Adventures in the heart of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon Islands

Adventures in the heart of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon Islands

The Saint-Pierre and Miquelon archipelago, three islands with a subarctic landscape, a mixture of peat bogs, rocky hills, beaches, woods, meadows and cliffs… 242 km2 of hiking territory. You will come face to face with a wide variety of wildlife: seals, deer, birds of prey, Canada geese, warblers, carnivorous plants, orchids among many other species. From high on the cliff tops, you will see the whales blowing, ganets diving…

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La recherche de locataires pour l’ile déserte

La recherche de locataires pour l’ile déserte

L’île de Quéménès est située au coeur de l’archipel de Molène dans le Finistère, à environ 9 km des côtes. Le Conservatoire du Littoral, lors de l’acquisition de l’île en 2003, dresse un bilan qui révèle les richesses naturelles et patrimoniales de l’île. Il décide alors, avec le soutien du programme Européen d’échanges insulaires INTERREG ISLA, et de nombreux partenaires publics et privés de développer un véritable laboratoire du développement durable sur l’île : restauration des bâtiments, installation d’un système de production d’énergies renouvelables (panneaux solaires, éolienne), approvisionnement et traitement de l’eau, réfection de la cale, entretien des écosystèmes, etc.

Suite à un appel à candidature, Soizic et David Cuisnier ont été sélectionnés pour y monter leur exploitation agricole, l’objectif étant que les activités de leur ferme puissent leur permettre de vivre tout en entretenant le site. Culture de pommes de terre, accueil du public en chambres d’hôtes, élevage de moutons et récolte d’algues de rives sont leurs activités principales.

La base du projet est donc de remettre en activité l’exploitation agricole, pour permettre d’entretenir le paysage de l’île, de préserver les bâtiments, de lutter contre les friches (grâce au pâturage et à la culture) et de préserver les espèces et les habitats remarquables.

Après dix ans passés sur l’île, Soizic et David Cuisnier quitteront définitivement Quéménès en janvier 2018. Le Conservatoire du Littoral a lancé un appel à projet mi-juin pour remplacer cette famille. Sur cet espace naturel classé, les nouveaux exploitants devront concilier développement d’un projet économiquement viable (la ferme insulaire s’étend sur 30 hectares et dispose d’une activité maison d’hôtes), préservation de l’environnement (faune, flore, prairie, menhirs, tumulus, fours à goémon,etc.) et l’accueil du public. Dans l’idéal, le Conservatoire espère trouver des locataires prêts à s’engager pour “une dizaine d’années” moyennant le paiement d’une redevance de 7.000 €.

Visite guidée de Quéménès

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Rhum from the Base of a Volcano

Rhum from the Base of a Volcano

At the foot of Mont Pelee, that fearsome volcano in the north of Martinique, is the home of Rhum Depaz.

This plantation makes some of the Caribbean’s greatest rum, though even in Martinique it’s generally makes it only as far as the municipal limits of the town of Saint Pierre. Depaz’s greatest asset is its location on the remarkably rich soils of Pelee, the same volcano that destroyed the town of Saint Pierre in 1902 (and its 30,000 inhabitants). But the Depaz family eventually rebuilt the plantation in 1917.

this is a rhum agricole from Martinique, it has a terroir — because where it’s made, where the sugarcane is grown and what the soil is like actually matters, unlike far too many Caribbean molasses-based rums that simply import their molasses from other countries. Claim is that when you drink Depaz you are tasting the history, you are tasting that imposing volcano. That is specific approach both to the quality and to the marketing. We love that.

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Workshops & public-private partnerships

Workshops & public-private partnerships

We believe in workshops to enhance engagement of the stakeholders and to support dialogue consultations to bring public-private partnerships in the OCTs.

OCTA Innovation will financially support the innovation networking in the OCTs as a way to enhance engagement of the stakeholders and to support public-private partnerships.

The conditions for such support are:

  • OCTs must organize an event by themselves and support any related costs by themselves.
  • OCTs need to inform OCTA Innovation with the list of participants, photos, videos, press releases, etc.
  • On the base of the success of this first round of networking innovation events, the best and second best will be recognized.
  • The next round of networking innovation events will be financially supported.
  • After the second round events take place, costs of the catering will be paid upon receiving invoice from the service provider. Maximum amount of the costs to be supported is 500 € per OCT for 18 OCTs, one time 1000€, one time 1500€ for the best and second best OCT in the second round.

We are looking forward to receiving news from your innovation events!

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Azores, an EU outermost region

Azores, an EU outermost region

The OCTA Innovation International Conference (2IC) will be held in a partnership with the Government of the Azores. Azores are islands, part of Portugal, recognised as an EU region with advanced progress of innovation in the multiple fields which are also very relevant for the Overseas Countries and Territories of European Union.

Having conference in one of the EU islands is a very good way to have transfer of best innovation practices in dealing with specific issues for islands.

The 2IC will take place in Ponta Delgada, from 11 to 14 April 2017.

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Turks and Caicos: Happy and Proud Islands

Turks and Caicos: Happy and Proud Islands

 

Dr Rufus Ewing, the TCI Premier, says the nation should be proud as the economy picks up and that everyone is “happy and proud of the turnaround in the Islands’ economy” after a time when they were “broken in spirit and broken financially”.

“So much so,” he adds, “that our financial gains and the way we achieved them can be considered the envy of lots of countries in the region.” He says this pride follows a period at the start of this decade when the Islands were victims of the global recession, leading to a significant financial deficit, and of hurricanes and political turmoil which caused a lack of investor confidence. goal has been to restore political stability, reinstate and instil investor confidence in the jurisdiction, and to promote the Islands as the best place to live in and visit.

Tourism remains a priority and the premier is keen to improve and diversify what is available. “With pristine reefs and thousands of acres of wetlands, which are key attributes of Turks and Caicos, we intend to capitalise on ecotourism,” he says. “We will also be focusing on culture and heritage-based tourism, which we call experiential tourism.”

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Boosting organic farming in islands

Boosting organic farming in islands

 

There is a lot potential to develop organic farming in the OCTs to bring about more sustainable growth. It is good for the environment, promotes the stewardship of future generations of farmers over their land, it adds value to products, boosts the tourism industry and brings health benefits to society.

Many entities are involved in the organic farming value chain. Farmers, transport providers, local chefs, hotels, policy-makers, the media and the ICT industry all have roles to play.

A ‘farm-to-table’ programme set up by the Women in Business Development, a Samoa-based non-governmental organisation, has been at the centre of the movement towards organic agriculture in the Pacific island state and says other small island states can draw on its success.

Likewise, to develop eco-tourism and innovation in tourism-related culinary excellence, “from tree to plate,” in 2010, the European Union co-financed an innovative local culinary initiative for the H.L. Stott Community College Culinary School Center in Paraquita Bay, Tortola.

The Samoa model covers all fronts. It helps farmers achieve organic production and certification and acts as a conduit for sourcing markets for products. Around 60 per cent of organic farms on the Pacific island are now certified organic. It assists farmers with the delivery of organic produce baskets and in meeting consumer demand for high-end, socially conscious, environmentally-friendly products such as organic virgin coconut oil, coffee and dried bananas.

The programme understands the grading system necessary for consistent quality and quantity. It is building supply links between farmers and hoteliers and is using television to build public confidence in recipes based on locally-grown food prepared by local chefs. For tourists, it means a better experience of Samoan culture.

Organic certification opens up niche, international markets, bringing greater potential for income-generation. The way forward is for the whole nation to go organic in the next 10 years.

Regular evaluation of the farm-to-table programme are a vital part of the model. On a weekly basis, there should be assessments of the number of crops ordered, by which restaurants, problems encountered and how these were dealt with.

The next step is focusing on bringing more farmers on board, increasing delivery days and improving transport systems, such as a refrigerated truck for pick-ups. Another step is to explore greater such as mobile phone apps, including a farm bank app through which farmers can check their bank balance and their year-to-date earnings.

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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

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Green Economy & Certification

Government and business must streamline fast-growing sustainability certification schemes

Vienna, 28 September 2016 – Voluntary standard schemes (VSS) are like a low-hanging fruit that governments should use to move towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but they are not yet seizing this opportunity. The number of such schemes, is growing fast, but their number and complexity overwhelms some developing country exporters, for whom they can act as a barrier to market entry. Read more at UNEP

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Government commitment and the NGO

Government commitment and the NGO

 

Governments have a key role in and responsibility for development of demand side and business environment for the Green economy, sustainable growth and prosperous society.

However often overlooked, non-government organisations (NGOs) and non-profit organisation (NPOs) are important enterprises in the landscape for environmental and eco-innovation. Within the OCTs a large number of important people groups were identified as important government partners in creating environmental concern, and for championing recycling and garbage repurposing drives, household gardening, environmental management and tourism, that is, a plethora of activities which improve countries’ sustainability outlook. As enterprises themselves, they often need guidance of a specific kind, usually in strategic planning, project and proposal development for accessing funds and even in developing for profit activities to support periodic shortfalls in government subventions.

Sustainability development for innovation supportive NGOs/NPOs will be an important part the way forward for OCTs. There will be a special focus upon their relationship with the Government.

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