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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Need for a funding mechanism for overseas islands

There is a need for a stronger recognition of Europe’s overseas entities challenges in EU policies, as well as for the setting up of targeted funding mechanism(s) to support overseas islands, an event hosted by the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development on June 10th heard.
The islands across the globe have a double statute as centres of eco-inovation, but also as states requiring much support to deal with the numerous pressures on their marine and coastal environments, key note speaker Ronny Jumeau – Chair of the Global Island Partnership Steering Committee and ambassador of the Seychelles to the UN – highlighted on the occasion.
Moreover, both the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Global Island Partnership emphasized the key sustainable development challenges faced by Europe’s overseas entities, as well the potential of islands across the globe to help achieve both EU and international environmental targets.

The call for improved support for Europe overseas comes just as the European Commission has launched its third and final call for tender for the BEST preparatory action to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services in EU outermost regions and overseas countries and territories. The contract views the setting up of a platform that shall facilitate information-sharing on funding availability from different sources (European Commission but also from international financial institutions to NGOs to businesses) for projects aimed at the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services in EU outermost regions and overseas countries and territories.

Source: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)