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Taiwan: Record number of Chinese military jets enter air zone
LONDON, UK, 13 April 2021 (BBC) - The Taiwan defence ministry said 25 aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered its so-called air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday. The incursion is the largest in a year and comes as the US warns against an "increasingly aggressive China".

Papua deforestation threatens Indonesia's climate progress
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 13 April 2021 (RNZ) - Greenpeace has warned that left unchecked, forest clearance in West Papua could undo Indonesia's progress in tackling climate change.

Farmers move to occupy a critical elephant corridor in Sri Lanka
UDAWALAWE, Sri Lanka, 13 April 2021 (Mongabay) - Earlier this month, more than 300 people gathered near the borders of the Dahaiyagala Wildlife Sanctuary in Sri Lanka’s Uva province armed with axes, long knives, ropes and handheld hoes called mamoties. Their apparent intention: Take control of sanctuary lands and expand their farms.

How Vanuatu is using cricket to change and save women's lives
LONDON, UK, 13 April 2021 (BBC) - Rachel Andrew is one of the leading cricketers in Vanuatu. She has scored more runs for the women's national team than anyone else and averages an impressive 11.50 with the ball. Cricket is her passion and the women's T20 team ranks 28th in the world, making it probably the country's most successful sporting side.

Leatherback turtles under threat in Little Andamans
PUNE, India, 12 April 2021 (Mongabay) - Proposed development of the Little Andaman islands, if implemented, will pose a threat to nesting sites of the leatherback turtle.

Indonesia's net-zero emissions goal not ambitious enough
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 12 April 2021 (Mongabay) - Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters, has put forward a plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2070. The government says it’s the most ambitious and realistic target for Indonesia, but activists and experts say the government can do much more, much sooner, given that China, the top emitter, has a net-zero deadline of 2060.

How sea cucumbers became gold for organised crime
LONDON, UK, 12 April 2021 (Guardian) - It’s after sunset in Jaffna when Anthony Vigrado dives into the waters of Palk Bay, scanning the seafloor to collect what seems to be prized treasure. What he comes back with are sea cucumbers – long, leathery-skinned creatures that are increasingly valuable and the source of his income for the past 12 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AEGEAN UNIV
'The island–insularity, archipelagos–a geophilosophical issue' A Summer University, 10-14 July, 2020, Rhodes, Greece

UNIV OF MAURITIUS
Archipelagic Memory: Intersecting Geographies, Histories and Disciplines conference 4-6 August, 2020, Reduit, Mauritius

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