SCELG @COP26Climate Change and Islands

When: 11th November 2021, 4.00-6.00 pm 

Where: Conference Room 6/7, Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, & online

What lessons can we learn from the responses to COVID-19 when positioning islands to become more sustainable? This is what the COVID-19 Island Insights Series had set itself as a goal over the past year. As a final step we are now hosting a session aimed at gathering islands' perspective on climate change. From Scotland to the South Pacific, islands are in fact at the forefront of climate change. Islands, especially SIDS, have contributed the least to climate change, but are suffering the most. Islands in countries like Scotland have the potential of showing the way forward in promoting innovation when it comes to climate change mitigation and adaptation. In this session, a distinguished multidisciplinary line-up will discuss key challenges and opportunities for islands in relation to climate change.

Sessions will provide timely insights on the following themes: 

- Scotland’s islands and renewable energy

- The Legal Dimensions of Sea Level Rise for Islands

- The role of the International Court of Justice for the protection of Islands vis à vis climate change 

Registration is compulsory

– to attend online register here

– to attend in person register here

This event will be in a hybrid format, but there will be limited space for in person attendance.

The event is free to attend.   

This event is organized by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, in collaboration with the University of Prince Edward Island Institute of Island Studies and Island Innovation


4:00 – 4:10 Opening remarks, James Randall, Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island 

Chair: James Ellsmoor, Island Innovation

4:10 – 4:25 Scottish Islands and Climate Change, Francesco Sindico, Scottish Goverment Islands Team 

4:25 – 4:40 Scotland’s islands: a renewable energy story, Eileen Linklater, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd

4:40 – 5:00 First round of Q&A 

Chair: Giulia Sajeva, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance

5:00 – 5:15 Climate Change and Islands: Effects and Legal Responses, David Freestone & Duygu Cicek, World Bank

5:15 – 5:30 Climate Change and Islands: What Role for the International Court of Justice?, Aditi Shetye & Manon Rouby, World’s Youth for Climate Justice (WYCJ)

5:30 – 5:50 Second round of Q&A 

5:50 – 6:00 Conclusions, Francesco Sindico