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Free education helps combat child labour in Fiji
CANBERRA, Australia, 24 March 2017 (IPS) - In the South Pacific nation of Fiji, free and compulsory education, introduced three years ago, in association with better awareness and child protection measures, is helping to reduce children’s vulnerability to harmful and hazardous forms of work.

Researchers ponder conundrum of disappearing Arctic caribou
WASHINGTON, US, 23 March 2017 (UPI) - The world's caribou are on the decline and in some cases the numbers are dramatic – the Baffin Island herd in Nunavut, for instance, dropped from 235,000 animals in 1991 to just 3,000 in 2014.

Concern over tourists taking crystals from Iceland mine
LONDON, UK, 23 March 2017 (BBC) - A historic mine in Iceland may have to be closed to the public because visitors keep pinching its spar crystals, environmental officials have warned.

Local solutions to rebuild oldest Cuban city
BARACOA, Cuba, 23 March 2017 (IPS) - Clearings with fallen trees in the surrounding forests, houses still covered with tarpaulins and workers repairing the damage on the steep La Farola highway are lingering evidence of the impact of Hurricane Matthew four months ago, in the first city built by the Spanish conquistadors in Cuba.

Bones linked to Scotland's Isle of Eigg massacre
LONDON, UK, 22 March 2017 (BBC) - Bones discovered in a cave on Eigg have been linked to a massacre of almost the entire island's population during a clan feud in the 16th Century.

Italian fishermen down rods in dolphin dispute
ROME, Italy, 22 March 2017 (AFP) - Italian fishermen, based on the islands of Lipari and Salina, north of Sicily, say dwindling stocks of squid are making it harder for the dolphins to bring in their own catches - so the famously clever mammals have started targeting their boats.

Tonga gives away thousands of chicks in anti-fat drive
LONDON, UK, 22 March 2017 (BBC) - The authorities in Tonga are delivering thousands of free chicks and ducklings to communities across the country to encourage people to cut down on fatty imported meat.

The Ocean Conference 5-9 June, 2017, New York

13th International Small Island Cultures conference 16-19 June, 2017, St. John's, Newfoundland

European Society for Oceanists conference 29 June-2 July, 2017, Munich, Germany

Islands of the World XV conference 2-8 July, 2017, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Island Invasives conference 10-14 July, 2017, Univ of Dundee, Scotland

15th International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology 31 Aug-2 Sept, 2017, Rhodes, Greece

4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress 4-8 Sept, 2017, La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile

Island Arks Symposium V 23-27 Oct, 2017, Nadi, Fiji

Island Cities & Urban Archipelagos conference 8-12 Nov, 2017, Funchal, Madeira

7th Symposium & School 17-21 Nov, 2017, Univ of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

1st International Conference on Small Island States & Subnational Island jurisdictions 12-14 March, 2018, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten/St Martin

7th International Conference on Environmental Future - Humans and Island environments 19-23 March, 2018, Hawaii

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