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Forever Costa Rica

Engaging a new audience and increasing reach

Forever Costa Rica came to us for their “Harnessing the power of nature for climate change adaptation and resilience” event because we’d already run a number of successful virtual events for them. We developed a bilingual event website, designed and delivered email campaigns as well as managing all organisation and facilitation.

This bilingual event was a collaboration between Forever Costa Rica Association and the British Embassy Costa Rica and was inaugurated by Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who is UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience.







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The event was developed to drive action on nature and adaptation ahead of COP26 and included financing for nature-based solutions. Island Innovation arranged and coordinated the high level speakers and presenters who included:

UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for COP26

Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Anne-Marie Trevelyan was first elected MP for the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency at the 2015 general election and lives in the constituency with her family. The constituency is large and predominantly rural, covering over 1,000 square miles of north Northumberland from Hartburn in the south, to the Scottish border, and includes large parts of Northumberland National Park, the Coquet Valley, Holy Island and the historic towns of Alnwick and Berwick.

A chartered accountant by trade, Anne-Marie, during the 2015 Parliament, she sat on the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee where she focussed on ensuring taxpayers’ money is spent well in ways which are accountable to the public. In 2019, Anne-Marie was appointed Minister for Defence Procurement, and later Minister of State for the Armed Forces.

Until September 2020, Anne-Marie was Secretary of State for International Development, tasked with overseeing the UK's contribution to international aid and development delivers the best results, transforming the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, while promoting Britain’s economic and security interests. In November 2020 the Prime Minister appointed Anne-Marie the UK’s International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency. Her role is to engage the governments of the countries most affected by climate change and drive support from the international community and private sector.

In January 2021, Anne-Marie was appointed Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth leading delivery of the UK’s Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution which will allow us to build the UK's contribution to climate change.

Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica

Andrea Meza

Meza is Costa Rican current Minister of Environment and Energy. She is a lawyer graduated from the University of Costa Rica (UCR). She has specialization courses at the Utrecht University, and a postgraduate degree in Local Development.
She is an expert in sustainable development with more than 20 years of experience in public policy and execution of projects. She has worked in more than 15 Latin American countries in multidisciplinary projects financed by various multilateral organizations (IDB, World Bank, CAF, European Union, UNDP), bilateral (AECID, GIZ) and national governments.
Since 2015, she served as Director of the Climate Change of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, from where she coordinated the technical formulation of the National Decarbonization Plan and the National Adaptation Policy, and has been head of costarican delegation in international negotiation processes. Meza was Costa Rica’s representative in the negotiation of the Paris Agreement. She also has played a key role in strengthening programs that coordinate efficiency and sustainability actions with private companies and the municipal sector.
UK Minister for Pacific & the Environment

Lord Zac Goldsmith

Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith, Baron Goldsmith of Richmond Park PC (born 20 January 1975) is a British politician and journalist who serves as Minister of State for Pacific and the Environment. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond Park from 2017 to 2019, previously holding the seat between 2010 and 2016. A member of the Conservative Party, he was its candidate at the 2016 London mayoral election, which he lost to Sadiq Khan of the Labour Party. Ideologically characterised as having liberal and libertarian views, Goldsmith is known for his support for environmentalism, localism and Brexit.
Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge

Prof. Sir Partha Dasgupta

Professor Dasgupta taught at the London School of Economics (Lecturer 1971–1975; Reader 1975–1978; Professor of Economics 1978–1984). He moved to the University of Cambridge in January 1985 as Professor of Economics, serving as Chairman of the Faculty of Economics from 1997 to 2001. In 2002, Professor Dasgupta was named Knight Bachelor by the Queen for services to economics.
Professor Dasgupta's research interests have covered welfare and development economics, the economics of technological change, population, environmental and resource economics, the theory of games, the economics of undernutrition, and the economics of social capital.

Because this was a bilingual project we needed to create a website in both Spanish and English. As the focus was “Harnessing the power of nature for climate change adaptation and resilience” we worked hard to develop a graphical concept and imagery which supported the key themes.


“We have partnered with Island Innovation to plan and deliver two virtual events focused on sustainable finance for biodiversity conservation and nature based solutions to climate change. Working with the Island Innovation team has been a great experience. They have supported us in the logistics and tech of the events and have been key in speaker management and web design. Their support has been key in the development of high quality events efficiently and pain-free. If you are looking for a highly experienced team to deliver sustainability focused virtual events I’d highly recommend Island Innovation.”

María Luisa HernándezDevelopment Coordinator, Forever Costa Rica

Our Approach

We took a highly consultative approach which included meetings to understand event objectives, delivering constructive suggestions on framing and shaping and structuring the sessions and formats.

The brief included website development and our good relationships with the partners facilitated the coordination and development of the website with both event partners. Our work included the strategy, design, and build. Given the global nature of the event we ensured that the site complied with all the relevant data requirements.

Speaker training and coordination requires a high level of industry knowledge and a strong network. Fortunately, because of our experience organising and running virtual events, such as the Virtual Island Summit and the Island Finance Forum, we were able to effectively brief and train speakers. Having such a fantastic panel of speakers who delivered engaging panels ensured the agreed attendance target was reached and online engagement during the event.

Over the years we’ve refined our approach to running virtual events. Our detailed project management plan ensured the event, which included booking and briefing translators, went off without a hitch.

Each virtual event we run for clients is bespoke to their needs and for Forever Costa Rica the support included:

  • Fully bilingual support and event execution (English/Spanish)
  • Development of a strategic work plan based on platform optimisation including technical and logistical actions and key milestones
  • Facilitation of project meetings and project management
  • Collation of speaker pictures and adding to the website
  • Event set up including creation of Zoom sessions and calendar management
  • Marketing emails including ticket confirmation, email reminders and session overviews
  • Speaker communication support including adding speakers to sessions, sending joining instructions, conducting speaker preparation training
  • Full tech support for entire event including monitoring and contributing to chat panel
  • Audience integration into MailChimp
  • Collating post-event data including audience attendee figures and the event recording which was used to create a post-event summary report

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