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Strategic Cooperation of European Islands

Islands from all over Europe (Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Scotland, Spain (Canary islands), Portugal (Madeira), Malta, Cyprus, Ionian and Aegean Sea including Crete, share experiences under the coordination of the Network of Sustainable Aegean Islands with the aim to improve multilevel cooperation (local, regional, national) and support the implementation of sustainable energy projects of local importance that derive from their sustainable energy plans.

The role of good multilevel cooperation is identified as one of the key points for consistent (between different levels of administration) and eventually effective sustainable energy planning at local level. Especially, when it comes to island communities this role proves to be crucial for the balanced development of the island, the resources management and the economic growth.

For the support of this process, clusters of European islands will be set up in the largest part of the European insular regions. The formation of clusters of islands and the exchange of knowledge at local and regional level, the identification of Strategic Guidelines for overcoming existing barriers through the assistance of advanced islands, as well as the process of learning from the experience of models areas (“learning from the experts”) will be the guide for the exploration of this path.

For more information, you may read the relevant note and visit the website www.sustainableislands.eu