of The Blue
at El Hierro
of The Blue Economy
at El Hierro
This event in El Hierro offers you the opportunity to understand how a small group of committed people turned the future of their 10,000 citizen strong island around.
You will understand their reasoning, the financing mechanisms, the time lost and the projects that gained traction.
This unique meeting limited to 40 people.
The cost is limited to €950*.
(* This price includes all conferences, all coffee breaks and lunches during the event, as well as transportation to some of the visits and some dinners. It does NOT include plane tickets, accommodation and breakfasts)
These four days offer an exceptional insight on how the island can now plan its next leap steadily gaining social and economic cloud it had with 14,000 citizens it enjoyed a century ago.
of The Blue
at El Hierro
congress + workshops + conferences
“El Hierro is the prime European example of local
economic development using what is locally available,
responding to local needs and building resilience
while generating jobs.”
The Place: Rayuela House.
Meet the people who can make the next phase of local development in El Hierro happen
The key persons who transformed El Hierro
The Blue Economy team that accompanied over years
The urban designers who envision how to replicate
The local economic development planners
The systemic thinkers and do-ers
The educators who inspire the children
The movers and shakers who want to mainstream this
The new generation of islanders who envision the next phase of
sustainability on El Hierro
What will we discuss
How did it start?
How was it financed?
What is the next step
Chairs of the Event
The Blue Economy
1. Banana eco
3. Ren. Energy
5. Marine Reserv.
Informal welcome and opening
Roundtable of all Participants
The Achievements to Date
November 22nd – told by the people who did it
Schedule and Plans for the Next Decade
November 23rd – told by the people who can do it
Visit and Discuss on site energy, fish, banana, milk, …
November 22nd to 24th
Everyone introduces why
Describing the reasons for
participating, the experiences brought
to the table, the expectations.
El Hierro and the Blue Economy
Javier Morales and Gunter Pauli share how
they met, what they wanted to achieve, how
the work progressed and the problems that
had to be overcome.
Meeting the Challenges
Young people saw no future, water remained scarce, no new jobs
generated, the economic model taught prescribed competing on cost.
The end of the island’s population was planned.
Design an Ambitious Future
The elaboration of a portfolio of opportunities with a clear focus on the
needs of the communities triggered a series of economic activities – and
faced with lack of water and power with an out of date infrastructure
offered a chance of a lifetime: turn the island into an sustainable one,
self-sufficient in water, power and food!
Design, Beauty and Greenhouses
A new actual initiative. How to transform the banana greenhouses of
El Hierro and the Canary Islands into new designs full of beauty and
made with bamboo.
Visit the site of water and power
The design was made by the local engineers. Sons
and grandsons of those who emigrated returned to
take the leadership in a design that had never been
done and even secured a few patents.
The Island’s Food Cluster
How the island went from a net importer of all
food to one that generates jobs, quality food and
income with what can be locally produced – even
Events / trips
Visit to the future cluster of fishing, drinking
water, skysails and hydrogen
Visit to the water and wind cluster based on
Visit to the food clusters and the cooperatives
producing organic bananas, grapes and wine,
goat milk and cheese
Visit to sustainable tourism initiatives based
on ethnography and biodiversity
Optional visit by sailing boat to the
UNESCO Biosphere female brooding site
for IAAC Students
weak signals in the wild
& bamboo eco-greenhouses