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How eight tiny countries took on foreign fishing fleets
LONDON, UK, 15 June 2021 (Guardian) - It has been described as “the most remarkable achievement of the Pacific island countries in the last 50 years”. In 1982, eight, mostly minuscule Pacific island countries in whose waters much of the world’s skipjack tuna was caught got together and decided to do something to get a share of the profits, of which they received precisely nothing.

Calls for independent probe after anti-mine Indonesian official dies
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 15 June 2021 (Mongabay) - Helmud Hontong, deputy head of the Sangihe Islands district in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province, who was a staunch opponent of a planned gold mine in the district, died under mysterious circumstances on a commercial flight last week.

Illegal logging in Palawan stokes fears of a mining resurgence
PALAWAN, Philippines, 15 June 2021 (Mongabay) - Since November 2020, Indigenous people have observed trees that have been illegally felled within a mining concession in southern Palawan. The forests are sacred to the Indigenous Pala’wan people, who have for decades fought against plans to mine the area.

UAE-backed Yemen leader says his troops at island air base
DUBAI, UAE, 15 June 2021 (AP) - A militia leader and nephew of Yemen’s late strongman president has acknowledged that his Emirati-backed troops are stationed on an island in a crucial maritime chokepoint where a mysterious air base is now under construction.

South Korea-Japan ties sour amid fresh military drills
TOKYO, Japan, 15 June 2021 (Guardian) - South Korea has begun annual military drills near a pair of remote islands that are also claimed by Japan, as the long-running territorial dispute threatened to sour preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.

The invasive species hitching a ride on ocean litter
LONDON, UK, 14 June 2021 (Guardian) - With the surface of the ocean now dotted with plastic, there is no limit to where it can travel, taking invaders with it. Some of the world’s most precious environments could be threatened, including the Galápagos Islands. With a plastic crisis so bad that 400 plastic particles have been found per square metre on the islands’ worst-affected beaches, and some of that plastic already known to host non-native species, it is not hard to imagine an invasive species soon threatening the islands’ famously unique wildlife.

C-19 made deep-sea mining more tempting for some Pacific islands
NEWCASTLE, UK, 14 June 2021 (The Conversation) - While most Pacific islands have escaped the worst of COVID-19, a cornerstone of their economies, tourism, has taken a big hit. By June 2020, visitor arrivals in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu had completely ceased, as borders were closed and even internal travel restricted.

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