The event was organized under "Greening The Islands" International Conference, which brings together experts from the field of sustainable development specializing in the island community, that was held on the island of Favignana near Sicily this year. The award was given in three categories: renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and sustainable water management. The winners are selected on the basis of the jury's votes and the number of votes assigned by the expert public who voted in an online poll
"This award to island knowledge, skills and dedication to the progress of its community, confirms that the concept of smart islands has survived! I want to congratulate to all the islanders who took their precious time and devoted it to this project, especially to our islanders from Lastovo and Vis, who gave a priceless contribution on behalf of the Croatian islands", said Picula after receiving the award for the WaSaC Project.