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Canada rallies for support on landmark biodiversity deal
MONTREAL, Canada, 7 December 2022 (SPREP) - The 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) in Montreal is underway with the host country Canada showing leadership with a commitment to protect thirty percent of its lands and waters by 2030, and an announcement of CAD $350 million to support developing countries to take action on nature conservation.

Oldest DNA reveals two-million-year-old lost world
LONDON, UK, 7 December 2022 (BBC) - The most ancient DNA ever sequenced reveals what the Arctic looked like two million years ago when it was warmer. Today the area in North Greenland is a polar desert, but the genetic material, extracted from soil, has uncovered a rich array of plants and animals. The scientists found genetic traces of elephant-like mastodons, reindeer and geese that roamed among birch and poplar trees, and of marine life including horseshoe crabs and algae.

Indonesian authorities nip island auction in the bud
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 7 December 2022 (Mongabay) - Indonesian authorities have cracked down on a private developer’s bid to carve out foreign tourism enclaves within a marine reserve in the country’s eastern Widi Islands.

The British island stuck in time
LONDON, UK, 7 December 2022 (BBC) - On the far-flung Channel Island of Sark, life is ingrained with feudal tradition – and driven by horse-drawn carts and wagonettes.

The last count on St Kilda as census captures island life
EDINBURGH, UK 6 December 2022 (Scotsman) - The 1921 Census, which has now been published online, has illuminated those who hung on to island life in the years before it was abandoned in 1930 as well as the tragedies and losses that marked the years in between. 

Burned Moai statues are a symbol of growing tensions
HANGA ROA, Easter Island, 6 December 2022 (Reuters) - Charred Moai stone statues on Easter Island, singed in a wildfire earlier this year, are signs of a growing tension between landowners and conservationists in this tiny, remote island in the middle of the Pacific.

New criminal code rings alarms for environmental protection
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 6 December 2022 (Mongabay) - Indonesia’s parliament has passed into law a sweeping set of amendments to the country’s Criminal Code, which experts have warned will weaken environmental protections.

Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum 17-18 May, 2022, Rhodes, Greece 

Stockholm+50 international environmental meeting 2-3 June, 2022, Stockholm, Sweden

Islands of the World XVIII conference 13-17 June, 2022, Zadar, Croatia

Island Studies International Conference "Creativity, Ingenuity, and Practice" 22-25 June, 2022, Shetland, UK

UN Ocean Conference 27 June-1 July, 2022, Lisbon, Portugal

Virtual Island Summit 26 Sept-2 Oct, 2022

Greening the Islands e_Convention 26-28 Oct, 2022

COP 27
UN Climate Change Conference 6-18 Nov, 2022, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

UN Biodiversity Conference  (COP 15) 7-19 Dec, 2022, Montreal, Canada

5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress 3-9 Feb, 2023, Vancouver, Canada

3rd Critical Tourism Studies-Asia Pacific Conference 13-17 Feb, 2023, Hanoi, Vietnam

Islands in Relations: Conflicts, Sustainability and Peace thematic conference 4-6 April 2023, Osaka, Japan

Island Studies International Conference "Island Innovation, Resilience, and Revitalization" 20-26 June, 2023, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan

13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 6-16 June, 2024, Honolulu, Hawaii