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Excitement over wooden shipwreck found in Antigua's seabed
ENGLISH HARBOUR, Antigua, 25 July 2021 (BBC) - Here at the Antigua Naval Dockyard, historic anchors, cannons and capstans are on bountiful display, testimony to the pivotal role it played as a safe harbour for Royal Navy warships protecting Britain's valuable sugar-producing islands.

Indonesia's Gorontalo road swerves environmental checks
GORONTALO, Indonesia, 26 July 2021 (Mongabay) - A troubled road project bisecting forests and mountains in Indonesia’s northern Gorontalo province has not complied with environmental checks required by law, according to interviews with local officials, prosecutors and environmental researchers.

Nine Fiji opposition MPs arrested over criticism of land bill
LONDON, UK, 26 July 2021 (Guardian) - Nine prominent opposition politicians – including two former prime ministers – have been arrested in Fiji for voicing concerns about a contentious land bill, leading to fears the Fijian government is using the police as a “political weapon” to intimidate and crack down on dissent.

Firefighters battle wildfires raging across south-west Sardinia
LA MADDALENA, Italy, 26 July 2021 (Guardian) - Firefighters are working to put out wildfires that have spread quickly across parts of south-western Sardinia, destroying 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of forest and forcing 1,500 people to be evacuated from their homes.  

Southwest Japan islands added to UNESCO World Heritage list
TOKYO, Japan, 26 July 2021 (KN) - The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO decided during an online session to list as Japan's fifth World Natural Heritage site the 43,000 hectare area, comprising Amami-Oshima Island and Tokunoshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture as well as the northern part of the main Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island in Okinawa Prefecture.

Macron backs heritage bid of remote Polynesian islands
ATUONA, French Polynesia, 26 July 2021 (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday backed a bid by the Marquesas Islands to gain UNESCO world heritage status. Macron, the first head of state to visit the remote archipelago in French Polynesia, was greeted by a traditional ceremony of 600 dancers and musicians from its six islands.

'Prison island' birthplace of EU reborn as think-tank venue
ROME, Italy, 26 July 2021 (EU Observer) - This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Ventotene Manifesto, the European Union's building block. Celebrations have kicked-off on two small twin islands off the coast of Rome which are considered the 'cradle' of Europe - and are pushing for greater integration.

Elephant Island: An oasis for Fin Whales
OTTAWA, Canada, 26 July 2021 (Hakai) - A hydrophone reveals a vital Antarctic feeding and breeding ground for the world’s second-largest whale.

Sundarbans: Why the world's largest mangrove forest is sinking
LONDON, UK, 23 July 2021 (BBC) - Their ancestors have lived in the Sundarban delta on the Bay of Bengal for centuries, but thousands of people are now leaving the region because of climate change. Violent annual storms which batter the delta, rising sea levels and melting ice from the Himalaya mountains, are gradually overwhelming the low-lying islands.

Better logging regulations 'last best hope' for Solomon Islands
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 23 July 2021 (Mongabay) - Kolombangara is one of more than 900 islands that make up the Solomon Islands, where timber is a major export and logging continues at 19 times the sustainable rate. The island’s lowland forests have been intensively harvested since the mid-1960s; only the steep forests above 400 meters (1,300 feet) remain largely intact.

Why is the Great Barrier Reef in trouble?
LONDON, UK, 23 July 2021 (BBC) - The Great Barrier Reef has not been added to the Unesco list of World Heritage Sites that are "in danger", following strong lobbying from Australia. A report from Unesco had said that not enough was being done to protect the reef from climate change or to meet water quality targets. But Unesco's World Heritage Committee has decided to give Australia more time.

Samoa's political crisis ends and first female prime minister installed
LONDON, UK, 23 July 2021 (Guardian) - Samoa’s months-long political crisis has been brought to a close and the Pacific nation has its first female prime minister after a ruling of the country’s court of appeal this afternoon.

Scottish islanders angry at failing ferry service
LONDON, UK, 23 July 2021 (Guardian) - For thousands of people and businesses up and down the west coast islands of Scotland, this summer has been marred by repeated crises affecting ferry services run by the state-funded CalMac. Its ageing fleet of red, black and white ferries has been hit by breakdowns, service cancellations and diversions, exacerbated by severe restrictions on passenger numbers because of Scotland’s strict Covid rules, cutting capacity by roughly 65%.

Haitians reflect on the past while confronting the future
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 22 July 2021 (NatGeog) - As Haiti prepares to bury assassinated President Jovenel Moïse, older Haitians share memories of life before and during a long history of turmoil, as well as times when growing up on this island felt safe, liberating even.

Deadly coral disease sweeping Caribbean
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, 22 July 2021 (Guardian) - A virulent and fast-moving coral disease that has swept through the Caribbean could be linked to waste or ballast water from ships, according to research. The deadly infection, known as stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD), was first identified in Florida in 2014, and has since moved through the region, causing great concern among scientists.

Sri Lanka's old buses are a new home for marine life
GALLE, Sri Lanka, 21 July 2021 (Mongabay) - The Sri Lankan government has recently been sinking decommissioned buses and boats at selected sites off the country’s coast to serve as fish-breeding sites. Initial observations are encouraging, with marine life starting to flock to these artificial structures; conservationists say the project needs to be regularly monitored.

Invasive lionfish threatens ecosystems in Med
LONDON, UK, 22 July 2021 (Guardian) - Non-native lionfish have become increasingly common in parts of the Mediterranean in recent years, threatening local ecosystems and posing a hazard to humans through their venomous spines.

Indonesia to send more tuna vessels out into international waters
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 22 July 2021 (Mongabay) - Indonesia is boosting its tuna-fishing fleet in the high seas, taking advantage of increased harvest quotas. In addition to the fleet expansion, the ministry also has plans to adopt a tuna-harvest strategy for the country’s waters; limit the number of operating fish aggregating devices; and reduce the carbon footprint of its vessels.

Pacific Islands Leaders meet with the COP26 President-Designate
LONDON, UK, 22 July 2021 (GOV.UK) - The Pacific-UK High Level Climate Dialogue brought together Pacific Islands Leaders with the COP26 President Designate in an important milestone ahead of COP26 in Glasgow this November. 

The battle for Indonesia's Gold Island
LONDON, UK, 21 July 2021 (BBC) - A Canadian-listed mining company has been granted a concession over more than half of an Indonesian island. Environmentalists say the gold mine threatens Sangihe island's ancient forests, which are home to endemic birds, and locals fear it will affect their water supply.

Rio Tinto to fund study of environmental damage caused by mine
LONDON, UK, 21 July 2021 (Guardian) - Thirty-two years since it fled Bougainville island, Rio Tinto has promised to fund an independent assessment of the ongoing environmental damage caused by its Panguna mine, a move landowners have welcomed as “a start” towards repairing decades of contamination.

Sicilian towns face bankruptcy over Etna clean-up costs
PALERMO, Italy, 21 July 2021 (Guardian) - Dozens of Sicilian towns face bankruptcy due to the cost of cleaning up the volcanic ash left by Mount Etna, which has been erupting regularly since February.

The Spanish island that communicates by whistle
LONDON, UK, 21 July 2021 (BBC) - On the small Canary Island of La Gomera, an ancient whistling language that once almost died out is now undergoing an exciting revival.

Sakhalin island set for carbon capture deal with Japanese firm
YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, Russia, 21 July 2021 (Reuters) - The Russian Pacific island of Sakhalin is close to a cooperation agreement with a Japanese company on carbon capture and storage technology as it moves to carbon neutrality by 2025.

Philippines banks on new fisheries management system
PALAWAN, Philippines, 21 July 2021 (Mongabay) - The Philippines introduced a new fisheries management framework to curb illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in 2019. Amid the slow rollout of the framework, artisanal fishers say they are threatened by a new bill in Congress that seeks to allow domestic commercial vessels within municipal waters, a practice that is banned under the prevailing fisheries law.

Crocodiles in the Philippines snap back
PALAWAN, Philippines, 20 July 2021 (Mongabay) - In mangrove-rich Palawan, residents are advised to steer clear of crocodile habitats as the hatching season makes the reptiles more aggressive.

Haiti's crisis reaches full throttle
LONDON, UK, 19 July 2021 (Guardian) - Incessant foreign meddling and corrupt elites have ensured life for Haitians remains mired in violence and poverty. President Moïse’s assassination marks an escalating catastrophe.

Chinese Unesco official defends plan to list GBR as 'in danger'
LONDON, UK, 19 July 2021 (Guardian) - The Chinese host of a United Nations world heritage committee has defended a proposal to label the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”, and rejected Australian government suspicion that China influenced the finding for political reasons.

Scotland's mysterious ancient artificial islands
LONDON, UK, 19 July 2021 (BBC) - The piece of land poking out of the Hebridean loch is an example of a remarkable form of a man-made island known as a crannog, which were created in multitudes via an inspiring blend of ingenuity and effort. 

Volunteers tackle Bali's plastic problem during pandemic
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 16 July 2021 (Global Voices) - Numerous grassroots movements, NGOs, and volunteers are using Indonesia’s pandemic border closure to battle Bali’s long-standing plastic pollution problem, cleaning up rivers and forests that have been littered with tourism-related plastic and trash.

Protection of Seychelles marine and coastal areas
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 19 July 2021 (Nation) - Seychelles has made significant progress towards increasing the total coverage of its marine protected areas as the country has declared marine and coastal areas as protected, representing 26.4% of its exclusive economic zone.

France, South Pacific nations to combat 'predatory' fishing
PARIS, France, 19 July 2021 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday France and South Pacific nations would launch a South Pacific coastguard network to counter "predatory" behaviour, which an adviser said was aimed at illegal fishing, as China expands its maritime reach.

Secrets of rebel slaves in Barbados will finally be revealed
LONDON, UK, 18 July 2021 (Observer) - Little is yet known of Bussa, the man behind the largest slave revolt on Barbados in 1816, but information about his life before this uprising could well lie in the columns of contemporary island newspapers.

Unease in the air as Cyprus 'ghost town' rises from the ruins of war
VAROSHA, Cyprus, 18 July 2021 (Observer) - Not so long ago the very notion of the eastern Mediterranean’s most famous ghost town being resurrected as a 21st-century theme park would have been unthinkable. For more than four decades there has been almost no movement among ruins of war left to rot with the passage of time.

Indonesian lawmakers pass controversial bill to reshape West Papua
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 16 July 2021 (RNZ) - The Revision of the Special Autonomy Law for the provinces of Papua and West Papua was ratified by Indonesian lawmakers despite widespread opposition by Papuans who have been calling instead for an independence referendum.

UN body signals 'deep concern' over Barbuda resort for uber-rich
NEW YORK, US, 17 July 2021 (Independent) - The leading UN body on human rights has expressed “deep concerns” over a sprawling resort marketed exclusively to the uber-rich being built on Barbuda, a tiny Caribbean island ravaged by recent hurricanes, and one of the last places on Earth to be communally owned.

Lonely apple tree on uninhabited Hebridean island baffles scientists
LONDON, UK, 13 July 2021 (Independent) - Hidden amongst mossy crags on an uninhabited outer-Hebridean island of Scotland's west coast, a rare example of a pure European crab apple tree species has been surviving, likely since the end of the last ice age, scientists have suggested.

Argentina becomes first country to ban open-net salmon farming
LONDON, UK, 8 July 2021 (Independent) - Argentina's southernmost province has banned the use of intensive open-net salmon farms due to serious concerns about the impact the large cages, which can each contain tens of thousands of fish, could have on the marine environment and local economy. The ban covers the maritime jurisdictions and lakes of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands - an area with around 175,000 inhabitants.

Greenland halts new oil exploration
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 16 July 2021 (ArticToday) - After spending nearly half a century on a largely unsuccessful search for oil in Greenland, that county’s elected government has now called a halt to future exploration. The decision by the coalition government that has held office since May marks a major about face for Greenland, which once saw income from oil as the fastest way to achieve the economic independence that would propel it to political independence from Denmark.

Greenland government ready to outlaw uranium mining
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 14 July 2021 (ArcticToday) - Greenland has taken the first step towards outlawing uranium mining after lawmakers there proposed a stricter version of a ban that the country’s national assembly overturned in 2013.

Indonesian former fisheries minister jailed for bribery
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 18 July 2021 (Mongabay) - An Indonesian court has sentenced disgraced former fisheries minister Edhy Prabowo to five years in jail in relation to a controversial policy to resume exports of lobster larvae.

Kiribati Olympic judo hopeful wants to combat domestic violence
LONDON, UK, 16 July 2021 (Guardian) - Kinaua Biribo says she wants to empower women in the Pacific island nation, where almost 60% of men have perpetrated intimate partner violence.

Cleantech entrepreneurs driving a green recovery in Barbados
VIENNA, Austria, 16 July 2021 (IPS) - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is supporting the Government of Barbados with the establishment of BLOOM, the Caribbean’s first cleantech cluster.

UN sets out Paris-style plan to cut extinction rate by factor of 10
LONDON, UK, 12 July 2021 (Guardian) - Eliminating plastic pollution, reducing pesticide use by two-thirds, halving the rate of invasive species introduction and eliminating $500bn (£360bn) of harmful environmental government subsidies a year are among the targets in a new draft of a Paris-style UN agreement on biodiversity loss.

Pacific Islanders have tried to flee the climate crisis
NEW YORK, US, 8 July 2021 (CNN) - The climate crisis has been thrashing the Pacific Islands, causing drought, coral reef bleaching, more powerful storms and sea level rise. Super Typhoon Yutu in 2018 left thousands in the US territories of Saipan and Tinian without homes, power and running water for months. At least 57 percent of the infrastructure in the Pacific Islands will be threatened by rising sea levels during this century, according to a United Nations report.

Resilience, not collapse: What the Easter Island myth gets wrong
NEW YORK, US, 13 July 2021 (Phys.org) - You probably know this story, or a version of it: On Easter Island, the people cut down every tree, perhaps to make fields for agriculture or to erect giant statues to honor their clans. This foolish decision led to a catastrophic collapse, with only a few thousand remaining to witness the first European boats landing on their remote shores in 1722. But did the demographic collapse at the core of the Easter Island myth really happen? The answer, according to new research by Binghamton University anthropologists Robert DiNapoli and Carl Lipo, is no.

Colombia ex-soldiers 'in on plot to kill Haiti president'
LONDON, UK, 15 July 2021 (BBC) - Colombia's President Iván Duque says some of the Colombian suspects in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse had "detailed knowledge" of the plan to kill the leader. Mr Moïse was shot dead last week in his home and his wife injured.

Rats took over this Pacific island but drones are leading the fightback
LONDON, UK, 16 July 2021 (Wired) - According to research by a conservation biologist, Polynesians introduced R. exulans (the Polynesian rat) to Tetiaroa atoll – a six-kilometre-square island in French Polynesia – around 1,000 years ago, while European explorers brought the R. rattus (black rat) variety to the atoll in the 1970s. Which just happened to be around the same time Marlon Brando built a small village on the atoll after filming Mutiny on the Bounty near Tahiti.

Magdalen Islands tourism leads to homelessness
MONTREAL, Canada, 16 July 2021 (CBC) - Quebec's Magdalen Islands may be a summertime paradise for tourists looking to relax on the long sandy beaches, but that seasonal popularity forces some locals into homelessness every year. And the pandemic has made matters worse, authorities there say.

Korean palm oil giant stripped of sustainability status
LONDON, UK, 15 July 2021 (BBC) - A Korean palm oil giant has been rejected from the world's leading green certification body in the wake of a BBC investigation. The Korindo group had been buying up swathes of Asia's largest remaining rainforests in the remote Indonesian province of Papua. A visual analysis suggested that fires had then been deliberately set to these forests, a clear violation of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Cuba protests: Tax on food and medicine imports lifted
LONDON, UK, 15 July 2021 (BBC) - Cuba says it will allow travellers arriving in the country to bring in food, medicine and other essentials without paying import duties. The announcement was made following the biggest anti-government protests on the Communist-run island in decades.

Vanuatu citizenship for sale
LONDON, UK, 15 July 2021 (Guardian) - A Vanuatu passport allows visa-free travel through 130 countries, including the EU and UK, and Vanuatu also operates as a tax haven, with no income, corporate or wealth tax. The application process typically takes just over a month and can be conducted without ever setting foot in the country.

Local leaders in Indonesia make forest and peatland protection pledge
PALEMBANG, Indonesia, 15 July 2021 (Mongabay) - Nine districts in Indonesia have pledged to protect 50% of forests, peatlands and other “important ecosystems” in their jurisdictions by 2030, local leaders announced last week.

A road project on Sulawesi carves a path of graft and grief
GORONTALO, Indonesia, 14 July 2021 (Mongabay) - More than 1,000 families were entitled to payments for land needed to construct the Gorontalo Outer Ring Road, a national priority infrastructure project on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island.

SIDS DOCK and Global OTEC Resources announce partnership
NEWQUAY, UK, 8 July 2021 (OTEC) - SIDS DOCK and UK-based Global OTEC Resources, announce partnership to develop and deploy Floating Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Technology Concept in small islands.

Vanuatu court to rule on prime minister's fate
LONDON, UK, 8 July 2021 (Guardian) - Next week Vanuatu’s court of appeal will sit to decide the political fate of the prime minister, Bob Loughman, and 18 other MPs. The supreme court ruled in June that they had vacated their seats after a three-day boycott of parliament by the government side.

The Greek island with an ancient 'sushi' tradition
LONDON, UK, 5 July 2021 (BBC) - On verdant Skopelos, locals have been curing and rolling fish for generations in a "sushi-style" preparation that dates back to medieval times.

Rathlin Island aims to be carbon neutral by end of decade
LONDON, UK, 11 July 2021 (BBC) - Rathlin Island was only connected to Northern Ireland's main electricity grid in 2007. Prior to that it was powered by unreliable wind turbines and old diesel generators. Now islanders want to use the wind and waves that surround them to create their own green energy.

Caribbean aims to turn sargassum seaweed into high-value products
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 14 July 2021 (IPS) - A regular visitor to the islands of the Caribbean has become a dreaded nuisance over the past ten years. The sargassum seaweed that typically washes ashore now arrives each year in overwhelming, extraordinary amounts for reasons that are not entirely clear.

Philippines rich bird life is more threatened than we thought
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 14 July 2021 (Mongabay) - The Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands, supporting an extraordinary number of species that occur nowhere else on the planet. Eighty-six new endemic bird species have been described in the Philippines in just the last decade. Nevertheless, the country’s currently known 594 avian species depend on forests, grasslands and wetlands that are rapidly disappearing.

Indonesian fishers seize dredging boat
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 13 July 2021 (Mongabay) - Hundreds of Indonesian fishers protesting against an offshore tin mining operation in Sumatra have seized a dredging vessel they deemed to be operating within their fishing zone.

Human rights abuses on Indonesian oil palm plantations
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 13 July 2021 (Mongabay) - Human rights abuses continue to fester in the Indonesian palm oil industry as global brands and financial institutions and investors turn a blind eye to the problem, a new report says.

Australian miner signals intention to play on in Greenland
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 12 July 2021 (Mongabay) - An Australian mining company hoping to build a vast open-cut rare earths and uranium mine on a mountain in southern Greenland has told shareholders it will persist with the project despite the mine having been rejected by the people of the Arctic nation.

Indonesia bets on biofuels over oil, but EVs could render both moot
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 12 July 2021 (Mongabay) - The rapid development of electric vehicles looks set to overtake the biofuel infrastructure that Indonesia is investing heavily in, and could render the country’s alternative-fuel model redundant,  new projections show.

Sri Lanka seeks peace with pachyderms
HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka, 10 July 2021 (Mongabay) - Sri Lankan authorities have declared the establishment of a managed elephant reserve (MER) in the southern district of Hambantota in an effort to tackle the worsening problem of human-elephant conflicts.

Activists take Indonesia's mining law to court
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 7 July 2021 (Mongabay) - Activists have filed suit to revoke what they say are problematic articles from a controversial mining law that has been criticized as pandering to mining companies at the expense of the environment and local communities.

Farms growing Indonesia's hottest pepper susceptible to wildfires
HIYUNG, Indonesia, 6 July 2021 (Mongabay) - Farmers in the south of Indonesian Borneo have built up a reputation and a lucrative industry around their Hiyung chili pepper, said to be the hottest in the country. But the chili peppers, which local officials say have elevated farmers’ income to six times the local average, are under threat from the perennial fires that sweep across Indonesia’s drained peatlands.

Abnormally high turtle deaths after acid-laden ship sinks off Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 4 July 2021 (Mongabay) - As many as 176 turtles and 24 marine mammals have reportedly washed up dead along Sri Lanka’s coasts over during the past four weeks, since the sinking of the X-Press Pearl cargo ship triggered concerns about chemical pollution.

On Alaska's St. George Island, a mayor fights for fur seals
ST. GEORGE ISLAND, Alaska, 13 July 2021 (Reuters) - Fifty years ago, Patrick Pletnikoff spent his summers stripping blubber from the carcasses of seals clubbed to death in Alaska’s annual harvest, competing with other young men to show who wielded the fastest blade. Now he’s fighting for a bigger prize: to transform his native St. George Island’s fortunes and protect dwindling colonies of northern fur seals by creating Alaska’s first marine sanctuary.

Canadian conservationists want to restrict shipping from MPA
VICTORIA, Canada, 7 July 2021 (Hakai) - Off the northern end of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, lies a constellation of small islets known as the Scott Islands. This remote outpost is where imperiled species come to continue their lines - it’s where 55 percent of the world’s Cassin’s auklets, and seven percent of its rhinoceros auklets, come to breed. 

The Easter Island pianist playing for her home's future
SANTIAGO, Chile, 1 July 2021 (BBC) - As sea levels rise and the climate changes, Mahani Teave's island home and its culture are increasingly under threat. But the chart-topping classical pianist is part of a vibrant, living culture that encompasses far more than just the famous statues carved by her ancestors.

Bull sharks may form 'friendships' with each other
SUVA, Fiji, 1 July 2021 (Guardian) - They reach 3.5 metres long, weigh more than 200kg and are an apex predator. But even apex predators need friends. A recent study from Fiji shows that bull sharks develop companionships – with some sharks showing preferences for certain individuals and avoiding others.

Forget GDP, 'vulnerability index best gauges aid' to small islands
LONDON, UK, 1 July 2021 (Guardian) - Small island nations on the climate crisis frontlines have been overlooked in overseas aid, according to a new index. Urging a move away from the current benchmark of using gross domestic product (GDP) to measure aid allocation, researchers from the Commonwealth secretariat and Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development, a French thinktank, have developed the universal vulnerability index (UVI) as an alternative.

Lululemon founder buys Canadian islands to conserve ecosystems
LONDON, UK, 30 June 2021 (Guardian) - The Lululemon founder, Chip Wilson, has purchased one Canadian island, and helped buy another, in order to donate them to a charity. The islands in question are Saturnina and West Ballenas, two tiny undeveloped specks in the Salish Sea off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. The former yoga apparel magnate also provided major funding to obtain a sizable chunk of a third, Lasqueti Island.

ADB generally endorses new strategy for Pacific SIDS
MANILA, Philippines, 30 June 2021 (ADB) - The Asian Development Bank has generally endorsed a new 5-year strategy aimed at building resilience against economic shocks, delivering sustainable services, and promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the 12 smallest Pacific island countries (PIC-12) as they rebound from the immediate shock of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Conservation concern as alien aphid detected on Kangaroo Island
ADELAIDE, Australia, 1 July 2021 (UNISA) - An invasive species of aphid could put some threatened plant species on Kangaroo Island at risk as researchers from the University of South Australia confirm Australia's first sighting of the alien aphid on the island's Dudley Peninsula.

With growing pressures, can the Philippines sustain its MPAs?
MANILA, Philippines, 30 June 2021 (Mongabay) - The Philippines pioneered a community-based approach to marine protected area management in 1974, which balanced conservation and community livelihood. This became the blueprint of the more than 1,500 marine reserves in the country today.

Aldabra Research Centre marks 50 years with a time capsule
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 30 June 2021 (SNA) - The Seychelles Islands Foundation is preparing to bury a time capsule on Aldabra to preseve a historic cache of items and information that will document the running and the operation of the atoll's research station as it is functioning currently.

Nauru gives UN ultimatum over deep-sea mining regulations
LONDON, UK, 30 June 2021 (Guardian) - Deep-sea mining has been given the go-ahead to commence in two years, after the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru notified the UN body governing the nascent industry of plans to start mining.

Jeju, South Korea's island paradise, also is a high-tech testbed
JEJU ISLAND, South Korea, 30 June 2021 (UPI) - The island of Jeju, a laid-back tourist getaway 60 miles off the southern coast South Korea's mainland, is becoming known for smart city and green energy projects that are leading the way in the high-tech nation.

Study warns of impacts of unregulated trade in Indonesian porcupines
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 30 June 2021 (Mongabay) - The unmonitored illegal trade in porcupines across Indonesia has prompted calls from conservationists for stricter protection for the species’ population in the wild.

Gould's mouse found on several small Australian islands
LONDON, UK, 29 June 2021 (Guardian) - Scientists have discovered that an extinct native mouse thought to have been wiped out more than 150 years ago is thriving on islands off Western Australia.

Balearic Islands putting tourist tax back into sustainable initiatives
LYON, France, 29 June 2021 (Euronews) - In 2016 it was announced that the Balearic Parliament would create a new tax which would apply to stays in tourist accommodations. This tax has proved highly profitable for the Balearic economy with some €104 million raised in 2019 and a further €270 million raised since the tax was implemented.

The last coral reef wilderness: the Chagos Archipelago
MARYLAND, US, 29 June 2021 (IPS) - On the Global Reef Expedition - the largest coral reef survey and mapping expedition in history - scientists from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation traveled to the Chagos Archipelago to study some of the most remote coral reefs on Earth. What we found were reefs teeming with life, but also worrying signs of the unfolding coral reef crisis.

NGOs call for alternative routes for Bornean road
KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia, 29 June 2021 (Mongabay) - Malaysian scientists and activists have called on road planners in the Bornean state of Sabah to reconsider a 13km stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway that will cut through a protected forest reserve with a dense concentration of elephants when built.

Clash of the feathered titans
VICTORIA, Canada, 29 June 2021 (Hakai) - On Gough Island - a lonely rock in the middle of the South Atlantic - researchers have recently discovered southern giant petrels, which usually feed on fish, krill, and young birds, hunting and killing massive adult albatrosses.

Papua's sacred forest for women only
LONDON, UK, 27 June 2021 (BBC) - In Papua, Indonesia, there is a mangrove forest that only women are allowed to enter. It’s a special place where generations of women have gathered clams and shared stories. If men are found inside the forest, they are fined.

Europe's most cooperative islands?
LONDON, UK, 28 June 2021 (BBC) - The 6,700 Åland Islands are a part of Finland but are not entirely Finnish. They are culturally aligned with Sweden, but not quite Swedish either. Åland, Finland and Sweden have long been linked but the relationship hasn't always been quite so smooth.

Three islands receive EU RESponsible Island Prize
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 24 June 2021 (EC) - Today, the Commission announced that the Danish island of Ærø is the winner of the 2020 edition of the EU RESponsible Island Prize. Ærø won the title and €500,000 cash prize in recognition for its innovative energy solutions and its contribution to a sustainable and climate-friendly Europe. The second prize of €250,000 went to the island of El Hierro, part of the Canary Islands in Spain, and the third prize of €100,000 to the island of Tilos in Greece.

Why Pacific islands need climate change finance for food security now
SYDNEY, Australia, 28 June 2021 (IPS) - Robby Nena is one of the many farmers and fishermen on the frontline of climate change in the Federated States of Micronesia, where coastal flooding and erosion, variable and heavy rainfall, increased temperature, droughts and other extreme weather events are becoming all too common.

Philippine forest turtles stand a 'good chance' after first wild release
MANILA, Philippines, 28 June 2021 (Mongabay) - The Philippines most traded turtle species, and among the world’s rarest, received a bit of a population boost as researchers introduced two juveniles in the wilds of the island of Palawan.

Sri Lanka to chart a green path toward a blue economy
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 28 June 2021 (Mongabay) - Authorities in Sri Lanka have called for a renewed focus on conserving the island’s rich coastal ecosystems, identifying the “blue economy” as key to the nation’s sustainable development.