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Protecting sharks in the Western Central Pacific Ocean
SUVA, Fiji, 18 May 2021 (SPREP) - In 2016, Fiji made history by becoming the first Pacific Island country to propose global trade restrictions on sharks and rays to ensure their survival and, in doing so, silky sharks, all three species of thresher sharks and nine species of mobula rays were listed on Appendix II of CITES.

Long-ago battle in Solomon Islands keeps claiming lives
SYDNEY, Australia, 18 May 2021 (The Interpreter) - Solomon Islands is littered with unexploded bombs, a legacy of the Second World War as the site of one of the fiercest battles between Japan and the United States in the Pacific. Much of the population across the islands still live with unknown quantities of explosive remains left behind from the combat.

The woman trailblazer set to take the reins in Samoa
LONDON, UK, 18 May 2021 (BBC) - Samoa is set to get its first female prime minister, marking the end of unprecedented political drama in the small Pacific island nation of 200,000 people. On Monday, the Supreme Court finally validated Fiame Naomi Mata'afa's shock April election win, ending weeks of political stalemate and calling off a re-run.

Greenland ice sheet on brink of major tipping point
LONDON, UK, 17 May 2021 (Guardian) - A significant part of the Greenland ice sheet is on the brink of a tipping point, after which accelerated melting would become inevitable even if global heating was halted, according to new research.

Falklands waters: A haven for Sei whales
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 17 May 2021 (MercoPress) - The coastal waters of the Falkland Islands have been confirmed as a Key Biodiversity Area for Sei whales, the first of its kind in the world. Much of the study involved identifying individuals through photographs of the fins and flanks and comparing unique scars and colour patterns. According to Falklands Conservation, as many as 500 individuals have been identified during the five-year study.

FSC-certified Indonesian logger may have cleared orangutan habitat
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 17 May 2021 (Mongabay) - An Indonesian company with ties to Japanese conglomerates has cleared large swaths of rainforests, including habitat for critically endangered orangutans, according to a report.

Conservationists launch $40M effort to restore Galapagos Islands
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 17 May 2021 (Mongabay) - A coalition of groups, including a newly formed organization backed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, have mobilized $40 million for efforts to restore degraded habitats in the Galápagos Islands, an archipelago renowned for its endemic species and central role in scientists’ understanding of ecology and evolution. 

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