You will find on this page the commitments’ taken by ICO’s partners, and information on how they are being implemented.

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This project aims to develop a strategy for the elimination of plastic, in agreement with all the island’s stakeholders, based on the use of an innovative and low-tech pyrolysis solution.

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This project aims to strengthen the knowledge and skills of local stakeholders in island life in order to promote a concerted and more autonomous management of small islands in the face of the impacts of climate change and the challenges of biodiversity preservation.

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This project aims to support the local management of green waste in Porquerolles, the preservation of agro-biodiversity and landscapes in Sifnos, the emergence of a Marine Protected Area and education programmes in the Pakleni Islands, and the preservation of the aeolian wall lizard in Lipari.

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The Friuli archipelago has joined the SMILO network, and is committed to working on the issues of preserving biodiversity, landscapes, sustainable management of water, energy and waste.

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Different companies have joined SMILO through different forms of partnerships, involving financial support or joint activities.


7 actors involved in the preservation of islands in the Mediterranean have joined forces to work together for the protection of islands and their biodiversity, through a collective action strategy on a basin scale.

  • Drafting of the strategy and action plan: well advanced.

    It will be finalised following the Islanders workshops currently taking place in different geographical areas of the Mediterranean and the results obtained from the MIC pilot projects. 

  • Pilot Site 1 – Tavolara Islands (Sardinia)

    Eradication of house mice and monitoring of impacts on biological compartments: ongoing

  • Pilot Site 2 – Ilets Coltelazzo & San Macario (Sardinia)

    Eradication of invasive plant species (Opuntia): ongoing

  • Pilot Site 3 – Ile du Levant (Port Cros)

    Protection of Discoglossus sardus from exogenous species: well advanced

  • Pilot Site 4 – Santa Giulia Laguna (Corsica)

    Management of the coastline and resolution of illegal activities: ongoing

  • Pilot Site 5 – Zembra Island (Tunisia)

    Operations to control invasive species: ongoing

  • Pilot Site 6 – Gavdos Island (Crete)

    Protection of a highly endangered plant species: well advanced

  • Pilot Site 7 – Aeolian Islands (Sicily)

    Reproduction and translocation of a highly endangered endemic lizard: ongoing

  • Pilot Site 8 – Island of Zlarin (Croatia)

    Pilot Action Plan on Olive Landscape Restoration: ongoing

  • Pilot Site 9 – Balearic Islands (Spain)

    Development of an alternative tourism model: ongoing

  • Pilot Site 10 – Balearic Islands (Spain)

    Blue New Deal – investment plan to respond to the post-Covid crisis to regenerate marine and coastal ecosystems: ongoing

  • Pilot Site 11 – Cyclades Islands and Ibiza (Greece and Spain)

    Sustainability Observatories – guiding priorities and actions for the conservation of an island or group of islands from a position of knowledge: well advanced

  • Pilot Site 12 – Paros Island (Greece)

    Traditional stone micro-dams – green infrastructure to combat water scarcity in small dry islands: well advanced

  • Pilot Site 13 – Cyprus (Cyprus)

    Removal of Pterois miles and Diadema setosum, established invasive alien species, for the conservation of native flora and fauna in two protected areas: well advanced

  • Pilot Site 14 – Menorca (Spain)

    Training for the agricultural sector: well advanced

  • Pilot Site 15 – Greek Islands (Greece)

    Creation of a roadmap for habitat and species conservation in heavily visited caves on the Greek islands: completed

  • Other planned MIC activity: Islanders workshops

    In order to ensure that the strategy and action plan will be representative of the reality and specific needs of the whole Mediterranean basin, workshops and exchanges are taking place in different geographical areas. They aim to ensure the involvement and participation of local, national and regional stakeholders from the different regions of the Mediterranean Basin in the identification of conservation issues and priorities to feed the strategy and action plan.

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This approach aims to identify networks and organisations working for the preservation of the environment and cultural heritage of the world’s islands, in order to identify and co-construct cooperation opportunities.

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Through this agreement, SMILO and the Mediterranean Water Institute affirm their will to strengthen their cooperation for the implementation of water management and sanitation actions in the Mediterranean (training, technical assistance, exchanges, technology transfers, etc.).



By leading the Club of European and Mediterranean Coastal Agencies, the Conservatoire du Littoral supports and strengthens exchanges on adaptation to climate change and ecological restoration of coastal areas, and accompanies work on cooperation opportunities.

  • Ongoing: Drafting of a Policy Paper integrating approaches, recommendations and strategies on the challenges of coastal adaptation to climate change (to be finalised at the conference)
  • 15 – 17 June 2022 (in preparation) – Conference “Coastal adaptation to climate change – how to work with Nature? “in the framework of the French Presidency of the European Union, in partnership with the Conservatoire du Littoral, the Ocean Climate Platform, the Eurosite association, the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA), the SEARICA (Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas) interparliamentary group and the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) and with the participation of European and Mediterranean Coastal Agencies
  • 30 May (to come): Last steering committee
  • 6 April: Second steering committee
  • 22 February: First steering committee to prepare the June 2022 Conference
  • 8 September 2021 : Workshop to share experiences between Coastal Agencies on the subject of ecological restoration in coastal areas


By organising 5 thematic workshops as part of its webforum “Shores on the move, territories of adaptation”, the Conservatoire du littoral has addressed the issues of nature-based solutions, social perception, agriculture, biodiversity and development and uses of coastal territories in the current context of climate change. Find the replay here :

  • Opening session: 21 October 2021
  • Workshop 1 – Nature-based solutions: sessions held on 18 November and 2 December 2021
  • Workshop 2 – Social perception: sessions held on 13 and 20 January 2022
  • Workshop 3 – Coastal agriculture: sessions held on 27 January and 2 February 2022
  • Workshop 4 – Coastal biodiversity: sessions held on 10 and 24 March 2022
  • Workshop 5 – Development and uses of coastal areas: in preparation, scheduled for April 2022

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This project aims to develop a common and shared framework for monitoring biodiversity and the impacts of management involving different partners around the Mediterranean. The objective is to develop monitoring tools that are common, comparable and disseminable over time.


The Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as manager, is committed to obtaining Clean Ports certification for Anse de la Réserve by 2022 and Active Ports in Biodiversity by 2023. This implies the development of various activities to reduce pollution, manage water, and strengthen biodiversity.


The Port of Marseille Fos has been involved since 2010 in the restoration and preservation of the Flèche de la Gracieuse dune belt, and has reiterated its commitment in 2021 by undertaking to continue its preservation activities.


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The launch of a university diploma (DU) dedicated to the ecological restoration of shallow waters aims to support the development and effectiveness of ecological restoration actions in the long term. For more information:

  • April 2022: Launch of the first training sessions
  • December 2021: Official launch of the DU and opening of registrations
  • September 2021: Announcement of the commitment to launch this DU by the end of 2021
  • 8 April 2021: Webinar “Ecological restoration, what is it?”, replay available here

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By launching a plan to recover nursery functions, the aim is to accelerate and accentuate the efforts already undertaken to protect and support nurseries in shallow waters and in port areas.

  • January 2022: technical finalisation
  • April to October 2022: definition of partnerships
  • January 2023: implementation

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This commitment aims to improve the knowledge available on sandy environments, the main natural habitat of the Mediterranean coast, and to define what actions can be implemented to better manage and preserve it.

  • From 2023: implementation of projects
  • June to December: project contracting
  • April 2022: selection of projects15 March: Deadline for submission of applications
  • December 2021: Publication of the call for projects “characterisation and functioning of soft substrate habitats” (here: )
  • September 2021: Announcement of the commitment to launch a call for projects
  • 16 February 2021: Workshop “What restoration issue for sandy environments”, replay available here

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The immersion of ships can be beneficial for biodiversity, by forming nurseries and new habitats, but can also create new economic activities favourable to the surrounding territories. This commitment aims to propose a reference document delimiting the framework in which this type of immersion could take place under good conditions.

  • May 2022: study of the biodiversity of wrecked ships and production of a documentary (Neptune Vision, University of Perpignan)
  • April 2022: survey of divers to collect data and historical images (PLONGEZ, FFESSM) / Ongoing
  • March 2022: Publication of a summary of the legal study available here:
  • March 2022: Submission of the legal study produced by Julien BELDA (consultant) on the immersion of ships in order to promote the blue economy, ecological restoration and the creation of diving spots in the Mediterranean. Find it here:
  • Meeting Les Nauticales – March 2022: Conference on the theme of ship immersion
  • September 2021: Announcement of the commitment to produce this technical reference document
  • 15 April 2021: Webinar “Shipwreck immersion”, a challenge for marine biodiversity? Replay available here:

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The objective of this commitment is to improve the evaluation of the effectiveness of the marine ecological restoration measures implemented, in order to reinforce the relevance and positive impacts of the new actions to be implemented.

  • September 2022: Finalisation of the guide « Evaluation of experimental pilots and ecological restoration works. Case of port nurseries ». Dowload it here « here ».
  • May 2022: Dissemination of the guide
  • September 2021: Announcement of the commitment to produce this technical reference document
  • 28 January 2021: Organisation of the first technical meeting, conclusions download here



The 6 organisations involved in the Mediterranean Biodiversity Consortium join forces to better preserve Mediterranean forests, wetlands, coasts, seas and islands in a cross-cutting manner. To this end, they are working on the development of innovative pilot projects. 

  • 2022: Search for funding underway
  • 2021: Setting up a joint project for the preservation of Mediterranean biodiversity
  • 12 March 2021: Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between the 6 organisations making up the Consortium

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Through a multidisciplinary French-speaking training course, given over several months, the aim is to strengthen the skills of future professionals in the management of coastal and island areas, with a multidisciplinary approach combining governance, communication, public management, ecological restoration and the economic dimension.

  • Production of content available online: to come
  • Search for technical and financial partners: in progress
  • Production of training materials: ongoing
  • Development of the training brochure: ongoing
  • September 2021: Announcement of the commitment

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This commitment aims to strengthen the knowledge available on sandy environments, the main natural habitat of the Mediterranean coastline, and to define what actions can be implemented to better manage and preserve it.

  • Building an environmental journalism award: ongoing
  • 19 July 2022: Webinar for experts-journalists exchange “The stakes of the COP 15”.
  • February 2022: COPEAM becomes an official partner of ICO Solutions
  • 4 March 2021: Webinar “Island, coastal and marine issues” for Mediterranean journalists, replay available here



The school has renewed its commitment to the preservation of biodiversity, in the name of which it has already implemented numerous activities, such as its support for the Casciomar project for the preservation of the shallow waters of Marseille, Cassis and La Ciotat.


The Metropolitan Business Act supported by the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a tool promoting responsible local purchasing, supports the territory’s VSEs and SMEs. For 2022, the latter wishes to strengthen its positioning on the responsible economy and the blue economy.

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Identifying new models of finance that are sustainable and allow for the financing of the preservation and restoration of ecological ecosystems is a challenge of today. Today, the stakeholders wish to multiply the work and consultation workshops around this theme to identify sustainable solutions.

  • September 2021: Organisation of a workshop and announcement of a call for mobilisation

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Corporate philanthropy is a real opportunity to support actors in the preservation of the environment, which is not sufficiently exploited today. The launch of a fund allowing companies to support Mediterranean conservation projects as well as sustainable economic development projects therefore aims to support this environmental and sustainable sponsorship. 

  • Development of partnerships with Mediterranean CCIs: to come
  • Development of the concept: ongoing
  • 2022: Development of a partnership with an internet platform for mobilising funding
  • September 2021: Announcement of the commitment