The European Small Islands Federation (ESIN) has chosen Orkney as the venue for its annual General Assembly. The annual gathering was organized jointly with Orkney International Science Festival and took place between 11 and 13 September.
Approximately 30 delegates from island authorities, networks and organizations were represented, from countries including France, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Greece and of course Scotland. Representatives discussed the challenges facing islands as much as their potential to transform into smart and sustainable territories, by tapping their RES potential, adopting sustainable tourism models and shifting to low-carbon transport.
DAFNI Network was represented by its Director Kostas Komninos. Mr Komninos presented the Smart Islands Initiative, coordinated by DAFNI Network, and showcased innovative pilot projects currently implemented on Greek islands, such as WiseGrid, which includes Kythnos as demo site.
Brendan Devlin, Special Advisor to Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy at the European Commission, was also there to present the Political Declaration to launch the "Clean Energy for EU islands" Initiative, signed in Malta between the European Commission and 14 member states. The Initiative paves the way for the establishment of a stable, long-term framework, enabling the financing of innovative projects on islands through the leveraging of EU and private funds and also the provision of technical support.