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Flinders Island community glass recycling project
SALE, Australia, 29 January 2023 (ABC) - Flinders Island, north of Tasmania in Bass Strait, has a waste problem - and locals in the town of Killiecrankie are taking things into their own hands, one bottle at a time. Each bottle is churned by the special glass crushing machine. The bottle goes in, and then out the bottom of the machine, into a tub, falls the cullet.

On Sumatra coast, mangrove clearing sparks scrutiny of loophole
EAST TANJUNG JABUNG, Indonesia, 30 January 2023 (Mongabay) - Last year, a 100-hectare patch of mangrove trees in eastern Sumatra was cleared to make way for an oil palm plantation. Residents say small landowners’ claims were packaged together to form a plantation, averting the need for environmental checks or permits required of a corporate concession.

Indonesia opens its 'ocean account' for marine management
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 30 January 2023 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian government is designing a new scheme to measure over time the benefits provided by the country’s marine and coastal ecosystems for sustainable ocean management. 

Pacific businesses desperate for staff as workers leave
LONDON, UK, 28 January 2023 (Guardian) - For most visitors to the exclusive resort on Taumeasina Island near Apia, Samoa, it is the golden sands and tropical waters that appeal. But for others, the real attraction may be the resort’s staff themselves. Business people from Australia and New Zealand often stay at the resort while visiting Samoa in search of workers to recruit for seasonal jobs back home. Last year more than 6,600 workers left Samoa for seasonal worker programs, double the number leaving before the pandemic.

Kiribati to return to Pacific Islands Forum
LONDON, UK, 30 January 2023 (Guardian) - Kiribati will return to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) ending a dramatic rupture in the region’s peak diplomatic body, Fiji’s new prime minister has announced after visiting the country.

The sense-defying magic of the Pitcairn Islands
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 29 January 2023 (Spinoff) - The supply ship Claymore II stands off the north coast of Pitcairn Island. She rolls in the swells; the water’s far too deep for her to anchor. From the mid-deck, we passengers peer toward the island. Someone points, shouts, “Here they come!” Two aluminium longboats are heading towards the ship, disappearing then reappearing amid the swells.

Small islands behind President Solih's big win
MALE, Maldives, 29 January 2023 (The Edition) - President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's policy of equitable development for all islands appeared to have yielded results as he emerged triumphant in the Maldives Democratic Party's (MDP) primary election held on Saturday. The majority of the 61 percent of votes he won in the competitive election came from smaller islands.