first actions in the implementation of the OCT innovation strategies. Keeping the innovation momentum, and securing these early steps have been funded by the European Commission.
Five pilot projects are already well progressing in their activities and monthly reports present great collaborative work in propelling innovation in territories. Four more pilot projects have been contracted and kick-offs are ongoing.
Smaller innovation projects (SIP) are currently under development to be contracted in the coming period. We are very proud with the high intensity actions as this period is simultaneously full filled with different innovation initiatives, innovation studies, innovation workshops, events, trainings and missions. Visit our web site for more news, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Milan Jezic von Gesseneck
The project is on the world wide level an highly innovative project for developing sustainable fisheries, particularly in Sint Eustatius and Caribbean islands. Due to the small population of Sint Eustatius and the abundance of fish and other marine life in the reef in the marine park, fishermen in Sint Eustatius have to date avoided overfishing in the area. The pilot project, called Statia Blue, will create sustainable practices for fisheries in Sint Eustatius. The proposed solution is a mobile application that puts buyers of fish in touch with suppliers of fish on a “real-time” basis. A key component of Statia Blue is to ensure that fishermen increase compliance with the principles of sustainable fisheries and thereby play an active role as stewards of the protected reefs, parks and species which are the fragile natural endowments of the island and its people.
The proposed solution involves the engagement of fisher-folk in education on pricing and the market mechanism and support of that education using mobile application technology for creating a real-time market place for fish and seafood. The application will be used for ongoing education, supporting market clearing prices and monitoring and evaluation of catches to encourage sustainable practices such as fishing a safe distance from protected zones and management of the invasive species.
Working with a small group of fishermen, the project proposes to provide them a mobile app (“Statia Blue”) and waterproof mobile phones. As fish are caught, the fish is identified and described (size and weight) and reported back to a central database. At the central database the price of that fish and the total catch is estimated based upon the fish caught by all fishermen on that day. Prices are reported back to the fishermen so that they can make informed decisions about the harvesting of those fish. Fishermen can continue or stop fishing depending upon their satisfaction with the price estimated on the market. A pricing mechanism will be used to signal to fishermen which fish are in demand. The app will also have an educational element, administered by Sint Eustatius National Park (STENAPA) who will also raise the credit lines on fishermen’s access to the STENAPA credit card as an incentive for participating in the pilot project. Statia Blue will also have a consumer interface, reporting on which fish are advisable for eating during the season based upon data on the stock of fish in the Statia’s waters. The pricing element will also be present to reduce adverse selection.
The project is expected to benefit fishermen in primarily Sint Eustatius as well as Saba and St. Maarten and the closest off shore markets for fish- St. Kitts and hoteliers in Sint Maarten, as well as to other Caribbean islands. The successful deployment of this project in Sint Eustatius has benefits for the fishing grounds around the neighbouring islands. In addition, the innovation can be a best practice for all OCTs trying to develop their fisheries.
The linkages between fisheries and tourism, maximizing potential benefits for local fishers and fishing communities, as well as to reduce the growing dependence on imported fish and fisheries products. Sourcing locally produced fish and seafood for the tourism sector, quality assurance, reliability of supply, volume, product form and transportation, communication and information flow between fishers and tourist establishments. These issues are considered as key issues in the fisheries sector by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Read more . OCTA Innovation is proud that our Overseas Countries and Territories are leading the region in finding the most innovative solutions for moving forward in fisheries sector. Currently Sint Eustatius Innovation team lead by Roy Hooker, Innovation Director, with support of the Alan Cooper, expert from Trinidad and Tobago has developed a project called Blue Statia. Project is considered as very innovative and one of the most promising creativity and technological innovation initiatives.
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: email@example.com
Statia has a surplus of cattle. Loose cattle, which Statia has hundreds of it, causes many economical and ecological damage. They also pose a safety hazard and impede the development of agriculture and horticulture. On the French part of the neighboring island of St. Maarten there is a shortage of cattle. Recently a slaughterhouse opened that because of the low supply of cattle is not cost effective.
On August 17th the Economic Affairs Unit at the Dutch Caribbean organized a trade mission which was attended by a delegation from French St. Martin. Agreements have been made about the transfer of cattle, the conditions that are needed for that and a broader cooperation in the field of veterinary issues and cattle breeding. Statia wants an identification and registration system meeting EU standards. St. Martin already has experience with this been since 1993 and wants to offer a helping hand.
During his visit, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Mr. Henk Kamp presented Quality Coast Awards to the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire and Statia in recognition of their efforts towards sustainable tourism policy and quality.
On the 30th of August, Minister Kamp presented a Bronze QualityCoast flag and certificate to Statia’ Island Commissioner Derrick Simmons and Chairperson of the Green Destinations Committee Maya Leon-Pandt. This Bronze Award supports and recognizes the way Satia has developed its tourism, with a special focus on protecting the marine environment and terrestrial ecology, according to the Quality Coast Jury. Three National Park areas protect the high biodiversity and unique tropical marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Furthermore, the jury praised the island’s cultural-historical conservation efforts, which have provided Statia with a very strong and attractive ‘sense of place’. And the new solar power plant provides already more than 25% of the island’s electricity needs.
Subsequently, on his visit to the island of Bonaire, Minister Kamp presented a Silver Quality Coast flag and certificate to the Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB), Mr. Maurice Adriaens. The Silver award is, among others, a recognition of Bonaire’s decades of (marine) nature conservation policy and practice which have provided the island with an outstanding and internationally recognised quality dive tourism product. In addition, the QualityCoast Jury lauded the island’s initiatives to move towards a greener economy with wind power already delivering 40% of the island’s energy needs; but also the several efforts to protect, conserve and celebrate the island’s culture, history and heritage. The Silver QualityCoast award is a considerable step up from Bonaire’s Qualit Coast BasiQ award obtained in 2014.
Basis for both islands’ QualityCoast awards were the Green Destinations assessments carried out in July and August of this year in the frame of the so-called Green Deal for Sustainable Tourism – a public-private partnership of stakeholders in the Dutch tourism industry. This Green Deal aims to support destinations worldwide in becoming more sustainable and inform consumers about the quality and sustainability of their holiday destinations.
The Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs was given the honour to officially open two great energy projects. On August 29th he cut the ribbon at the new diesel station on Saba, together with the widow of Elmer Lindsey, founder of the Saba Electric Company, and whom the station is named after. This station is 16% more energy efficient than the old one and has more storage capacity. This means the supplying oil ship does not have to come as often as before. The best result of the new station is probably the fact that the harbour is finally free from the ear-splitting and bad smelling old station!
On Statia the Minister opened phase 1 of the solar panel plant, which has at its peakperformance the capacity to generate 89% of the electricity need of the island. The Minister said the project could serve as a great example of cooperation between the Dutch government and the islands for other (future) projects.
A new PV-diesel-hybrid system combined with a battery storage system makes the island St. Eustatius less dependent from fossil fuels.
The Caribbean island St. Eustatius was given the status of a “special municipality”, a special administrative division of the Netherlands, whose citizens can e.g. vote in Dutch national and European elections. At the same time the special municipalities do not necessarily have the same laws as the Netherlands. The Dutch Ministry of Economics decided to finance the installation of a PV system to make the island and the local Statia Utility Company (STUCO) less dependent on oil-imports.
“We were looking for fossil fuel reduction and at the same time for a solution with both very low maintenance and also stand-alone operation,” said Fred Cuvalay, CEO of STUCO. Overall, St. Eustatius now has a PV plant with a total capacity of 1.9 MW and batteries of the type Sunny Central Storage 1000 with a capacity of 1 MW. The new system can supply 23% of the island’s yearly electricity demand and save up to 30% of the fossil fuels used. The battery storage system and the Fuel Save Controller 2.0 by SMA help in producing nearly a quarter of the 13.5 GWh of electricity, which are used on St. Eustatius per year with the help of the sun.
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