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Working together for Niue's protected areas
APIA, Samoa, 20 March 2019 (SPREP) - Niue ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1996 signalling its commitment to conserve and sustainably use its biodiversity.



Linking the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Reunion
WASHINGTON, US, 20 March 2019 (WOTR) - Strategic islands played a key role in establishing the British empire’s dominance over the Indian Ocean region. Through a ring of bases and naval presence on islands, the British essentially controlled the entry points into this crucial area.



Not one, but two new points of tension for France in the Pacific
PORT VILA, Vanuatu, 19 March 2019 (PACNEWS) - Two tiny and uninhabited islands in the middle of the Pacific that have, to date, appeared relatively uninteresting have revived deep tensions between France and Vanuatu.



Portugal's Berlenga Island welcomes newest inhabitant
CAMBRIDGE, UK, 19 March 2019 (BirdLife) - For the first time since records began, a Band-rumped storm petrel has hatched on Berlenga, the largest island of the Berlengas archipelago – a set of small islands northwest of Lisbon.



Indonesia wins $2.52 million settlement for coral damage
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 19 March 2019 (Mongabay) - Indonesia has clinched a $2.52 million settlement from the operators of two foreign-flagged ships that damaged coral reefs in the sea off southeastern Sumatra in 2017.



An island mapped for mines gets a reprieve after violent protests
KENDARI, Indonesia, 19 March 2019 (Mongabay) - A coil of barbed wire separated Southeast Sulawesi Deputy Governor Lukman Abunawas and his police escort from the angry crowd as he read out the statement they had long been waiting for.



Hong Kong to spend $108b on building artificial islands
HONG KONG, 19 March 2019 (ST) - The government of Hong Kong plans to spend HK$624 billion ($108 billion), equivalent to half its fiscal reserves, to reclaim land for artificial islands that will help ease the city's housing crunch.



Green light for Shetland subsea link but Western Isles rejected
LONDON, UK, 19 March 2019 (BBC) - Plans to lay a £709m subsea electricity cable from Shetland to the Scottish mainland have been provisionally approved by Ofgem.