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Sri Lanka Minister who promoted 'Covid syrup' tests positive
LONDON, UK, 23 January 2021 (BBC) - Sri Lanka's health minister, who endorsed herbal syrup to prevent Covid, has tested positive for the virus. She had promoted the syrup, manufactured by a shaman who claimed it worked as a life-long inoculation against the virus.

MEPs vote to add Channel Islands and BVI to tax haven blacklist
LONDON, UK, 22 January 2021 (Guardian) - The European parliament is pushing for UK overseas territories including the British Virgin Islands, Guernsey and Jersey to be added to an EU tax havens blacklist after the conclusion of the Brexit deal.

Plantations, mines didn't worsen flood, Indonesia says
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 22 January 2021 (Mongabay) - The Indonesian government has denied that deforestation for oil palm plantations and coal mines contributed to a recent deadly flood in southern Borneo.

Oceanography & Blue Economy Centre to be created at UWI
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, 22 January 2021 (Loop) - The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week to formalise collaboration in support of a Centre for Excellence for Oceanography and the Blue Economy at The University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus.

Papua tribe moves to block clearing of its ancestral forest for palm oil
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 21 January 2021 (Mongabay) - Members of the Auyu tribe of Papua, Indonesia, are demanding a halt to the operations of palm oil company PT Indo Asiana Lestari (IAL), which appears to be gearing up to clear their ancestral forests.

Floating solar pilot project near Canary Islands
LONDON, UK, 21 January 2021 (PV-Tech) - European Union funding has been secured to develop a 250kWp floating PV unit off the coast of Gran Canaria, which the partners say is the sunniest part of Europe. With waves of up to 10 metres and high winds, the pilot project is an excellent opportunity to explore the outer limits of the floating technology.

Pacific states have led the charge for banning nuclear weapons
LONDON, UK, 21 January 2021 (Guardian) - In 1995, thousands of people marched peacefully hand-in-hand through the Tahitian capital of Pape’ete. The palm-lined streets were awash with songs of protest. On a nearby shorefront, Cook Islanders had just arrived by traditional voyaging canoe: a vaka. They were there to deliver a message of solidarity with their island neighbours, en route to the nuclear test site of Moruroa.

Sustainable Grand Bahama Conference 5-6 March, 2020, Freeport, Grand Bahama

5th International St Magnus Conference 15-18 April, 2020, Lerwick, Shetland

10th Pacific Nature Conservation Conference 20-24 April, 2020, Noumea, New Caledonia

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

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

13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 10-21 June, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii

World Conservation Congress 11-19 June, 2020, Marseille, France

Island Feminisms Conference 13-15 June, 2020, Hilo, Hawaii

Islands of the World XVII conference 22-26 June, 2020, St. John's, Newfoundland

15th International Small Island Cultures Conference: Island Festivals and Music Tourism 9-13 July, 2020, Kingston, Jamaica

'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

DARKNESS conference 30 Nov-3 Dec, 2020, Nuuk, Greenland