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BVI first to launch financing framework for climate change issues
ROAD TOWN, BVI, 30 March 2015 (Caribbean News Now) - The British Virgin Islands became the first Caribbean territory and a leader amongst small island states globally in establishing the policy and financing framework needed to address the causes and impacts of climate change.

Japan overrules Okinawa governor
LONDON, UK, 30 March 2015 (BBC) - Japan's fisheries minister has overruled an order by the Okinawa governor suspending work on a new US military base, in a growing stand-off.

Caribbean cocoa inspires the world's chocolatiers
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, 28 March 2015 (Caribbean News Now) - The popularity of dark chocolate throughout the world has surpassed just being a flavour of the month.

4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 28 March 2015 (AP) - The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an AP investigation to have been enslaved.

Great Barrier Reef protection zones help boost fish stocks
LONDON, UK, 27 March 2015 (Guardian) - The expansion of no-fishing zones across the Great Barrier Reef has allowed fish numbers to rebound in some places to levels not seen since European arrival in Australia, a long-term study of the ecosystem has shown.

Indian government to develop 700 islands for tourism
NEW DELHI, India, 27 March 2015 (Times of India) - Many of the over 700 uninhabited islands across India will be developed for tourism, filmmaking, entertainment activities, as honeymoon destinations, maritime security and also for generating non-conventional energy - both wind and solar.

Turkey rejects Greek territorial claims on Aegean islands
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 26 March 2015 (Zaman) - Turkey's defense minister has rejected Greek territorial claims over a number of contested islands close to the Turkish coast in the Aegean Sea as invalid, and called the archipelago of islets Turkish islands, injecting a fresh element of friction to the intractable Aegean dispute.

Tasmania's swift parrot set to follow the dodo
ROCKVILLE, US, 26 March 2015 (ScienceDaily) - The iconic Tasmanian swift parrot is facing population collapse and could become extinct within 16 years, new research has found.

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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