The Commission on Islands (C20.25) has been active for over a decade now, having been approved by the IGU Executive Committee at the IGU Brisbane Conference in July 2006. Since its inaugural conference was held in Taipei, Taiwan in 2007, the Commission has gathered scholars from around the world who are interested in studying islands as distinct geographical phenomena and in exploring their significance in the contexts issues concerning global change, sustainability and resilience research, cultural geography and humanities, political and economic geography, and other key aspects of development. The Commission also works together with relevant national and international organizations in promoting research on and awareness of island development issues, as well as to strengthen the significance of the wealth of diversity of island cultures
The IGU Commission on Islands has consistently networked and collaborated with other island studies organizations, most prominently the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA), Island Dynamics, Future Earth- Coast, and so on. It has furthermore collaborated with other IGU Commissions, most notably previous C12.21 Indigenous Knowledges and Peoples’ Rights. The Commission plans to initiate dialogue with more Commissions to look into potential collaborations such as co-organizing conferences (e.g. staggering days at same venue, with overlapping research interests convening together at the end of one conference and beginning of the other; or, convening together throughout, but with some keynotes and sessions in plenum). These might include Commissions such as C20.06 Coastal Systems; C20.12 Geographical Education; C20.17 Geography of Tourism, Leisure, and Global Change; C20.21 Global Understanding; C20.22 Hazard and Risk; or C20.32 Marginalization, Globalization, and Regional and Local Responses.