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Union Islanders wonder if their home will be the next Atlantis
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, 1 July 2015 (IPS) - Fifteen years ago, Stephanie Browne, a former Member of Parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, needed only to look at the beach outside her house to know why her community in Union Island was called “Big Sand”.

End to Great Barrier Reef dumping is imminent
BONN, Germany, 1 July 2015 (WWF) - The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has voted to maintain pressure on Australia to deliver on its promise to restore the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

Criminalization of local people in Indonesian province rife
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 1 July 2015 (Mongabay) - A coalition of local NGOs in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province is campaigning for an end to the criminalization of residents who oppose plantation and mining projects on their land.

Scottish islands move to protect fishing communities
LERWICK, Scotland, 30 June 2015 (Shetland News) - Fishing leaders in the three Scottish island communities of Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles have joined forces in a bid to secure a future for their communities.

Seychelles and Palau formalize future collaboration
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 30 June 2015 (SNA) - The island states of Seychelles and Palau are set on forging closer ties and strengthening their newly-established diplomatic relations.

Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV
LONDON, UK, 30 June 2015 (BBC) - Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization says.

You’re making this island disappear
MAJURO, Marshall Islands, 29 June 2015 (CNN) - Out here in the middle of the Pacific, somewhere between Australia and Hawaii, there's a place where no one has the luxury of denying the existence of climate change.

Indonesia publishes plan for tackling invasive species
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 29 June 2015 (Mongabay) - Twenty years after ratifying a legally binding UN convention which obligates parties to deal with invasive alien species, considered to be main direct drivers of biodiversity loss across the globe, Indonesia has drawn up a national strategic plan on the matter.

European Society for Oceanists conference 24-27 June, 2015, Brussels, Belgium

Annual conference and summer school 26 June-1 July, 2015, Orkney, Scotland

Our Common Future under Climate Change conference 7-10 July 2015, Paris, France

Sustaining Partnerships conference 11-15 July, 2016, Gibraltar

52nd ATBC conference 12-16 July, 2015, Honolulu, Hawaii

14th International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology 3-5 Sept, 2015, Rhodes, Greece

North Atlantic Forum 16-19 Sept, 2015, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Responsible Tourism on Islands Symposium 17-20 Sept, 2015, Vis, Croatia

Indigenous Resources: Decolonization and Development conference 30 Sept-4 Oct, 2015, Nuuk, Greenland

World Forum on Natural Capital 23-24 Nov, 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland

Symposium IV 20-27 February, 2016, Norfolk Island, Australia

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos conference 7-11 March, 2016, Hong Kong

Islands of the World XIV conference 23-27 May, 2016, Lesvos, Greece

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