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Smart Island: Tech investment could drive new economy
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, 3 August 2020 (Cayman Compass) - COVID-19 is sparking new ambition to put tech at the centre of Cayman’s economic recovery. Over the next few months, tourists will report their health status through a BioButton affixed to their chests, ‘geo fencing’ will be used to ensure COVID-positive patients comply with quarantine measures, and smartphone apps will likely play a role in tracking and tracing contacts if there is a second wave of the pandemic locally.

PEBACC hands over Taveuni Island Mua Native Tree Nursery
SUVA, Fiji, 3 August 2020 (SPREP) - The Fijian Ministry of Forestry has pledged to maintain and develop the nursery as part of its mandate for sustainable forest management and in pursuit of its 30 million trees in 15 years national programme. 

Two cruise ships hit by coronavirus weeks after industry restarts
LONDON, UK, 3 August 2020 (Guardian) - Covid-19 has been detected on at least two cruise ships – one in the Arctic and one in the Pacific – just weeks after cruising holidays restarted.

Greenback returns: How dollar stores came back to Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, 2 August 2020 (BBC) - The supermarket in Havana is one of a number of shops opened by the Cuban government on the island in which basic food and hygiene products can be paid for with the currency of its ideological enemy: the US dollar.

Big boost for Chatham Islands economy
TAURANGA, New Zealand, 2 August 2020 (SunLive) - The Chatham Islands will receive close to $40 million for projects that will improve its infrastructure, add to its attraction as a visitor destination, and create jobs through a planned aquaculture venture, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced.

Greece opens its first underwater museum
LONDON, UK, 2 August 2020 (Guardian) - Greece has inaugurated its first underwater museum, a trove of fifth-century BC amphorae labelled the “Parthenon of shipwrecks”, off the coast of Alonissos island in the western Aegean.

Covid-19 prompts rethink for Bali residents
UBUD, Indonesia, 1 August 2020 (Guardian) - With tourism devastated by the pandemic, many have returned to work the fields. Some believe they will never go back.

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