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The conference will be structured around three major topics:

  • Integrated Management of islands: islands are by definition ideal laboratories for conceptualizing, planning and implementing integrated approaches. Here, environmental, economic and social aspects of management and policies will be explored. Indicative themes include:

   Environmental management of islands
   Biodiversity
   Protected areas and islands
   Islands as socio-ecological systems: resilience and vulnerability
   Climate change and islands

  • Island Identity - Niss(i)ology and Utopia: the experience of islands and on islands is interwoven with culture, production, nature, landscape and history. Here, identity issues, but also branding opportunities and strategies will be discussed in order to cope with island culture and specificities to generate national, regional or international competitiveness. At the same time, islands have always been associated with “utopias” and “dystopias”. Indicative themes include:

   Island branding
   Island identities: “tradition” and “globalization”
   Islands as utopias
   “Islomania” and “islophobia”
   Reading, writing and islands: representations of islands in art and culture

  • Attractiveness and Accessibility of islands: focusing on overcoming or facing isolation, while discussing what makes islands more or less attractive as places for living or working on. Here, the discussion will focus on how to create an “alternative” attractiveness compared to that of “core areas”, based on the ‘quality of island life’. Indicative themes include:

   Living on islands: economy and quality of life
   Accessibility of islands
   Archipelagoes and islands
   Tourism and Islands