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Traditional Fijian leaders back natural ways to curb climate change
APIA, Samoa, 26 August 2016 (SPREP) - Traditional leaders on the island of Taveuni in Fiji are discussing ways to restore and protect their natural ecosystems as a viable way forward for their island.

Falklands and Montserrat sign environment partnership accord
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 26 August 2016 (MercoPress) - UK Overseas Territories governments of the Falkland Islands and Montserrat have signed an agreement that facilitates a Territory to Territory partnership with the purpose of transferring knowledge and skills from the South Atlantic and the Caribbean. The skills and knowledge transfer will focus on information management and marine spatial planning.

Hawaii is now home to an ocean reserve twice the size of Texas
WASHINGTON, US, 26 August 2016 (NatGeog) - Capping a week of 100th anniversary celebrations for the National Park Service, President Barack Obama on Friday turned to the ocean to create the largest protected area anywhere on Earth - a half-million-square-mile arc of remote Pacific waters known for both exceptional marine life and importance to native Hawaiian culture.

Aceh governor eyes geothermal project in Mount Leuser NP
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 26 August 2016 (Mongabay) - The governor of Indonesia’s Aceh province is moving forward with a plan to rezone part of Mount Leuser National Park for geothermal development, despite opposition from conservationists who say the project threatens key rhino and orangutan populations.

Philippines drugs war: The woman who kills dealers for a living
LONDON, UK, 26 August 2016 (BBC) - The Philippines is in the midst of a brutal war on drugs sanctioned by the controversial President Rodrigo Duterte, which has seen almost 2,000 killings in a matter of weeks.

Cuba seeks to expand role of renewable energy
HAVANA, Cuba, 25 August 2016 (CNS) - The government of Cuba and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are holding a workshop on approaches to operating and planning electricity systems with higher shares of variable renewable energy in the island nation of Cuba.

Global warming is melting the Greenland Ice Sheet, fast
LONDON, UK, 25 August 2016 (Guardian) - The Greenland Ice Sheet is losing 110,000 Olympic size swimming pools worth of water each year.

23rd Pacific Science Congress 13-17 June, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan

12th International Small Island Cultures conference 17-20 June, 2016, Naha, Okinawa

Island Biology conference 18-22 July, 2016, Azores, Portugal

Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Region 26-28 July, 2016, Lautoka, Fiji

World Conservation Congress 1-10 Sept, 2016, Hawaii

Protecting marine and coastal areas in the UK Overseas Territories conference 21 Sept, 2016, London, UK

Island Tourism Symposium 18-19 Nov, 2016, Valletta, Malta

Rethinking Remoteness and Peripherality conference 16-19 January 2017, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

World Ocean Summit 22-24 Feb, 2017, Bali, Indonesia

Local Sustainable Development and Global Challenges conference 15-20 May, 2017, Sakhalin, Russia

Islands of the World XV conference 2-8 July, 2017, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Island Invasives conference 10-14 July, 2017, Univ of Dundee, Scotland

7th International Conference on Environmental Future - Humans and Island environments 17-21 July, 2017,

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