Promoting action for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods by inspiring leadership, catalyzing commitments and facilitating collaboration among all islands.
A Global Opportunity
The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) assists islands in addressing one of the world’s greatest challenges — to conserve and sustainably utilize invaluable island natural resources that support people, cultures and livelihoods in their island homes around the world.
It is a partnership for all islands, regardless of size or political status, to take bold steps towards greater sustainability. It provides a global platform that enables islands to work together to develop solutions to common problems and to take high-level commitments and actions that address these global challenges.
Importance of Islands
Earth’s 175,000 islands are home to more than 600 million inhabitants
Islands and their oceans represent one sixth of Earth’s total area
Islands support many of the most unique and isolated natural systems including: more than half the world’s marine biodiversity
more than half the world’s marine biodiversity
7 of the world’s 10 coral reef hotspots and
10 of the 34 richest areas of biodiversity in the world
64% of recorded extinctions are on islands
Over two thirds of the world’s countries include islands
Call for Island Leadership
At the Mauritius International Meeting in January 2005 , former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan made an urgent call for high-level political commitment to the global challenge on islands. Inspired, President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. of Palau and President James A. Michel of Seychelles called for greater collaboration through an international partnership for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods.