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Taiwan's indigenous groups lose court fight for hunting rights
LONDON, UK, 7 May 2021 (BBC) - Taiwan's indigenous communities have lost an eight-year legal battle over hunting rights. Indigenous groups can only hunt on certain days, using homemade rifles, and need special permission to do so. Campaigners argued that hunting wild game is culturally important to them.

Belgium-sized swath of forest faces the chop from Indonesian palm oil
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 7 May 2021 (Mongabay) - Indonesia could lose an area of tropical rainforest bigger than Belgium to oil palm plantations over the next three years without existing measures to slow this loss, activists warn. This would negate the government’s own commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070.

Former Maldives president injured in explosion
LONDON, UK, 7 May 2021 (BBC) - The former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, has been injured in a suspected bomb blast in the capital, Male. Mr Nasheed, 53, was the first democratically elected president of the Maldives and has been an outspoken critic of hardline Islamists. He won multi-party elections in 2008 but was ousted in a coup four years later.

Law enforcers call for financial approach to fight illegal logging
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 6 May 2021 (Mongabay) - Law enforcement officials in Indonesia have called for using anti-money-laundering statutes to go after illegal loggers.

Shetland Islands: A driving force in clean, renewable energy
GLASGOW, UK, 5 May 2021 (Herald) - With oil and gas activity in the North Sea now well past its peak, Shetland is actively looking to renewables to power the islands and make a substantial contribution to the Shetland Islands economy as jobs and revenues from oil and gas production taper off in the years ahead.

The man on a remote island keeping Napoleon's flame alive
ATLANTA, US, 5 May 2021 (CNN) - Despite its remoteness, St. Helena is known all over the world for its most famous visitor, who died there 200 years ago. Napoleon Bonaparte - the first emperor of France, and conqueror of much of Europe - died at his home, Longwood House, on May 5, 1821. And, two centuries later, his myth still survives on the island, carefully tended to by one man: Michel Dancoisne-Martineau.

GBR Foundation still well short of fundraising target
LONDON, UK, 5 May 2021 (Guardian) - The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has managed to raise just $53.6m towards a $357m fundraising target, according to an auditor general’s review of its controversial partnership with the federal government.

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

UN Ocean Conference 2-6 June, 2020, Lisbon, Portugal

10th Pacific Nature Conservation Conference 24-27 Nov, 2020, Noumea, New Caledonia

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

'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

Greening the Islands e_Convention 19-21 Oct, 2021

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

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