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|Italian fishermen down rods in dolphin dispute|
ROME, Italy, 22 March 2017 (AFP) - Italian fishermen, based on the islands of Lipari and Salina, north of Sicily, say dwindling stocks of squid are making it harder for the dolphins to bring in their own catches - so the famously clever mammals have started targeting their boats.
|On front line of climate change as Maldives fights rising seas|
LONDON, UK, 20 March 2017 (New Scientist) - The new government, under president Abdulla Yameen, no longer seeks to purchase land elsewhere so the population could relocate should sea level rise make the islands uninhabitable, but is instead determined for the nation to stay put and resist the rising seas with geoengineering projects.
|Unique islands, unique biodiversity|
MANILA, Philippines, 19 March 2017 (BusinessMirror) - The Gigantes Islands are home to some of the most biologically diverse and richest coastal and marine resources, according to the Foundation for the Philippine Environment.
|Indonesian tribes gather amid push to protect homelands|
TANJUNG GUSTA, Indonesia, 17 March 2017 (AFP) - Thousands of Indonesian tribesmen gathered on jungle-clad Sumatra island Friday, as indigenous people push the government to move faster to protect their ancestral homelands.
|Clean seas for a cleaner Pacific|
SUVA, Fiji, 16 March 2017 (SPREP) - Globally, poor waste disposal practises contributes to 80% of marine debris, waste that travels up the food chain or then becomes an unwelcome part of the ocean, the very ocean that is our Pacific lifeblood.
|A new home for Norfolk Island green parrot|
SANTA CRUZ, US, 16 March 2017 (IC) - Conservationists are working on a new approach to protect the endangered Norfolk Island green parrot by relocating chicks to a nearby, invasive species-free island.
|Caribbean islands count on coral to build up coastal resilience|
TEPIC, Mexico, 16 March 2017 (Reuters) - Twice a week, fisherman Romould Compton puts on scuba gear to dive to the seabed and clean tiny elkhorns growing in the coral nursery off the Caribbean island of Carriacou, tending them until they can be transplanted to a damaged reef nearby.
|No let-up in Cyprus bird poaching|
LONDON, UK, 16 March 2017 (BBC) - British authorities in Cyprus have been criticised for failing to effectively tackle the poaching of songbirds on a military base.
|Orangutan stronghold under threat in Borneo|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 14 March 2017 (Mongabay) - A timber plantation company is illegally clearing one of Indonesia’s last coastal peat swamp forests, a carbon reservoir and biodiversity hotspot home to hundreds of endangered orangutans, say observers who are imploring President Joko Widodo’s administration to intervene.
|Children tapped to end child marriage in Indonesia|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 14 March 2017 (IPS) - The Indonesian government is tapping children as advocates against child marriage in this Southeast Asian country where over 340,000 girls get married before they reach 18 years old every year.
|Mama Yuli: The trans women's leader no-one messes with|
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 14 March 2017 (BBC) - Mama Yuli is the leader and protector of Indonesia's transgender women - or Waria, as they are known. Though revered on some of Indonesia's thousands of islands, Waria are increasingly persecuted elsewhere, as a stricter type of Islam takes root.
|50 reefs: A global plan to save corals from extinction|
SYDNEY, Australia, 12 March 2017 (ENS) - Ninety percent of the world’s coral reefs are expected to disappear by 2050 due to climate change, pollution and poor fishing practices. Now, a unique philanthropic coalition has launched 50 Reefs, a plan to save the most critical reefs so once the climate stabilizes they can reseed the entire coral ecosystem.
|SPARKS plugs gap in Caribbean climate research|
KINGSTON, Jamaica, 11 March 2017 (IPS) - Last year a new high-performance ‘Super Computer’ was installed at the University of the West Indies during climate change week. Dubbed SPARKS – short for the Scientific Platform for Applied Research and Knowledge Sharing – the computer is already churning out the ‘big data’ Caribbean SIDS need to accurately forecast and mitigate the effects of climate change on the region.
|Artificial North Sea island|
LONDON, UK, 10 March 2017 (Independent) - A vast artificial island is to be built at Dogger Bank in the North Sea, complete with a harbour, airstrip and homes, to help provide a vast new supply of renewable energy, under plans drawn up by two companies with the blessing of the European Union.
|Brexit crisis motion at islands commission|
LERWICK, UK, 10 March 2017 (Shetland Times) - Worries caused by the Brexit “crisis” were highlighted by councillor Jonathan Wills yesterday when he addressed an international islands commission warning that Shetland is among the communities facing increased uncertainty.
|British-owned cruise ship wrecks one of Indonesia’s best coral reefs|
LONDON, UK, 10 March 2017 (Guardian) - One of the main coral reefs at Raja Ampat, an Indonesian island chain home to perhaps the world’s richest marine biodiversity, was severely damaged last week when a Bahamian-flagged cruise ship smashed into it at low tide, according to an official report.
|Caribbean gearing up for marine resources treaty|
BELMOPAN, Belize, 9 March 2017 (IDN) – The countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have been fine-tuning their positions ahead of the next United Nations preparatory meeting to establish an international legally-binding agreement on sustainable use of marine resources.
|Brown tree snakes are decimating Guam forests|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 8 March 2017 (Seeker) - A non-native snake species that has already wiped out most of Guam's tree-dwelling birds is also decimating the Pacific island's forests.
|An indigenous group reforests its corner of coastal New Guinea|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 7 March 2017 (Mongabay) - Located on the Siretsy river delta in Papua’s Asmat district is the picturesque hamlet of Yepem, the 655 residents of this coastal enclave on the shore of the Arafura Sea continue to eat traditional foods and practice cultural arts despite the rest of Asia’s gallop into the 21st century.
|A Christmas miracle? Perhaps someday|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 6 March 2017 (Mongabay) - Even as two lizard species have vanished forever from Christmas Island, conservationists are working hard to save the remaining reptiles.
|Caribbean awaits Trump moves on climate funding, Paris deal|
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, 5 March 2017 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders worry that with climate change sceptic Donald Trump in the White House, it will be more difficult for small island developing states facing the brunt of climate change to secure the financing necessary to adapt to and mitigate against it.
|148 outlying Japanese islands to get more support|
TOKYO, Japan, 5 March 2017 (Japan News) - The government will designate 148 outlying islands close to Japan’s national borders as “inhabited outlying border islands,” aiming to maintain territorial integrity by increasing the number of inhabitants.
|Maldives plan to embrace mass tourism sparks criticism and outrage|
MALE, Maldives, 3 March 2017 (Guardian) - When Mohamed Nasheed, the young, first democratically elected president of the Maldives, said in 2008 that he was seeking to buy a new homeland to save his people from being inundated by rising sea levels, it made the country of 1,200 coral islands the moral leader in the UN climate talks and helped persuade rich countries to act.
|The two sides of Indonesia’s Baluran National Park|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 2 March 2017 (Mongabay) - Where the savannahs in the southern area of Baluran National Park are stocked more and more with wildlife such as Javan rusa, Water buffalo, and, thanks to breeding efforts, Banteng, those in the northern part are stocked with cattle.
|Will changes to Indonesia’s mining law hurt or help the environment?|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 1 March 2017 (Mongabay) - A recent change to Indonesia’s mineral export regulations has seen it locked into a high-stakes public confrontation with Freeport-McMoRan Inc., the U.S. company that operates one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines in the province of Papua.
|Caribbean leaders want swifter action on climate funding|
ROSEAU, Dominica, 1 March 2017 (IPS) - When Tropical Storm Erika hit the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica on Aug. 27, 2015, it killed more than two dozen people, left nearly 600 homeless and wreaked damages totaling more than a billion dollars.
|Seychelles Blue Bond initiative earns kudos|
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 28 February 2017 (Nation) - Seychelles Blue Bond as an innovative mechanism for financing the Blue economy has received the 2017 Ocean Innovation Challenge award.
|Kalaodi, Tidore’s eco-village|
KALAODI, Indonesia, 28 February 2017 (Mongabay) - August through September is clove harvest season here in this corner of the Maluku Islands. The scent of clove flowers pierces the air over the winding, precipitous roads that lead to Kalaodi.
|Marshall Islands first to ratify global HFC greenhouse gas pact|
OSLO, Norway, 28 February 2017 (Reuters) - The Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean became the first nation on Tuesday to ratify a 2016 accord to cut the use of powerful factory-made greenhouse gases, saying the survival of the nation was at risk from climate change.
|The impacts of industrial-scale sand mining|
LONDON, UK, 27 February 2017 (Guardian) - The most dramatic impact of ocean sand mining is surely felt in Indonesia, where sand miners have completely erased at least two dozen islands since 2005.
|Campbell Island: Mysteries of the Sub-Antarctic|
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 27 February 2017 (NZ Herald) - The identity of a woman abandoned on Campbell Island shortly after it was discovered in 1810, is one of the greatest mysteries of the Sub-Antarctic.
|Maritime boundary dispute between Timor-Leste and Australia|
MELBOURNE, Australia, 27 February 2017 (IPS) - Timor-Leste wants the permanent maritime border between itself and Australia to lie along the median line. This would give sovereign rights to Timor-Leste over the potentially-lucrative Greater Sunrise oil and gas fields.
|UN campaigns to turn the tide on ocean plastics|
BALI, Indonesia, 26 February 2017 (ENS) - An unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter within five years was launched this week by UN Environment, the United Nations agency formerly known as UNEP.
|Rail link in Andaman Islands could threaten tribals|
BENGALURU, India, 24 February 2017 (Asia Times) - Anthropologists are concerned over the implications of a proposed railway line linking Port Blair, the capital of the island chain, with Diglipur, the largest town of North Andaman Island.
|Kiribati rejects Russian's proposal over islands|
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 24 February 2017 (RNZ) - The Kiribati government has rejected a proposal by a Russian businessman and monarchist who wanted to use three of the country's uninhabited islands to revive the Romanov empire.
|Study finds more than 350k trees illegally felled in Madagascar|
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 23 February 2017 (Mongabay) - A study released this month by TRAFFIC, an NGO that monitors the wildlife trade, finds that governance has been so lacking in the forests of Madagascar in recent years that hundreds of thousands of trees have been illegally cut down in protected areas.
|Oceans and SIDS: First think opportunity, then think blue|
NEW YORK, US, 22 February 2017 (UNDP) - SIDS are thinking differently, especially when it comes to the ocean. Their self-characterization as Large Ocean States is more than symbolic, more than just words. It represents a re-think on opportunities and challenges for small island states.