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Western Indian Ocean valued at US$333.8 billion but at a crossroads
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 24 January 2017 (WWF) - A groundbreaking new report finds the ocean assets of the Western Indian Ocean region are valued conservatively at US$333.8 billion but foreshadows significant challenges for the region’s ocean-based economies and food supplies in the absence of stronger conservation actions.

White House vows to stop China taking South China Sea islands
WASHINGTON, US. 23 January 2017 (Reuters) - The new administration of Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has warned would require Washington to "wage war."

Caribbean sustainable energy forum gets underway in Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas, 23 January 2017 (CSEF) - The focus of the three-day event, designed around an agenda of constructive engagement, is the region’s transformation from a fossil fuel base to sustainable energy.

Establishing protected areas on the outer islands of Seychelles
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 23 January 2017 (Nation) - Seychelles’ existing protected area system is primarily situated in the inner granitic islands, yet the outer coralline islands make up more than half of the total number of islands within the archipelago.

US officials visit Manus Island
LONDON, UK, 23 January 2017 (Guardian) - The deal to resettle refugees from Australia’s offshore detention islands to the US appears to be proceeding in the early days of the Trump administration, with US officials visiting Manus Island to speak to refugees.

Bridge through Borneo wildlife sanctuary moving forward
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 22 January 2017 (Mongabay) - For more than a year, scientists and conservationists have argued that the 350-meter Sukau bridge crossing the Kinabatangan River in the Malaysian state of Sabah would hurt wildlife populations and a blossoming ecotourism market more than it would boost local economies.

Channel Islands single market deal is one to look at for Scotland
GLASGOW, Scotland, 22 January 2017 (Herald) - Separate EU and single market arrangements such as those for the Channel Islands strengthen the case for Scotland to obtain a separate Brexit deal from the rest of the UK, according to a leading tax and politics expert.