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African Parks backs Bazaruto Archipelago National Park
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 14 December 2017 (Mongabay) - The conservation NGO African Parks  signed an agreement earlier this month to manage Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique for the next 25 years.

Papuan villagers give their support for a conservation zone
TAMBRAUW, Indonesia, 14 December 2017 (Mongabay) - It took more than two hours by boat, through a driving rain, to reach the village of Saubeba from the nearest large town of Sausapor in Indonesia’s West Papua province.

How Greenland would look without its ice sheet
LONDON, UK, 14 December 2017 (BBC) - Scientists have produced a stunning visualisation of Greenland – without its ice cover. It is made from decades of survey data that show the position and shape of the territory’s bedrock, and the surrounding seafloor.

Storm-hit Puerto Rico starving for tourists
FAJARDO, Puerto Rico, 13 December 2017 (AFP) - Until Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Jose Figueroa did brisk business renting kayaks to tourists itching to see a lagoon that lights up by night thanks to millions of microorganisms.

Seychelles Aldabra, Amirantes groups to become protected areas
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 13 December 2017 (SNA) - Two new areas - around the Aldabra and Amirantes groups - will by February next year be designated as protected areas as part of a six-year public process called the Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan Initiative.

Push for two Australian islands to be named on World Heritage List
SYDNEY, Australia, 13 December 2017 (SMH) - Moreton Bay’s indigenous people want North Stradbroke and Moreton islands and parts of Moreton Bay included on UNESCO's World Heritage List like Fraser Island.

RSPO certification prunes deforestation in Indonesia
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 12 December 2017 (Mongabay) - New research demonstrates that sustainability certification through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil does cut down on deforestation in Indonesia’s palm oil industry but don’t appear to be saving a very large area of forest.

CITES rejects Madagascar's bid to sell rosewood and ebony stockpiles
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 12 December 2017 (Mongabay) - In August, the government of Madagascar drafted a business plan to sell its stockpiles of rosewood and ebony - hundreds of thousands of logs.

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

Senses & Sensibility conference 24-25 Oct, 2017, Funchal, Madeira

19th Assembly 30 Oct-2 Nov, 2018, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

4th International Conference 3-4 November, 2017, Favignana, Italy

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 11-14 March, 2018, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten/St Martin

Archipelagos and Aquapelagos conference 30 March-1 April, 2018, New York, US

7th International Conference on Environmental Future - Humans and Island environments 16-20 April, 2018, Hawaii

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

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

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

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