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Controlled eco-tourism mooted in 21 islands in Gulf of Mannar
RAMESWARAM, India, 25 January 2015 (The Hindu) - Scientists and other stakeholders of the coastal biodiversity have recommended conservation and livelihood oriented eco-tourism to the uninhabited islands in the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park in the Gulf of Mannar.

The islanders who don't want a bridge to the mainland
CHILOE, Chile, 25 January 2015 (BBC) - A group of islands once visited by Charles Darwin could soon find itself at one end of Latin America's longest bridge. But not everyone in Chiloe, off the coast of Chile, is happy about it.

Great Barrier Reef: Greg Hunt orders dumping ban
LONDON, UK, 24 January 2015 (Guardian) - The federal government has moved to ban the dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef marine park as it lobbies to stop the reef being declared “in danger”.

South Georgia rat eradication mission sets sail
LONDON, UK, 24 January 2015 (BBC) - A team sets out on Saturday on the final leg of a mission to eradicate rats from the island of South Georgia, with the aim of "reclaiming the island for its seabirds".

Relief as islands are thrown funding lifeline
CORK, Ireland, 23 January 2015 (Irish Examiner) - Vital funding for Ireland’s non-Gaeltacht islands, most of which are off Cork, has been secured for the year.

Jamaica considers marijuana legalisation and production
LONDON, UK, 22 January 2015 (BBC) - The Jamaican cabinet has approved a bill that legalises the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Cook Islands launch green initiative
RAROTONGA, Cook Islands, 21 January 2015 (SPREP) - The wheels are turning in the Cook Islands as a "50 days for 50 years" bicycle and walking initiative commences as part of the island nation’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

Free online open course Pathways to climate change adaptation: the case of SIDS 26 Jan-28 Feb, 2015

Caribbean Studies Association 40th annual conference 25-29 May, 2015, New Orleans, USA

Climate Change in Culture conference 28-31 May, 2015, Prince Edward Island, Canada

9th International Conference on Easter Island 21-26 June, 2015, Berlin, Germany

11th International Small Island Cultures Conference 22-25 June, 2015, Gozo, Malta

European Society for Oceanists conference 24-27 June, 2015, Brussels, Belgium

52nd ATBC conference 12-16 July, 2015, Honolulu, Hawaii

14th International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology 3-5 Sept, 2015, Rhodes, Greece

North Atlantic Forum 17-19 Sept, 2015, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Indigenous Resources: Decolonization and Development conference 30 Sept-4 Oct, 2015, Nuuk, Greenland

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos conference 7-11 March, 2016, Hong Kong

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