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Seychelles signs landmark debt buyback agreement
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 28 February 2015 (Nation) - Seychelles’ efforts to combine marine conservation and liability management objectives through an innovative structure received a major boost on Wednesday night when it secured a landmark debt buyback agreement with the Paris Club and South Africa, during a meeting in Paris.

Killer frog disease hits Madagascar
LONDON, UK, 26 February 2015 (BBC) - A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report.

Bahamas reefs suffering extensive damage from predicted runoff
GUANA CAY, Bahamas, 26 February 2015 (Caribbean News Now) - The once pristine reef system surrounding the tiny island of Guana Cay in the Abacos islands in The Bahamas has suffered extensive damage since construction of the controversial Baker’s Bay development, environmentalists say.

François Hollande in Philippines for climate change push
LONDON, UK, 26 February 2015 (Guardian) - President François Hollande arrived in the Philippines on Thursday, accompanied by two of France’s leading actresses, to promote the fight against climate change ahead of a crucial summit of world leaders.

Cyprus signs deal to allow Russian navy to use ports
LONDON, UK, 26 February 2015 (BBC) - Russia has signed an agreement with Cyprus to give Russian navy ships access to Cypriot ports.

Pacific islanders struggle to harvest enough rainwater to live
LONDON, UK, 25 February 2015 (Guardian) - Among the Pacific islands, Tuvalu is among the most dependent on rainwater harvesting. Rainfall hasn’t traditionally been a problem in the Pacific island state; the problem has been capturing it.

Geothermal power sources in Aleutian islands being researched
KETCHIKAN, Alaska, 25 February 2015 (SitNews) - Akutan, a small island in Alaska’s Aleutian chain, needs 4.2 million gallons of diesel fuel a year to keep the lights on and the houses warm for its fewer than 400 year-round inhabitants, at a high cost both literally and in terms of environmental damage.

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

Annual conference and summer school 26 June-1 July, 2015, Orkney, Scotland

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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