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Organic farmers cultivate rural success in Samoa
SALELOLOGA, Samoa, 17 September 2014 (IPS) - Rural farming families in Samoa, a small island developing state in the central South Pacific Ocean, are reaping the rewards of supplying produce to the international organic market with the help of a local women’s business organisation.

Norfolk Island could legalise same-sex marriage
LONDON, UK, 17 September 2014 (Guardian) - Same-sex marriage could be legalised on Norfolk Island by the end of the year potentially triggering a tourism boom.

Blue Halo: A conservation flagship, or death knell for fishermen?
CODRINGTON, Barbuda, 16 September 2014 (IPS) - Local fishermen are singing the blues over a sweeping set of new ocean management regulations, signed into law by the Barbuda Council, to zone their coastal waters, strengthen fisheries management, and establish a network of marine sanctuaries.

Indonesia moves to stop forest fire pollution
LONDON, UK, 16 September 2014 (Guardian) - Indonesia’s parliament on Tuesday voted to ratify a regional agreement on cross-border haze as fires ripped through forests in west of the country, choking neighbouring Singapore with hazardous smog.

Experimental ecosystem accounts for Mauritius show benefits
WASHINGTON, US, 15 September 2014 (WAVES) - Experimental ecosystem accounts constructed in Mauritius bring together a broad range of data, and can help assess sustainable development policies with respect to ecosystem capital resilience, and adaptability to climate change - a critical issue for SIDS facing threats such as a rise in sea level, extreme weather events, coastal erosion and ecosystem destruction.

Whaling: Greenland hunt gets okay, Iceland blasted
PORTOROZ, Slovenia, 15 September 2014 (AFP) - The International Whaling Commission gave aboriginal Greenlanders the go-ahead Monday to kill hundreds of whales even as Iceland came under fire for contravening a ban on commercial hunting.

ISISA
Islands of the World XIII conference 22-27 Sept, 2014, Penghu Islands, Taiwan

SAILS FOR SCIENCE
International Workshop on Island Challenges - Solid Waste Management 1-3 Oct, 2014, Samos, Greece

APAN
4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 1-3 Oct, 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

CREF
Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum 6-8 Oct, 2014, Miami, US

CBD
COP 12 Meeting 6-17 Oct, 2014, Pyeongchang, Korea

ISLAND DYNAMICS
Island cities and urban archipelagos conference 21-25 Oct, 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

IUCN
World Parks Congress, 12-19 Nov, 2014, Sydney, Australia

UNIV OF MALTA
Global Environmental Change & Small Islands symposium 1-5 Dec, 2014, Valletta, Malta

CAFF
Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2-4 Dec, 2014, Trondheim, Norway

PACIFIC HISTORY ASSOC
21st Biennial Conference 3-4 Dec, 2014, Taiwan

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

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

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