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Guna Yala: The islands where women make the rules
LONDON, UK, 14 August 2018 (BBC) - In the small indigenous territory of Guna Yala off Panama’s eastern coast, a flourishing ‘third gender’ community is defying stereotypes – and venerating women.

AI identifies heat-resistant coral reefs in Indonesia
LONDON, UK, 13 August 2018 (Guardian) - A recent scientific survey off the coast of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia suggests that some shallow water corals may be less vulnerable to global warming than previously thought.

New database to improve aid transparency in Pacific
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 13 August 2018 (RNZ) - A director at the Australian think tank the Lowy Institute says a new database will improve aid transparency in the Pacific and hold donors to account.

Easter Island's society may not have collapsed as previously thought
NEW YORK, US, 13 August 2018 (Newsweek) - The traditional narrative of Easter Island history suggests that it was populated by Polynesian seafarers who went on to build great things but then later destroyed their own society through infighting and over-exploitation of natural resources.

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 13 August 2018 (BBC) - The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050, say researchers.

Leaving Ambae: where evacuation is a way of life
LONDON, UK, 12 August 2018 (Guardian) - Residents of the island in Vanuatu have been forced from their homes by an erupting volcano, not knowing when they will return.

Tens of thousands rally for removal of US base from Okinawa
TOKYO, Japan, 12 August 2018 (AP) - Tens of thousands of protesters in Okinawa vowed to stop the planned relocation of a U.S military base, saying they want it off the southern Japanese island entirely.

Penguin Island's penguins in battle for survival
PERTH, Australia, 12 August 2018 (ABC) - The 12-hectare island is just 600 metres off the coast of Rockingham, in Perth's south, and home to about 1000 little penguins, the largest colony that far west in the world.

ISLAND INSTITUTE
Island Energy Conference 3-5 May, 2018, South Portland, USA

CARIBBEAN STUDIES ASSOC
CSA 43rd annual conference 4-8 June, 2018, Havana, Cuba

ISISA
Islands of the World XVI conference 10-14 June, 2018, Leeuwarden - Terschelling, The Netherlands

SICRI
14th conference on New Directions in Island Studies 16-18 June, 2018, Tatihou Island, France

SCB OCEANIA
5th Congress Conservation in a Changing World 2-6 July, 2018, Wellington, New Zealand

OTIE
10th International Conference on Islands Tourism 7-8 Sept, 2018, Palermo, Italy

ISLAND DYNAMICS
Island Cities & Urban Archipelagos conference 26-29 Sept, 2018, Zhoushan, China

WORLD CAPITAL INSTITUTE
11th Knowledge Cities World Summit 20-22 Nov, 2018, Tenerife, Canary Islands

RETI
Engaging Islands Symposium 23-28 Nov, 2018, St. John's, Newfoundland

ISLAND DYNAMICS
Economics & Development in Microstates, Islands & Arctic conference 30 Nov-3 Dec, 2018, Nuuk, Greenland

GREENING THE ISLANDS
6th International Conference Feb 2019, Boracay, Philippines

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6th symposium 11-15 Feb, 2019, Rottnest Island, Australia

SOCIETY FOR ISLAND BIOLOGY
Third Island Biology conference 8-13 July, 2019, Reunion

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