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Seychelles to intercept fishing devices to protect reefs
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 25 August 2016 (SNA) - Seychelles is taking steps to limit the damaging effects of fish aggregating devices on the island nation’s reefs and other marine life through a new project that aims to intercept the fishing devices before they are washed up on the beaches, especially around the outer islands.

Maldives president faces removal plot
LONDON, UK, 25 August 2016 (BBC) - A move to oust the president of the Maldives is being planned. BBC sources say opponents of Abdulla Yameen in the tiny island nation are looking to move against him within weeks.

Solar power plant in southern Cook Islands
RAROTONGA, Cook Islands, 24 August 2016 (PIR) – A New Zealand business has been awarded the multi-million dollar contract to install solar photovoltaic plants in the southern group islands under the Cook Islands Renewable Energy Sector Project.

Construction of 500-metre-long seawall commences in Tuvalu
NUKUFETAU, Tuvalu, 24 August 2016 (PACNEWS) - More than a year on from when Tropical Cyclone Pam battered the island of Tuvalu, the construction of a 500-metre-long seawall is currently underway that will ensure the Nukufetau atoll is better equipped to handle cyclones and other severe wet weather events.

Tuvalu uses ridge-to-reef approach to sustain livelihoods
FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu, 24 August 2016 (UNDP) - Coastal fishery stocks have sustained island communities for generations in Tuvalu but is under increasing pressure due to the impacts of climate change and unsustainable fishing practices.

Obama's offshore drilling puts whales and dolphins in peril
LONDON, UK, 24 August 2016 (Guardian) - Environmental groups have turned on the Obama administration over offshore oil and gas extraction, warning it puts whales and dolphins in peril and risks undermining the president’s commitment to putting the brakes on climate change.

Tracing war missing still a dangerous quest in Sri Lanka
MANNAR, Sri Lanka, 24 August 2016 (IPS) - As Sri Lanka readies to begin the grim task of searching for thousands of war missing, those doing the tracing on the ground say that they still face intimidation and threats while doing their work.

23rd Pacific Science Congress 13-17 June, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan

12th International Small Island Cultures conference 17-20 June, 2016, Naha, Okinawa

Island Biology conference 18-22 July, 2016, Azores, Portugal

Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Region 26-28 July, 2016, Lautoka, Fiji

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

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

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

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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