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Devastation from scallop dredging on 'protected' Scottish seabed
LONDON, UK, 6 October 2022 (Guardian) - The Scottish government designated the seabed around the islands of Canna and Rum, on Scotland’s west coast, as the Small Isles MPA in 2014, to conserve Britain’s only colony of rare fan mussels and other features. New underwater footage taken by environmental campaigners has revealed severe damage to marine life and habitats wreaked by scallop dredgers in “marine protected areas” (MPAs).

Pacific nations gather to consolidate priorities for CITES COP19
APIA, Samoa. 6 October 2022 (SPREP) - Pacific island nations are meeting in Apia, Samoa, to discuss priorities leading up to CITES COP 19 to be held in Panama in November this year. The COP this year is especially important for the Pacific region as there will again be a focus on marine species with proposed listings for sharks and sea cucumbers and further discussions on marine turtles. Many of these species have also been identified as targeted by illegal trade in the Pacific.

Indonesian program pays fishers to collect plastic trash at sea
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 6 October 2022 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian government has launched a program that will pay thousands of traditional fishers to collect plastic trash from the sea. The four-week initiative is part of wider efforts to cut marine plastic waste by 70% by 2025.

Sulawesi islanders grieve land lost to nickel mine
WAWONII ISLAND, Indonesia, 6 October 2022 (Mongabay) - The Harita Group holds a nickel mining concession covering about 1,000 hectares on Wawonii Island. The coconut palm has been a source of food and identity for centuries among the people of Wawonii Island. In the local language wawo means above and ni’i is the word for coconut - Wawonii is an island crowned by coconuts.

Climate Migration: Floods displace villagers in Indonesia
MONDOLIKO, Indonesia, 6 October 2022 (AP) - All the crops had died and the farmed fish had escaped their ponds. The only road to the village was flooded and the water just kept getting higher, says Asiyah, 38, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.

Offshore wind farm is 'best option' for Jersey
ST HELIER, Jersey, 6 October 2022 (JEP) - Environmental concerns arising from any future project to build a wind farm off the coast of Jersey are likely to be outweighed by ‘infinitely worse’ alternative sources of energy, a leading campaigner has said. With positive support within the Bridging Island Plan, and backing from Jersey Electricity, the concept of an offshore wind facility appears to be gaining momentum, especially with a new French project in the Bay of St Brieuc nearing completion.

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