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Land that debt forgot: Niue has no interest in loans
LONDON, UK, 27 October 2016 (Guardian) - One of the world’s smallest countries has declared itself debt-free and plans to spend the money saved from servicing borrowing on raising pensions and offering incentives to lure expatriates home.

Nations push to protect Antarctica's last ocean
LONDON, UK, 27 October 2016 (BBC) - Campaigners believe a proposal to establish a vast marine reserve in the seas around Antarctica will finally be accepted this week.

Cuba’s fish farming industry seeks to double output by 2030
LOS PALACIOS, Cuba, 26 October 2016 (IPS) - Protected from the sun by broad-brimmed hats and long- sleeved shirts, workers at the La Juventud fish farm throw fish feed into the tanks for the tilapias, a fish that is scarce and in high demand in the Cuban markets.

Pacific islanders carry DNA of unknown human species
SYDNEY, Australia, 26 October 2016 (ABC) - People from Papua New Guinea and north-east Australia carry small amounts of DNA of an unidentified, extinct human species, a new research analysis has suggested.

Farming brings stability to remote villages in Papua
SENGGI, Indonesia, 24 October 2016 (IPS) - Only two decades ago, Usku, Molof and Namla, three villages in Senggi District, Papua, were the battlefield of feuding tribes fighting for their ulayat (communal land). Afra, the triumphant tribe, then settled in the villages and led a life of hunting and gathering.

Greenland is melting
NEW YORK, US, 24 October 2016 (New Yorker) - The shrinking of the country’s ice sheet is triggering feedback loops that accelerate the global crisis. The floodgates may already be open.

Belize suspends oil exploration after public outcry
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 24 October 2016 (Mongabay) - Last week, the government of Belize announced that it would begin oil exploration in the Atlantic-Caribbean waters, very close to the world’s second largest reef system - the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage site.

World Conservation Congress 1-10 Sept, 2016, Hawaii

Protecting marine and coastal areas in the UK Overseas Territories conference 21 Sept, 2016, London, UK

Island Tourism Symposium 18-19 Nov, 2016, Valletta, Malta

Rethinking Remoteness and Peripherality conference 16-19 January 2017, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania meeting 7-12 Feb, 2017, Lihue, Hawaii

World Ocean Summit 22-24 Feb, 2017, Bali, Indonesia

Local Sustainable Development and Global Challenges conference 15-20 May, 2017, Sakhalin, Russia

13th International Small Island Cultures conference 16-19 June, 2017, St. John's, Newfoundland

European Society for Oceanists conference 29 June-2 July, 2017, Munich, Germany

Islands of the World XV conference 2-8 July, 2017, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Island Invasives conference 10-14 July, 2017, Univ of Dundee, Scotland

7th International Conference on Environmental Future - Humans and Island environments 17-21 July, 2017,

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