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Palm oil grower looks to make amends for past deforestation
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 28 July 2021 (Mongabay) - A major palm oil grower in Indonesia plans to rehabilitate 38,000 hectares (94,000 acres) in Borneo and New Guinea to make up for its past deforestation and peatland clearing.

Trafficking for traditional medicine threatens the Philippine porcupine
PALAWAN, Philippines, 28 July 2021 (Mongabay) - Endemic to the islands of Palawan province, Philippine porcupines are threatened by habitat loss and, increasingly, by black-market demand for bezoars: stony aggregations of undigested plant material that accumulate in their digestive tracts.

Tidal turbine in Orkney starts generating power
LONDON, UK, 28 July 2021 (BBC) - What's being described as the most powerful tidal turbine device in the world has connected to the grid in Orkney. Orbital Marine Power's O2 tidal turbine is anchored in the Fall of Warness where a subsea cable connects the two-megawatt offshore unit to the local onshore electricity network.

A forest regained in Sumatra is being lost once more
PANDUMAAN-SIPITUHUTA, Indonesia, 27 July 2021 (Mongabay) - The Indigenous community of Pandumaan-Sipituhuta in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province have started replanting frankincense trees in their customary forest after a company had cleared the land to make way for a pulpwood plantation.

Isle of Man government outlines five-year climate change plan
LONDON, UK, 27 July 2021 (BBC) - Phasing out fossil fuel-powered vehicles and harnessing the resources of the ocean are among the Isle of Man government's new plans to tackle climate change. A five-year action plan has been shared in July's sitting of Tynwald.

How sport climbing is helping to revitalize a Greek island
ATHENS, Greece, 27 July 2021 (NatGeog) - Previously known for harvesting high-quality sea sponges, the Greek island of Kalymnos is now one of the world’s top destinations for sport climbing, a new Olympic event.

France declares new protections for Glorioso Islands
PARIS, France, 27 July 2021 (Pew) - The rich waters around the Glorioso Islands - a small but biologically significant territory in the western Indian Ocean between the Seychelles and Madagascar - recently became France’s newest marine protected area.

Pacific Ocean Climate Change Conference 27-29 May, 2020, Apia, Samoa

Island Feminisms Conference Jan-April 2021, Hilo, Hawaii

5th International St Magnus Conference 14-16 April, 2021, Lerwick, Shetland

Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum 20-21 May, 2021 

Islands of the World XVII conference 14-18 June, 2021, St. John's, Newfoundland

Caribbean Conservation Finance Congress 6-8 July 2021 in virtual format

'The island–insularity, archipelagos–a geophilosophical issue' A Summer University, 10-14 July, 2020, Rhodes, Greece

Archipelagic Memory: Intersecting Geographies, Histories and Disciplines conference 4-6 August, 2020, Reduit, Mauritius

World Conservation Congress 3-11 Sept, 2021, Marseille, France

Virtual Island Summit 6-12 Sept, 2021

Greening the Islands e_Convention 19-21 Oct, 2021

COP 26
UN Climate Change Conference 1-12 Nov, 2021, Glasgow, UK

Islands of the World XVIII conference 13-17 June, 2022, Zadar, Croatia

13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 6-16 June, 2024, Honolulu, Hawaii