Smart islands/Smart villages

There is a strong synergy between the Smart Islands initiative and the Smart Villages concept. Through concrete examples from the islands of Europe, this workshop will explore some of the 10 key steps for action towards becoming smart, inclusive and thriving islands and villages. In particular we will look at the move away from fossil fuels, sustainable transport, turning waste into resources, the digital economy, strengthening stakeholder participation and community-led tourism.

Leader / Speaker

Camille Dressler is the chair of the European Small Islands Federation (ESIN) which brings together 11 small islands federations throughout Europe. Since 2012, she has been involved in island energy issues through the European transnational Smart Island Governance (SMILEGOV) project which has led to the Smart Islands Declaration in the European parliament in 2016. With her island colleagues, she is involved in the implementation of the islands’ transition from fossil fuel through the Clean Energy EU islands programme. She lives on the isle of Eigg, a small Scottish off-grid island which has pioneered its own renewable energy grid and an award winning programme of fossil fuel reduction.

Leader / Speaker

John Walsh, Project coordinator at Bere island Project group, County Cork, Ireland, is also Vice chair of ESIN , the European Small Islands Federation. He has started the Bere parkour group, is very active in the field of energy, entrepreneurship and Irish Heritage and sits on the board of  the Irish Island Federation, Comhdhail Oileain na hEireann.