Vanilla Islands of the Indian Ocean looks at low carbon and sustainable future as a region when they meet Geoffrey Lipman of ICTP & SUN Project for Green Growth. Representatives of the Vanilla Islands met at the Seychelles Pavilion at ITB to plan the future collaboration for their member states in this unique tropical paradise destination.
The meeting was hosted by Minister Alain St Ange (Seychelles) and also attended by Minister Duval the Deputy Prime Minister & Tourism Minister of Mauritius, as well as Vola Raveloson (Madagascar) and Michel Ahamed (Mayotte). Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Vanilla Islands, was also present for this meeting that took place on the sidelines of ITB 2015 in Berlin.
A key point of discussion was how the Vanilla Island Travel & Tourism community could play a leadership role in the coming transformation to a low-carbon, sustainable future, and how to start this long-term shift in 2015, which will see heads of state summits on development financing, sustainable development goals, and most importantly carbon reduction targets in Paris in December.
The representatives held discussions with a group brought together by its special advisor on Green Growth, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), around the “SUN Project” for Green Growth – including the CEO of Civic Resources (U.S.) – a global connectivity platform linking smart communities, and the CEO of SunArk, a constructor of prefabricated solar-powered buildings designed for small island and developing country renewable energy transformation.