Islands of innovation
Phase 1: 2017 – 2019:
Interregional learning and preparation of action plan of 36 months
Phase 2: 2020 – 2021:
Monitoring of business plan in 24 months
Partner: Interreg Europe
Project manager: Michael Kristensen
Purpose and description:
European island regions face several challenges: loss of population, isolation, vulnerable environments and limited economic activity, which is often small scale and focuses on few economic sectors, such as agriculture and tourism, due to the island regions’ territorial characeristics. One of the largest threats islands face, is the loss of popolation due to limited work opportunities, especially the young people and talent. However, the islands have their advantages compared to mainland: they had to be more selfreliant, with stronger community involvement and isolation situation that can trigger innovations and provide a distinct, resourseful environment for experimental implementation of innovations.
Therefore, insular regions in this project want to address the opportunities of diversification of their economies by improving their innovation policies. Our project focus is to investigate and improve public policy measures in order to turn the islands into innovation “testbeds”: islands as innovationpromoting, experimental “probing and learning” environment which can keep and atrract young, innovative and entrepreunal people and activity to the islands.
This will be done through policy improvement, learning sessions, action plan development, good practice identification and sharing and active work on the islands with involvement of regional stakeholder groups. The project will collect and disseminate the knowledge gained in good practice directory and innovation guide for island regions. The project partnership comprises geographical islands or island regions/archipellagoes from the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Estonia, France and Greece.
Interreg Europe – share solutions for succes helps regional and local governments across Europe to develop and deliver better policy. By creating an environment and opportunities for sharing solutions, we aim to ensure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impact for people and places.