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Bougainville: Former war-torn territory still wary of mining
CANBERRA, Australia, 22 May 2015 (IPS) - From Arawa, once the capital city of Bougainville, an autonomous region in eastern Papua New Guinea in the southwest Pacific Ocean, a long, winding road leads high up into the Crown Prince Ranges in the centre of the island through impenetrable rainforest.

Caribbean looks to France as key partner in climate financing
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 22 May 2015 (IPS) - By the time leaders of the international community sit down in Paris later this year to discuss climate change, at least two Caribbean leaders are hoping that France can demonstrate its commitment to assisting their adaptation efforts by re-joining the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank.

Norfolk Islanders adjust to shock of takeover by mainland
LONDON, UK, 21 May 2015 (Guardian) - As Air New Zealand flight 762 touches down on Norfolk Island, an external territory of Australia 1,412km east of the New South Wales north coast, residents of the island gather below, waving the territory’s green-and-white flag.

Eriskay's bumpy football pitch wows Fifa
LONDON, UK, 21 May 2015 (BBC) - A football pitch on the Western Isles has been recognised by Fifa as one of eight remarkable places to play the game in the world.

The Svalbard seed bank contains the world’s most prized crops
LONDON, UK, 20 May 2015 (Guardian) - One Tuesday last winter, in the town nearest to the North Pole, Robert Bjerke turned up for work at his regular hour and looked at the computer monitor on his desk to discover, or so it seemed for a few horrible moments, that the future of human civilisation was in jeopardy.

Shunned by much of Asia, migrants welcomed in Aceh
LANGSA, Indonesia, 20 May 2015 (AFP) - From rescuing migrants at sea to donating all they can, residents of Indonesia's Islamic Aceh province are warmly welcoming hundreds of desperate fellow Muslims who have fled their homelands -- a contrast to the rejection they face elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

Hawaii plots road map to lead the world in renewable energy by 2045
WASHINGTON, US, 20 May 2015 (E&E) - The goal passed by Hawaii's Legislature this month to some sounds like a blueprint for a future utopian world: 100 percent renewable power. But lawmakers in the Aloha State want it to happen in 30 years.

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

Sustaining Partnerships conference 11-15 July, 2016, Gibraltar

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 16-19 Sept, 2015, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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

Symposium IV 20-27 February, 2016, Norfolk Island, Australia

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

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