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Scottish Islands Growth Deal reportedly 'parked' due to Covid-19
LERWICK, UK, 2 June 2020 (Shetland Times) - The Islands Growth Deal was intended to unlock investment in Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles, using UK and Scottish government funding to build upon 2013’s ‘Our Islands Our Future’ campaign. Fears have now been raised that the deal, once estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds and expected to create hundreds of jobs, has been “parked” due to Covid-19.

Bornean farmers and fishers brace as a new port opens
MEMPAWAH, Indonesia, 2 June 2020 (Mongabay) - In a village in western Borneo, Suma Ruslian runs a community center that helps fellow agriculture and aquaculture farmers prepare for the impact of a massive infrastructure project in their midst.

Offshore Nelson island focus of community restoration programme
NELSON, New Zealand, 2 June 2020 (RNZ) - Haulashore Island, which has been a backdrop to Nelson's waterfront for 113 years, is the focus of a community restoration programme. Volunteer trappers are now flocking to the little island to help with the return of penguins, lizards and rare lichens. 

Farne Islands puffin nesting areas may expand without tourists
LONDON, UK, 2 June 2020 (BBC) - Puffins breeding off the Northumberland coast may expand their usual nesting grounds as tourists stay away because of coronavirus, experts have predicted.

Why dozens of cruise ships ended up stranded in Manila Bay
MANILA, Philippines, 2 June 2020 (Guardian) - Thousands of Filipino and international crew members are stuck aboard cruise ships at anchor in Manila Bay as they await results of Covid-19 tests.

Covid-free island prepares to bring home stranded citizens
KOROR, Palau, 1 June 2020 (Guardian) - For 143 Palau citizens trapped overseas by coronavirus travel restrictions, the journey home, always long, will be especially tortuous. To reach their Pacific island home they face six long weeks of quarantine – two in Guam, two in a hotel in Palau, and then another two weeks of self-isolation at home. They will also face at least five Covid-19 tests.

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife accelerating, scientists warn
LONDON, UK, 1 June 2020 (Guardian) - The sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth is accelerating, according to an analysis by scientists who warn it may be a tipping point for the collapse of civilisation. The land vertebrates on the verge of extinction, with fewer than 1,000 individuals left, include the Sumatran rhino, the Clarión Island wren and Española giant tortoise in the Galapagos.

Sustainable Grand Bahama Conference 5-6 March, 2020, Freeport, Grand Bahama

5th International St Magnus Conference 15-18 April, 2020, Lerwick, Shetland

10th Pacific Nature Conservation Conference 20-24 April, 2020, Noumea, New Caledonia

Pacific Ocean Climate Change Conference 27-29 May, 2020, Apia, Samoa

UN Ocean Conference 2-6 June, 2020, Lisbon, Portugal

13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 10-21 June, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii

World Conservation Congress 11-19 June, 2020, Marseille, France

Island Feminisms Conference 13-15 June, 2020, Hilo, Hawaii

Islands of the World XVII conference 22-26 June, 2020, St. John's, Newfoundland

15th International Small Island Cultures Conference: Island Festivals and Music Tourism 9-13 July, 2020, Kingston, Jamaica

'The island–insularity, archipelagos–a geophilosophical issue' A Summer University, 10-14 July, 2020, Rhodes, Greece

Archipelagic Memory: Intersecting Geographies, Histories and Disciplines conference 4-6 August, 2020, Reduit, Mauritius

DARKNESS conference 30 Nov-3 Dec, 2020, Nuuk, Greenland