Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

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With a population of 110,000 Aruba is an island in the Caribbean sea. Aruba’s only economic pillar is tourism, which makes the island extremely vulnerable. Aruba shares the same issues with many other sister islands: lack of expertise and knowledge, small population, small island with limited natural resources. However, the island is very rich in service, hospitality and creativity. There is only so much an island can do alone. It needs partnerships with other islands to strengthen, to learn, to share and to benefit.

Aruba joined Global Island Partnership as its main mission matches Aruba’s plan for sustainability. Aruba is incorporating the SDGs into its policy plans in order to develop a sustainable economy and a sustainable lifestyle for its population. Aruba is also finding ways in which it can protect and conserve its marine life. In order to accomplish these goals, Aruba is in need of support, knowledge and expertise. The GLISPA membership will provide Aruba with a network of support, collaboration and a source of commitment in achieving its goals. Being a member of GLISPA allows Aruba to collaborate with other islands facing similar issues and to find strategies and solutions together.

Aruba has reached the point when it is no longer sustainable to keep on building large hotels and destroying its nature and natural resources. It urgently needs to revamp itself and diversify its economy. Aruba is looking into partnerships to work on a new blue economy plan. This plan includes a bio marine park, a new waste management company, a reduction of carbon emissions with 50% by 2020 and the protection of its corals and reefs. Aruba is also looking into new technology projects, modernizing its educational system, including STEM in its curriculum and seeking opportunities in health tourism and education tourism. Aruba’s goal is to seek opportunities, to learn what other islands are doing in these areas and to use the best practices to the island’s advantage.

Aruba’s membership representative is The Hon. Joselin S. Croes, Minister Plenipotentiary for Aruba

Association for Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA)

1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

Climate change is one of the main themes being discussed at international level and impacting on EU policies and/or Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) development strategy. GLISPA provides a valuable opportunity for OCTs to highlight and share their position with natural partners in global forums. The strategic objective of the OCTA for the period 2015-2020 is to better voice OCTs’ interests/perspectives on the global scene. To this aim, with respect to the principle of subsidiarity, OCTA promotes partnerships with the EU, with the OCTs’ Member States, and with territories or organizations sharing specificities with the OCTs including the SIDS, which are mostly ACP countries, and with which the OCTs have already developed a close relationship.

2. What is the main goal you want to advance through the Global Island Partnership?

Establishing sustainable partnerships is crucial for facilitating OCTs development and regional integration. Partnerships increase leverage and multiply impact. There are three goals that OCTA wants to advance through GLISPA:

  • First, GLISPA provides the OCTs the opportunity to participate in larger forums and make their voice heard: the adoption of joint positions between OCTA and some partners which are recognized at international level strongly increases OCTAs’ visibility, their impact and capacity to influence policy formulation.
  • Second, GLISPA can assist with the identification of new opportunities, including financial resources which can be mobilized to address OCTs development issues.
  • Third, GLISPA can facilitate the implementation of projects beneficial to the territories, but which could not be implemented without third partners. 
OCTA membership representatives are François Bockel, head of the Office of Regional cooperation and external relations, and Anne-Claire Goarant Senior advisor for multilateral cooperation and regional organisation.

Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. The Atlantic Council—through the papers it publishes, the ideas it generates, the future leaders it develops, and the communities it builds—shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more free, secure, and prosperous world.

Driven by their mission of “shaping the global future together,” the Atlantic Council is a nonpartisan organization that galvanizes US leadership and engagement in the world, in partnership with allies and partners, to shape solutions to global challenges. 

Atlantic Council's membership representative is Andrea Snyder, Program Assistant, Adrienne Arsht - Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center,

Bahamas National Trust

Bahamas National Trust is a non-profit organisation in The Bahamas that manages the country’s national parks and currently protects over 2 million acres of biodiversity. No stranger to GLISPA, they join to support our combined efforts and to help strengthen this island partnership. “We want to share our successes in the Bahamas with National Parks and Protected Area Management, and Environmental Awareness and Advocacy with other Island Nations. We also want to use the network to help inform our work and actions and be a powerful advocate for GLISPA in the Caribbean.

Bahama National Trust membership representatives are Eric Carey Executive Director and Shelley Cant-Woodside Director of Science and Policy.

British Virgin Islands

1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

The Virgin Islands stands as a proud member of GLISPA to share our experiences with our partners in preserving our environment, which includes biodiversity and climate change adaptation. Moreover, the Virgin Islands is interested in also learning from the experience of others.  In doing so, we can create a meaningful and sustainable partnership to promote best practices in island conservation and conservation in general at an international level for the sustainability of the planet. The Caribbean Challenge Initiative and the Summit of Political and Business Leaders held on Necker Island in 2013 provided the impetus to identify opportunities for collaboration in the augmentation of Protected Areas, whilst fostering the catalyst to enhance sustainable financing mechanisms. Moreover, as a Small Island nation at the frontline of the impacts of climate change we lend our voice to those who advocate for concrete actions to adapt and mitigate against its most severe impacts. We recognise and fully appreciate that inactivity and the lack of a concerted and sustained response to a changing climate is not a tenable position in light of the devastating impacts that climate related hazards may have on Small Island States’ communities and its economies. The Virgin Islands recognises the tremendous value that GLISPA provides as a forum to learn from other Island States’ experiences and partner to promote best practices in island conservation towards the sustainability of the planet. The Territory has gained tremendously from the engagement with members of the International Community concerned with the health and well-being of the planet and value the space created by GLISPA to lend our voice to the dialogue related to the place and the future of SIDS at various international forums.

2. What is the main goal you want to advance through the Global Island Partnership?

The Territory has gained from the experience of engaging with a broader community of small island states that are concerned with the health and well-being of the planet.  In particular, the Virgin Islands has lent its voice to the dialogue as to the place and the future of SIDS through the SIDS meeting in Samoa, the Paris Agreement forged at the UNFCCC COP and the World Conservation Congress, amongst other fora.   The Caribbean Challenge Initiative and its Summit of Political and Business Leaders held in Necker Island has provided the impetus to identify opportunities for collaboration in the establishment of Protected Areas, whilst creating sustainable financing mechanisms.  The Virgin Islands has a continued interest in advocating on behalf of SIDS and to lend its voice of support to global initiatives that will assist countries to improve biodiversity conservation and provision of ecosystem services and adapt to climate change.

British Virgin Island membership representative is Dinelle Henley.

Conservation International

Since 1987 Conservation International has been fighting to protect nature for people. 

Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership, and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.

The vision of CI is a healthy and prosperous world in which societies are forever committed to caring for and valuing nature, for the long term benefit of people and all life on Earth. CI is focusing on a wide range of topics related to ecosystems, biodiversity and human well-being, all around the world.

Conservation International works to spotlight and secure the critical benefits that nature provides to humanity. They have helped to protect more than 6 million square kilometers (2.3 million square miles) of land and sea across more than 70 countries. Currently, with offices in 29 countries and 2,000 partners worldwide, their reach is truly global.

Conservation International sought to engage, support and partner with GLISPA due to shared objectives. The primary goal of Conservation International is to advance models of resilient islands and tangible ways to further ocean-based solutions to equitable, sustainable development for both people and places.

Conservation International membership representative is Aulani Wilhelm, SVP, Oceans.

Coral Vita

Coral Vita grows corals to restore dying reefs.

Coral reefs sustain one billion people and 25% of marine life while conservatively generating $30 billion annually through tourism, fisheries, and coastal protection, but we've already lost half the world's reefs, and more than 90% are projected to die by 2050.

Using breakthrough methods to grow corals up to 50x faster while strengthening their resiliency to climate change, Coral Vita leverages a mission-driven commercial model to sustain the large-scale restoration projects needed to counter global reef degradation. As we grow corals for restoration, our farms simultaneously serve as education centers for local communities and tourism attractions for the region. There are nearly 100 countries and territories with coral reefs around the world, and we plan to work with local communities, NGOs, businesses, scientists, governments, and stakeholders to help protect them everywhere.

GLISPA has been an incredible partner for us in our shared effort to help build resilient island and ecosystems. As Coral Vita transitions from becoming a Friend of GLISPA to an Affiliate Member, we're excited to work with The Partnership as we deploy a global network of land-based coral farms to preserve coral reefs for future generations. 

Coral Vita’s membership representatives are Sam Teicher and Gator Halpern, Founders.

Earth Advertising

Earth Advertising is an interdisciplinary media company focused on creating a global communications platform upon which environmental sustainability can grow and prosper. They promote the growth of products, services and ideas that are genuinely committed to a healthier planet.

Earth Advertising has joined GLISPA to be a resource for sea level protection, clean energy and waste management, and global fish watch to combat IUU.

Earth Advertising's membership is represented by Martha Shaw, founder and CEO,, @earthadv

Martha Shaw, founder and CEO, holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Coastal Processes, with a focus on sediment processes in the intertidal zone. She has held the position of Geologist for the Center of Coastal Studies at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, and as a scientific journalist for CBS, CSRwire, Mission Blue, BLUE Ocean Film Festival, EcoWatch, New York Times and other publications, and has held United Nation media credentials to report on the topic of deep sea protection, marine sanctuaries, IUU fishing, artificial reefs, sea level change, the effects of industrialization, and the daunting topic of capturing trash before it enters the sea. Her business Earth Advertising promotes ocean-friendly businesses and organizations. She is the author of several works of fiction including Hook, Line and Sinker, in which the protagonist is studying the disappearance of Pacific Bluefin Tuna.

Friends of Puerto Rico

Friends of Puerto Rico is a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, “with the focus of driving economic success through innovation and the allocation of investment to support entrepreneurship.” "They are committed to becoming a vehicle of prosperity by providing the needed support for education and entrepreneurship programs that can create real opportunities for the future generations of the island."

Why are you interested in joining the Global Island Partnership?

Friends of Puerto Rico has joined GLISPA as a member to be a part of a global network of experts in order to advance the island's economic growth post hurricane Maria and Irma. Given our unique situation with our status quo and relationship with the United States they need to work with strong partners such as GLISPA in order to succeed and bring growth collectively to our islands.

What is the main goal you want to advance through GLISPA?

Our main goal to advance through GLISPA is to work together, and truly have more allies and friends that will bring sustainable solutions to our islands and Puerto Rico. We also want to cross collaborate and share our expertise and network of supporters with GLISPA.

Friends of Puerto Rico’s membership representative is Angelique Sina, Co-Founder and President., @friendsofpr.

GEF Small Grants Programme Implemented by UNDP

The GEF Small Grants Programme was established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, and embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally". By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.

SGP recognizes that environmental degradation such as the increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, the destruction of ecosystems and the species that depend upon them, the pollution of international waters, land degradation, and the spread of persistent organic pollutants are life-threatening challenges that endanger us all. However, poor and vulnerable communities which are SGP's primary stakeholders are most at risk because of their dependence on access to natural resources for their livelihoods.

Grants up to $50,000 directly are provided in this programme to local communities and indigenous people, community-based organisations and other non-governmental groups for projects that engage in issues of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Biodiversity, Land Degradation and Sustainable Forest Management, International Waters and Chemicals.


Global Environment Facility

Since 1992 when the Global Environment Facility (GEF) was first established during the Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems, it has supported over 5,000 projects in 170 countries. GEF has provided more than $21.1 billion in grants and $114 billion in co-financing. Specifically, with the GEF Small Grants Programme, more than 25,000 civil society and community initiatives in 133 countries were supported.

The GEF recently agreed to three major strategies: 

Firstly to focus is to catalyze transformational change in key systems that are driving major environmental loss, in particular energy, cities and food;

Secondly to prioritizing integrated projects and programs that address more than one global environmental problem at a time, building on the GEF's unique position and mandate to act on a wide range of global environmental issues; and

Thirdly to implement new strategies and policies to enhance results, including stronger engagement with the private sector, indigenous peoples, and civil society, and an increased focus on gender equality.


Green Cross France & Territories

Green Cross France & Territories is part of a global independent non-profit and non-governmental environmental organisation (NGO) working to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through a combination of advocacy and local projects. They have joined to experience-sharing in moving from vulnerability to resilience.  They have contributed to the joint movement empowered as part of CoP23 to have islands and seashores at the forefront of a humanist and environmental dynamics to mitigate and adapt to climate tangible with tangible locally-driven solutions supported by experience sharing. Green Cross France & Territories is represented by Nicolas Imbert, Executive Director., 

Hawai’i Green Growth

Hawai‘i Green Growth (HGG) is a United Nations Local2030 hub that brings together diverse stakeholders committed to economic, social and environmental priorities. The HGG seeks to build a connection between the valuable generations of indigenous knowledge with modern science, technology, and policy through systems thinking to support solutions that are globally applicable.
As a Local2030 sustainability hub, Hawai‘i Green Growth public-private partners are collaborating to advance:
  • Hawai‘i’s statewide Aloha+ Challenge sustainability and climate goals
  • Open-data impact Dashboard with agreed indicators
  • Joint policy priorities, innovative financing, and resilient infrastructure solutions
  • Educational pathways for the next generation of leaders
  • Scalable island models to achieve the UN SDGs and Paris Agreement

In the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Honolulu HGG was created to identify green growth priorities and advance a green economy within an island context. In November 2018, HGG was invited by the UN to become one of the world’s first Local2030 sustainability hubs – and the first Island and Pacific hub. This recognizes the collective achievements of the HGG public-private partnership through the Aloha+ Challenge, a local framework to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). is “the definitive directory of infrastructure suppliers dedicated to enabling, sustaining, and enhancing living conditions in the caribbean.”

Why are you interested in joining the Global Island Partnership?

We are developing a directory for suppliers to Caribbean infrastructure and there may be an opportunity to broaden the scope internationally - We would like to discover if there is a need. We also have experience managing events and raising capitol and can assist in these endeavors.

What is the main goal you want to advance through GLISPA?

After the 2017 Hurricane season, building back a sustainable and climate resilient Caribbean is at the top of the agenda for Governments. There is an upheaval in their approach in getting this done. Our main goal is to fully understand the needs of Island States so we can help ensure easy access to providers of services and commodities - a resource that does not exist currently in the Caribbean. We'd like to expand this initiative if the need exists across a wider geography.

Technology today is state of the art and Caribbean Government, Utility and Regional Development partners have called for a resource that bridges the gap between them and the private sector. Not only is there a need for quick access to suppliers who can assist in disaster situations, but most islands are full of aging infrastructure; the directory provides access to private sector companies that can help with long term sustainable rehabilitation and development projects. is represented by Lauren Thomas, President.,

International Union for Conservation of Nature

1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

IUCN is a board member of GLISPA as it hosts the network, fiscally and institutionally. Through this engagement, IUCN is ensuring that the hosting arrangement represents the interests of both parties as well as actively seeks collaborative opportunities in moving forward aligned ambitions for island biodiversity conservation.

Island Conservation

For such a small overall land area, islands support a disproportionate amount of the world’s threatened species. Threats are many, but introduced, invasive alien species (IAS) are the leading cause of species extinctions on islands. Yet, there is hope. IAS can be removed, triggering cascading benefits for native flora and fauna, people in island communities, and even near-shore marine ecosystems and coral reefs.

Island Conservation’s mission is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. Through collaborations with GLISPA, we aim to take actions to increase the scope, scale, and pace of island invasives eradications, catalyze innovations in the field, and demonstrate how the removal of invasive species from islands contributes to achieving Aichi Biodiversity targets and to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals. Island Conservation is represented by Gregg Howald, North American Regional Director,, Facebook.


1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

Immediate interests might not be projected by Italy on the islands community at large, but we believe that a partnership of goals springing out of diversity is the way forward for a peaceful future for mankind as a whole. In this light, joining GLISPA as a path-finding experience came natural. All the more because Italy has been historically promoting partnerships as a primary dimension of its foreign policy: partnership has proven the way to build a peaceful and cooperative European continent and the idea itself of a European Union was born in Italy in the 19th century, just as much as partnerships represent the most promising potential for the Mediterranean region.

2. What is the main goal you want to advance through the Global Island Partnership?

Partnership in our understanding is about “leaving no one behind”, as the 2030 Agenda now implies. In tackling the emerging environmental challenges, we are focusing on building leagues of common interests and shared solutions with some communities where fragile ecosystems overlap fragile societies: islands, but also mountains, forests and drylands, with each one of these making up part of the Italian territory. These ecosystems are the first victims but lowest contributors to climate change and other environmental degradation dynamics: if our engagement did not go first towards those, our action in areas where indeed there is a tangible interest would lose part of its spirit and legitimacy. We are proud to be founding members of GLISPA!

James Michel Foundation

James Michel Foundation was founded in 2017 by the former president of Seychelles (and one of the founders of GLISPA) and is “guided by a commitment to promote the Blue Economy concept, both in its national and international aspect, to sensitize people about climate change and its impacts on Seychelles and the world, to promote environmental protection and sustainable development and defend and promote the cause of SIDS.” JMF is represented by Antoine Onezime.

Micronesia Conservation Trust

1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

The Micronesia Conservation Trust provides support/services in island countries/jurisdictions. Island issues are a central part of what we do. We feel islands are the most vulnerable to the impacts of environmental degradation and climate change. Island solutions can serve as good models and catalysts for similar initiatives in larger countries. We strongly believe if islands can survive and thrive, so can the rest of the planet.

2. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

MCT’s main focus is to secure sustainable financing around particular conservation initiatives in our region. We work with our government and non-state actor partners to put in place sustainable financing mechanisms, ranging from small community based revolving funds, to national and regional level endowments/long-term sinking funds. If we can get sustainability around many of our efforts, we should start seeing consistent results.

New Caledonia

New Caledonia is an active member of OCTA and has been involved in numerous events, thanks to GLISPA. The Partnership has allowed New Caledonia to be more visible. New Caledonia wants to contribute to GLISPA actions and benefit from GLISPA actions and networks. “As hotspot for biodiversity, New Caledonia really needs to build resilient and sustainable island communities.” Current bright spots include UNESCO site, Coral Sea Nature Park among others. New Caledonia is looking forward to sharing experiences and learning how to deal with threats we face (mining, fires, pollution...). As New Caledonia has a specific status, they can share with other territories ways to access dedicated funds for territories. New Caledonia’s membership representative is Anna-Claire Goarant, Senior Advisor for Multilateral Cooperation and Regional Organisation.

Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea

Okeanos - Foundation for the Sea’s mission is to support island people as they use their own traditional vessels (vakas) and native energy sources of sun, coconut oil and wind, to meet their countries' needs for sustainable sea transportation. Okeanos is committed to helping the people of Pacific islands become economically resilient, while preserving their cultural practice and knowledge, by providing traditionally designed sustainable sea transportation through BOT partnerships (Build, Operate, Transfer) including training local capacity of sailors, boat builders and business operators. Okeanos has joined GLISPA to collaborate and partner with like minded organizations committed to building sustainable island communities. Okeanos believes that coordinating the efforts of regional, national, private and nonprofit organizations all striving to protect the health of the Pacific and its peoples is our best chance to preserve the complex fabric of life within our world’s largest ecosystem.


PACIFICO Foundation

PACIFICO Foundation is a coordination platform made up of four environmental funds, whose purpose is to seek financial sustainability for actions in the Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP). The national funds that make up the PACIFICO Platform are the Action Fund and Natural Heritage Fund (Colombia), Natura Foundation (Panama) and Forever Costa Rica Association (Costa Rica). In 2015, PACIFICO developed a Conservation Plan that identifies the investment needs to conserve coastal-marine resources and guides funding actions to achieve an impact in the region.

Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

A focus of their efforts are 5 key islands in the Pacific Ocean of Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama with 4 of them already designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Galapagos, Cocos, Malpelo and Coiba). PACIFICO have joined GLISPA to work with others to scale up and promote stronger initiatives to foster sustainable development and conservation actions that benefit people, islands and marine ecosystems as well as to influence policy makers at the international and national levels.

PACIFICO Foundation membership representative is Carlos Chacon, Coordinator.

Polynesian Voyaging Society

The Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) was founded on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration. PVS seeks to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, each other, and their natural and cultural environments.

Launched in 2013, the historic Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage covered more than 60,000 nautical miles, more than 150 ports, 23 countries and territories, and eight of UNESCO’S Marine World Heritage sites to engage local communities and practicing how to live sustainably. During the voyage, over 245 participating crew members, including more than 200 formal and informal educators helped to sail the vessel and connect with more than 100,000 people throughout the world in communities.
GLISPA has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Hawaii Green Growth focused on uplifting island solutions during the Mahalo, Hawaii Sail and future voyages, using the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Hawai‘i’s Aloha+ Challenge as a shared platform for action, communication and impact.

PVS' membership representative is Sonja Swenson Rogers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The mission of Rare is to inspire change so people and nature can thrive. Rare is a leading behavior change organization in the conservation world. For over 45 years and within 60 countries, Rare is motivating individuals, their communities, and their local leaders to adopt behaviors that benefit both people and nature.

Rare uses a people-centered approach by investing in people and nature as a solution to enable conservation and overcome development challenges. This approach is rooted in behavioral and social science and design thinking, makes environment- and climate-friendly behaviors easier to adopt, and the impact longer lasting.

Other programs of rare are ‘Revitalizing Coastal Communities,’ ‘Empowering Farmers,’ and ‘Inspiring Individual Climate Action.’

Membership representative of rare is Ariane Steins-Meier, Director.

Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity

1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

As a founding and Executive Board member, the Secretariat of the CBD understands that GLISPA is a very effective multi-stakeholder cooperation platform to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Programme of Work on Island Biodiversity and related programmes, targets and decisions, as well as all other initiatives such as the UN’s SAMOA Pathway, ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change and the relations between the SDGs and the 2011-2020 Strategic Plan on Biodiversity.

2. What is the main goal you want to advance through the Global Island Partnership?

Convention on Biological Diversity joined GLISPA for the following reasons: the cooperation between national governments (Parties to the CBD) of island countries and countries with islands, and their international and NGO partners, to progress on the implementation of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, also through multilateral “challenges” (Micronesia, Caribbean, Western Indian Ocean, BEST Challenge for islands of the European Union), capacity building and technical and scientific cooperation. GLISPA is also a resource mobilization channel and a planning and strategy “soundboard” for future projects and programmes.


Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is the regional organisation established by the Governments and Administrations of the Pacific charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources of the Pacific.

SPREP’s mandate is to promote cooperation in the Pacific region and provide assistance in order to protect and improve its environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations

1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

SPREP has increased it's participation with GLISPA from Friend to Member status to increase partnerships and innovative ideas.

2. What is the main goal you want to advance through the Global Island Partnership?

SPREP is leading the organising of The 10th Pacific Islands Nature Conference, to be hosted by New Caledonia from 20 April 2020. This event provides an exciting and powerful opportunity for the Pacific, and SIDS, stakeholders to gather and generate messages and outputs to steer conservation beyond 2020. These outputs and messages will then be carried and inputted into the suite of events that follow in what will be a big busy year with the conclusion of the global biodiversity strategy and the associated Aichi Targets.

SPREP's membership representative is Amanda Wheatley, Biodiversity Adviser.

The Centre of Excellence for the Sustainable Development of SIDS

The Center of Excellence was launched in 2015 by the Government of Aruba in collaboration with UNDP and support of the Netherlands to strengthen innovation and resilience in SIDS by sharing Sustainable Development Goal-focussed best practices and lessons learned and to support SIDS in their road maps for Sustainable Development.

1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

Arno Boersma, Center of Excellence Manager, has shared that they are interested to join GLISPA as “The missions are very similar in their aim to support islands in their sustainable development. The COE is interested in partnering with GLISPA to leverage GLISPA's knowledge through our various channels (online platform, webinars, newsletter, etc.) as well as raise awareness around COE's activities among GLISPA's vast network of island stakeholders. We look forward to working with GLISPA in jointly serving SIDS policymakers."

2. What is the main goal you want to advance through the Global Island Partnership?

"The main goals we would like to advance through GLISPA is to better support SIDS' policy makers in topics related to sustainable development, such as sustainable tourism, renewable energy and waste management through liaising with the GLISPA network; enriching best practices with GLISPA knowledge, while at the same time raising the profile of the COE as we are a relatively new initiative of the UNDP and the Government of Aruba.”

The Nature Conservancy

1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

The Nature Conservancy joined GLISPA when it was launched, in 2006, and it has supported its vision ever since. What drew TNC to the Partnership was its focus on all islands and the flexible nature of its membership, which encourages countries, international institutions and civil society organizations to take the lead, engage on and collaborate dynamically around issues that are of interest to them.

2. What is the main goal you want to advance through the Global Island Partnership?

Several global, regional and country programs within The Nature Conservancy engage directly with GLISPA around geographical initiatives – such as the Micronesia Challenge or the Caribbean Challenge Initiatives – or thematic efforts – such as the effort to mainstream ecosystem-based adaptation or develop innovative financial solutions such as foreign debt conversions for adaptation purposes. The Partnership allows The Nature Conservancy to advance conservation priorities more efficiently by connecting with a variety of partners.

Tofia Niue - Niue Ocean Wide Project

Tofia Niue is a local non-profit who is working with the Government of Niue in the Niue Ocean Wide (NOW) project to conserve and sustainably manage Niue’s waters.

In 2015, Niue launched the NOW project, aiming to improve livelihoods of Niueans through the conservation and sustainable use of the entire 316,584 km2 exclusive economic zone (EEZ). By creating tightly-managed resource use zones and a world-class marine reserve, Niue’s global profile as a pristine eco-tourism destination will rise, as will its contribution to global marine conservation.

Why are you interested in joining the Global Island Partnership?

Tofia Niue has joined GLISPA to showcase and promote Niue to the world as a unique pristine eco-tourism destination, with demonstrated leadership in holistic sustainable development, management, and conservation of its pristine ocean space and associated resources. Recognizing the true value of our ocean and its resources and translating this into sustainable benefits to the environment and people of Niue.

What is the main goal you want to advance through GLISPA?

Tofia Niue is keen to join the Global Island Partnership in order to access the knowledge, experience and expertise that exists within the network of partners, and to promote the work the Niue Ocean Wide (NOW) project is undertaking and showcase Niue as a unique destination with pristine ocean and marine environment.

Tofia Niue is represented by Brendon Pasisi, Project Manager - Niue Ocean Wide Project. NOW Introduction VideoFacebook - Niue Ocean Wide

University of Guam

Sustainability ensures that the needs of the current generation are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability was established in 2009 to lead and support the transition of our island region toward a sustainable future. CIS has since become a focal institute in our region for conducting sustainability- related research and community outreach, in cooperation and coordination with other appropriate government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and community groups to help meet island needs in the broader areas of environment, economy, society, and education.

CIS provides expertise and serves as an honest broker of information on an array of sustainability issues for Guam and Micronesia. The center’s team develops watershed restoration technologies; surveys island biodiversity; conducts coral reef educational outreach; provides energy audits for small businesses; coordinates recycling efforts; and builds local capacity in the marine and environmental sciences, among other projects. CIS encourages action on sustainability to decrease reliance on imports, improve energy independence, and increase food security, in order to reduce the export of money and build a thriving local economy that is more resilient to disasters and global changes.

We are interested in:
1) Advancing local and regional sustainability initiatives
2) Building global partnerships in sustainability and island wisdom

We would like GLISPA’s assistance in advancing Local2030 Islands Network activities to advance UN SDGs. We would also like to leverage access to the GLISPA network and connections to advance our institution’s leadership in island wisdom and sustainability.

University of Guam is represented by Dr. Austin J. Shelton, Director, University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability:

Waitt Foundation

Given the rapid decline of marine resources, the mission of the Waitt Foundation is to protect and restore ocean health. The Foundation funds initiatives globally with a focus on marine protected areas and sustainable fishing policy and practice. We provide grants, technical assistance, strategic advice, and support innovative ocean science. For maximum impact, we partner with unique coalitions of governments, funders, NGO, academics, and businesses.

Waitt Foundation is represented by Jacob James, Managing Director.

Waitt Institute

The Waitt Institute endeavors to ensure ecologically, economically, and culturally sustainable use of ocean resources. The Institute partners with governments committed to developing and implementing comprehensive, science-based, community-driven solutions for sustainable ocean management. Our goal is to benefit coastal communities while restoring fish populations and habitats. Our approach is to engage stakeholders, provide the tools needed to design locally appropriate policies, facilitate the policymaking process, and build capacity for effective implementation and long-term success.

The Waitt Institue is represented by Jacob James, Managing Director.

Wildlife Conservation Society

The world depends on a healthy ocean for its own future. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) protects marine wildlife and habitats in 25 countries, through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature, whether it be resilient coral reefs, healthy mangrove forests or sustainable fisheries. Many of WCS’s efforts in these countries involve close collaborations with important partners who are vital to achieving conservation success.

The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) is one such partner. WCS recognizes the unique talent of GLISPA as a convening body to advance high level policy objectives relevant to island states. WCS sees opportunities to collaborate with GLISPA and GLISPA partners to showcase outstanding efforts of island states to protect biodiversity while simultaneously achieving sustainable development goals and climate change adaptation targets. As a new GLISPA member, WCS looks forward to working with other members and partners to advocate for island voices to achieve shared objectives on behalf of a healthy ocean.

WCS is represented by Jason Patlis.