Welcome to GIN - the primary information source about islands worldwide
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Our Vision
The Global Islands Network represents a hub that connects and coordinates efforts to help ensure a healthy and productive future for islanders.
Our Mission
The Global Islands Network is a non-profit organisation established in June 2002 to conduct and promote
  • culturally appropriate
  • ecologically sound
  • economically sustainable
  • socially equitable
development on islands worldwide.
Our Objectives
The directors and staff of GIN are committed to advancing the interests of islanders and islands in diverse situations at various levels over time, primarily through electronic communication, but also via face-to-face interactions, print, and other means. Our particular objectives include:
  • Facilitating the capacity of islanders to acquire, disseminate and utilise knowledge resources;
  • Improving access to existing data and generating original information about islands;
  • Providing technical assistance and supporting initiatives which further integrated development on small islands;
  • Encouraging collaborative projects and comparative studies between and among islands;
  • Fostering cooperation by sharing good practices and offering a forum for discussion; and
  • Strengthening the voice of island communities as well as their representatives in intergovernmental and policymaking bodies.
How does GIN operate
Around the world on numerous islands, people are sharing their problems and identifying solutions through association with GIN and our partners.
Islands are characterised by various factors, many of which create barriers to growth and development, such as remoteness and insularity, peripherality to centres of decision making, a limited range of natural resources, specialisation of economies, small markets, narrow skills base, poor infrastructure, vulnerability to natural disasters, and degree of exposure to forces outside their control such as climate change and sea level rise.
GIN brings together islanders and partner organisations, comprising amongst others, government agencies, university departments, research institutes, marine laboratories, businesses, companies, NGOs, voluntary bodies and community groups, in a network where they can learn from each others experience, borrowing as well as replicating best practices to:
  • Improve production of renewable energy
  • Minimise waste through recycling schemes
  • Introduce efficient public transport
  • Provide affordable eco-housing
  • Raise standards of air and water quality
  • Secure clean drinking water
  • Adopt coastal zone management plans
  • Create terrestrial and marine protected areas
  • Safeguard endangered species
  • Increase organic food production
  • Control or eradicate alien invasive species
  • Document and safeguard biodiversity
  • Promote sustainable tourism
  • Maintain heritage and preserve traditional cultures
  • Diversify economies to reduce dependence
  • Capitalise on Exclusive Economic Zones
  • Regulate local fisheries
  • Introduce ‘no-take’ marine reserves
  • Respect indigenous peoples, languages and customs
  • Foster gender equality
  • Use ITC to better health care and education
Islands offer the world, in microcosm, some of the clearest opportunities for developing integrated systems of governance and management. The topics listed above are just one way of grouping issues and concerns. With their often unique but threatened biological diversity, islands lend themselves to the innovative ecosystem-based management approach to address these challenges.  It considers the full array of interactions between humans and the environment, rather than just addressing one issue or resource in isolation.