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Helsinki Applies Smart & Clean Solutions to Develop Islands for Eco-tourism
Solutions were sought with Clean Vallisaari Innovation Competition
By: City of Helsinki
The islands' governing body, Finnish wildlife administration Metsähallitus, and the City of Helsinki seek to develop the largely undeveloped islands for eco-tourism using Smart & Clean technologies and solutions. Together they announced an innovation competition entitled Clean Vallisaari in March 2016, looking for ideas to support the development of the islands and to contribute new insights to the story of the islands.
The City of Helsinki also looked to use the competition as a reference case in its strategic Smart & Clean development plan.
The competitors were asked to provide solutions for water, waste and energy management in ways that respect the nature and cultural values of the islands, add to the appeal of the islands, and enable a minimum environmental footprint of the proposed development, while creating jobs and business opportunities. The organizers looked for proposals from multidisciplinary teams addressing the evaluation criteria "Unique island experience" and "Sustainable technologies and solutions."
The competition received 12 entries, and the jury announced its decision on September 1, 2016. According to the jury, the proposals included many creative and applicable solutions. The jury named two winners – Precious Vallisaari and Virgin Island – and awarded each with a 12,500-euro prize.
The jury cites Precious Vallisaari for its human-centric approach, which incorporates greenhouses and local food production. Development is based on circular economy (an economy that produces no waste and pollution). The proposal also incorporates the learning experience.
Virgin Island, according to the jury, emphasizes self-sustained systems and presents a convincing basis for creating a showcase for clean technologies. The proposal well incorporates the user experience.
Chairman of the jury, former U.S. Ambassador to Finland (2009–2015)
The Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari islands are nature reserves that support a wide variety of plant and animal species. They feature fortification structures built during the Swedish rule (–1809) and Russian rule (1809–1917)
Clean Vallisaari Innovation Competition, Jury Evaluation Report: http://www.hel.fi/
City of Helsinki: http://www.hel.fi/
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