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As many corals growing in the Pacific as trees in the Amazon
LONDON, UK, 1 March 2021 (Guardian) - A world-first estimate of the number of corals across the expanse of the Pacific Ocean has suggested there are about half a trillion of the reef-building animals.

Sri Lanka replanting bid begins following a court ruling
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 28 February 2021 (Mongabay) - As Sri Lanka’s Forest Department embarks on a reforestation campaign in an area previously cleared for new settlements, environmental activists and lawyers have hailed the unprecedented court ruling that ordered a top government official to pay for the effort.

It took a village to save this island store
ISLESBORO, US, 28 February 2021 (BDN) - In small Maine towns, the local general store sells sundries, sure, but also doubles as a gathering place and one of the centers of the community. That’s even more true on the state’s offshore islands, where stores help those who live in remote locations survive the long winters - or just get through the mornings when they run out of milk and coffee.

Dominican Republic announces plans for Haiti border fence
LONDON, UK, 28 February 2021 (BBC) - The president of the Dominican Republic has announced plans to build a fence along its border with Haiti, which extends for about 380km. Luis Abinader said the barrier would help curb illegal immigration, drugs and the flow of stolen vehicles between the two countries, which share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

Indigenous Filipinos face down dam projects
KALINGA, Philippines, 26 February 2021 (Mongabay) - For more than five decades, Indigenous communities in the northern Philippines have pushed back against the planned construction of hydropower dams on the Chico River system.

China pineapple ban sparks sour rebuke from Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 26 February 2021 (AFP) - Taipei slammed a sudden Chinese ban on Taiwanese pineapples, describing the move on Friday as "economic intimidation" and likening it to recent tariffs Beijing slapped on Australian wine.

Renewed, more ambitious targets of Paris agreement needed
NEW YORK, US, 26 February 2021 (IPS) - As a SIDS, Saint Lucia is disproportionately vulnerable to external economic shocks and extreme climate-related events that can instantly erase decades of its development gains. A new report by the UNFCCC states that many countries have strengthened their commitments to the Paris Agreement by “reducing or limiting emissions by 2025 or 2030”, but called for amped-up mitigation pledges.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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