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Why Iceland's women are still fighting for rights
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, 7 December 2016 (BBC) - It is not often that Iceland comes top of the global rankings in anything but this country is considered the best place to live and work as a woman.

Blue economy initiative for youths officially launched in Seychelles
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 7 December 2016 (Nation) - A new initiative entitled ‘Prosperity and Environment promoting sustainable development opportunities for youth in the Blue Economy sector’ was officially launched on Saturday at the Seychelles Fishing Authority training room.

Despite climate change, some Marshall Islanders head back home
LONDON, UK, 7 December 2016 (Guardian) - Surrounded by 750,000 square miles of ocean, the low-lying Republic of the Marshall Islands is emblematic of the threat climate change poses to small island nations.

Norfolk mutiny brewing against island's Australian administrator
SYDNEY, Australia, 7 December 2016 (ABC) - It may be a lonely speck in the South Pacific, but the Australian takeover of Norfolk Island has sparked criticism from the other side of the world and exposed deep divisions within the small community.

Bahamas minister backtracks on $2 billion Chinese project
NASSAU, Bahamas, 7 December 2016 (Guardian) - Bahamas minister of agriculture and marine resources, Alfred Gray, said on Monday that his October letter to Bahamas ambassador to China, Paul Andy Gomez, giving him the green light to further pursue a $2.1 billion China-Bahamas agri-fisheries project in Andros has been rescinded.

St Kilda kittiwake numbers at lowest level
LONDON, UK, 7 December 2016 (BBC) - Kittiwake numbers on St Kilda have plummeted to their lowest level, with experts fearing the population is at risk of collapse.

Iceland plays the tourism card, for better for worse
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, 6 December 2016 (AFP) - An island of ice and lava battered by the Arctic winds, Iceland's dramatic and pristine landscape is attracting a growing number of tourists, not all of whom are respectful of the fragile ecosystem.

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

3rd Greening the Islands conference 2-3 Dec, 2016, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

UN Biodiversity Conference 2-17 Dec, 2016, Cancun, Mexico

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

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,

Island Arks Symposium V 23-27 Oct, 2017, Nadi, Fiji

Island Cities & Urban Archipelagos conference 8-12 Nov, 2017, Funchal, Madeira

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