The DAFNI Network, through conferences, informational workshops, participatory workshops, training seminars and awareness-raising actions at local, national and European level, contributes to the transfer of knowledge, the exchange of experiences and good practices, as well as the networking and strengthening of synergies between actors with an active role and strong interest in the sustainable development of islands.

YENESIS 5-day training course

In the framework of YENESIS project, DAFNI Network organized a 5-day training course in Athens between 25 and 31 January 2020. 12 NEETs from 10 Greek islands (Aegina, Corfu, Kastelorizo, Kefalonia, Naxos, Paros, Samothraki, Skiathos, Skopelos and Syros) had the chance to get trained in the fields of energy efficiency, RES, sustainable tourism and sustainable mobility. The course included presentations, participatory workshops and field visits in companies specialized in the above mentioned fields.

YENESIS main objective is to reduce unemployment of young NEET by creating green jobs in islands in the four areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and mobility. Moreover, YENESIS aspires to support youth entrepreneurship in practice by directing young professionals to occupations of the future, occupations with added value for the careers of young people and the sustainable development of islands.

  • 25 – 31/01/2020

Workshop: Innovative solutions and policies for the energy transition of the Greek islands

On 18 March DAFNI Network and the Municipality of Rhodes jointly hosted in Rhodes the first SMILE local workshop in Greece titled “Innovative solutions and policies for the energy transition of the Greek islands”.

In a time when islands rank high at EU’s energy and climate policy agenda, and Greece is promoting important initiatives that can accelerate islands’ decarbonisation, the workshop provided a platform for knowledge exchange and constructive dialogue on the challenges and opportunities associated with the energy transition of Rhodes and the Greek islands overall.

  • 18/03/2019

Information workshop: energy upgrading of tourist units

The Aegean Energy & Environment Agency, a partner in the European project HAPPEN, with the support of DAFNI Network, organised an informative workshop on two island members of the Network, Paros and Kos.

The workshop was dedicated to the energy upgrading of tourist units in line with the new directives for Near Zero Energy Efficiency Buildings (nZEB).

The event analysed the legislative framework on nZEB as well as technical and financing solutions for the energy upgrading of the tourist units. Special mention was made to the forthcoming upgrading of the Municipal Hostel in Lefkes, Paros, and the Municipal Hostel in Polyvoti, Nisyros, with the technical support of the Aegean Energy & Environment Agency under HAPPEN.

  • 1 & 22/03/2019

Seminar “Energy Communities & Local Government”

DAFNI Network in collaboration with S. Karagilanis Ltd., in December 2018, launched a series of training seminars for the benefit of the members of the Network.

The first seminar on “Energy Communities & Local Government” for the members of the Network as part of KEDE’s (The Central Union of Municipalities) Annual General Meeting was held on 5t December 2018. The seminar attracted the interest of elected representatives and executives of local government, representatives of the wider public and private sector, who actively participated throughout the event.

  • 5/10/2018

2nd Smart Islands Forum

Following the 1st Smart Islands Forum (Athens, June 2016) and the Smart Islands Declaration official signing ceremony (Brussels, March 2017), DAFNI Network with the Aegean Energy and Environment Agency jointly organized the 2nd Smart Islands Forum. 22 representatives from 13 European countries with islands that are members to the Smart Islands Initiative met in Athens, Greece on 14 September 2018 to discuss how recent EU policy developments concerning islands can serve them best, in light of the on-going debate around the Union’s post-2020 political priorities.
Keynote speeches were delivered by Greece’s Deputy Minister for Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy Nektarios Santorinios, Athens FES Director Ulrich Storck and AEGEA’s Director General Ilias Efthymiopoulos, DAFNI’s General Director Kostas Komninos, CPMR Secretary General, Eleni Marianou, DG REGIO’s Secretary General, Mario Rodrigues and Jeppe Jensen from the newly established Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat.

The Forum was organized with the kind support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Athens and KEDE at Impact Hub Athens.

  • 14/09/2018

Round table discussion on the energy upgrading of public buildings

A roundtable discussion on energy upgrading of public buildings through EPC took place on 5 July 2018 in Athens! The event was hosted by AEGEA in cooperation with the Energy Policy and Energy Efficiency Dpt of the Ministry of Environment and Energy and with the support of DAFNI Network, in the framework of the Interreg-MED project STEPPING, member of the Efficient Buildings Community! The discussion was particularly constructive, highlighting specific barriers but also the enabling factors and concrete next steps that need to be taken for the uptake of the EPC market in Greece. The event brought together very important stakeholders, i.e. national and regional authorities, ESCOs, financing institutions, sectoral agencies and helped pave the way for the elaboration of EPC investment plans in the Greek pilots, in the framework of STEPPING project!

  • 11/07/2018

Open workshop in Kythnos

Ιn the framework of the European WiseGRID project, DAFNI Network and the Aegean Energy and Environment Agency co-organized an open workshop in Kythnos to present the progress of WiseGRID.

Τhe first part of the event included a presentation on the projects related to WiseGRID, that are going to be implemented in Kythnos in the coming years as well as an introduction to electriv mobility, its importance and benefits.

The second part of the event included an interactive workshop where all the attendees participated. Separated in groups and within 8′, the participants brainstormed and presented the most important benefits and their concerns on the transition and use of electric vehicles and bicycles in Kythnos.

  • 27/04/2018
  • 10 TEAMS

Smart Islands Event: Creating New Pathways for EU islands

28 March 2017 marks a strong comeback of islands in the European Parliament. The Smart Islands Event: Creating New Pathways for EU islands gathered over 100 European island representatives, stakeholders and policy-makers to officially present the Smart Islands Initiative, one that sheds light on the potential of islands to emerge as ideal territories for the deployment of innovative technologies in the fields of energy, transport & mobility, water & waste management and ICT. During the event 36 island representatives, networks and organizations signed the Smart Islands Declaration at the presence of Director General for Energy Dominique Ristori.

  • 28/03/2018
  • 11 MEPs
  • 300 ISLANDS

3rd International Conference on “Ports, Maritime Transport & Insularity

The overall conference objective was to highlight the vital role of ports and shipping in shaping a development strategy in the European and Mediterranean regions, exploiting the comparative advantages of the regions and improving the competitiveness of economic actors in the context of sustainable development. At the same time, the island’s particular challenges regarding the design, management and operation of its port infrastructures in relation to sea connections (strengthening the connection between the islands and the mainland) was also presented. This approach is part of the European Commission’s ‘smart islands’ strategy, which is part of the strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the conference coincides with the call for proposals for the Ports of the Future of the EU (Horizon 2020).

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  • 19 & 20/02/2018

Smart Islands & Smart Small Cities

Featuring speakers from all over Greece and Europe, the Conference on Smart Islands and Smart Small Cities, organized by the Aegean Energy & Environment Agency, the Network of Sustainable Greek Islands DAFNI and the energy portal Energypress, took place on 22 & 23 February at the Ionic Center in Athens. The main target of the conference was to highlight the conditions for intelligent development at local level, define the respective roles and duties (government, municipalities, enterprises, citizens’ unions, academia), as well as to present the roadmap for the supporting structures (technical and financial) available to small cities and islands by National and European funding mechanisms and programmes.

  • 22 & 23/02/2018

Pact of Islands – Signing ceremony

On 25 June 2015, elected representatives of eight DAFNI Network member islands travelled to Brussels and joined the Pact of Islands in a formal ceremony held at the European Parliament, raising the number of Greek participants to 33 (thirty islands and three island regions). The accession of Kalymnos, Nisyros, Rhodes, Tilos and Kos is an important extension of the Pact of Islands in the Dodecanese chain, because up until then only Lipsi had signed the Pact. From the Cyclades chain, Kimolos, Paros and Folegandros participated in the mission, meaning that 23 out of the 26 Cycladic islands currently participate in the Pact of Islands. This visit allowed the representatives of Greek Islands to find themselves in the decision-making canter in the heart of Europe and to exchange views with other European islanders on the common problems they are faced with, as well as how to promote sustainable development in islands.

  • 25/06/2016

1st Smart Islands Forum

The 1st Smart Islands Forum was hosted in Athens on 21 and 22 June at the initiative of DAFNI Network and the Aegean Energy Agency with the participation of some 40 European island representatives from Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, France, Spain, the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and Croatia.
Greece was represented by mayors of Greek islands, executives of island regions and the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE), one of the co-hosts.
The Forum has provided island and local authorities with the opportunity to further progress the Smart Islands Initiative, as a natural follow-up to the systematic and long cooperation that the European Islands have developed with the assistance of the European Union. The Smart Islands Initiative draws inspiration from the Smart Cities and Communities Initiative and can greatly help island authorities to develop an integrated, localised and transformative development agenda that utilises the comparative advantages of islands, generates sustainable local development and prosperity, while helping the European Union to achieve the targets it has set in various policy domains, such as the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, innovation, circular economy, sustainable transport and mobility, etc.

  • 21 & 22/06/2016

Visit of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

On Tuesday 17 May a team of seven representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) visited Kythnos in the framework of the Committees’ initiative “Smart Islands in Europe”. The visit was organized with the assistance of DAFNI Network and the Aegean Energy and Environment Agency.
Prior to Kythnos, EESC representatives visited five different islands across Europe in order to collect best practices in the fields of energy, water, waste and tourism flow management, to be used for the publication of a Guide. The Guide aims to highlight the comparative advantages of islands in implementing such practices and will be disseminated across all EU islands, European institutions and relevant organizations.
In Greece EESC chose to visit Kythnos, for the island exhibits a considerable track record of innovative pilot projects related to the production and management of sustainable energy (1st wind park in Europe, hybrid plant and micro-grid in Gaidouromandra area). Another reason is that the Municipality of Kythnos is currently putting significant effort in promoting a master plan for the island, which foresees different innovative projects for the integrated and sustainable management of local infrastructures, hence creating the proper conditions for the sustainable regeneration of the island.

  • 17/05/2016