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New Caledonia referendum: call to reject colonising power France
LONDON, UK, 17 July 2018 (Guardian) - The time has come for New Caledonia to throw off “colonising power” France and take its place on the world stage, the head of the country’s independence coalition has said on a visit to Australia ahead of a referendum to be held in November.

Bold initiative aims to protect coral reefs in the Dominican Republic
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 16 July 2018 (Mongabay) - Coral reefs of the northern Caribbean have undergone widespread change over the past century, driven by coastal development, pollution, over-fishing, the introduction of invasive species, and increasing ocean temperatures.

Traumatised Papuans flee conflict in Nduga
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 16 July 2018 (RNZ) - Thousands of West Papuan villagers have reportedly fled from their homes in a remote regency due to conflict between Indonesian military forces and pro-independence fighters.

Programme targets food waste at resorts in Seychelles
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 16 July 2018 (SNA) -  A new programme aimed at reducing food waste at tourism establishments was launched early this month.

Draft mining regulations insufficient to protect the deep sea
GLAND, Switzerland, 16 July 2018 (IUCN) - Regulations under development at the International Seabed Authority to manage deep-sea mining are insufficient to prevent irrevocable damage to marine ecosystems and a loss of unique species – many yet to be discovered, an IUCN report warns.

Blue economy movement gains traction in Africa
NAIROBI, Kenya, 16 July 2018 (IPS) -  An increasing number of African countries are now embracing the blue economy for its potential to deliver solutions to their most pressing development needs–particularly extreme poverty and hunger.

How the Confederation Bridge has affected the island way of life
CHARLOTTETOWN, Canada, 16 July 2018 (CBC) - When Janice Pettit set out to examine how the Confederation Bridge has affected the Island way of life, she was struck by how nostalgic some P.E.I. residents still are about the ferry 20 years later.

Indonesia mob slaughters nearly 300 crocodiles in revenge killing
LONDON, UK, 16 July 2018 (BBC) - A mob of villagers has killed nearly 300 crocodiles at a sanctuary for the animals in the Indonesian province of West Papua.

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Clean Energy in European Islands conference 23-24 April, 2018, Athens, Greece

ISLAND INSTITUTE
Island Energy Conference 3-5 May, 2018, South Portland, USA

CARIBBEAN STUDIES ASSOC
CSA 43rd annual conference 4-8 June, 2018, Havana, Cuba

ISISA
Islands of the World XVI conference 10-14 June, 2018, Leeuwarden - Terschelling, The Netherlands

SICRI
14th conference on New Directions in Island Studies 16-18 June, 2018, Tatihou Island, France

SCB OCEANIA
5th Congress Conservation in a Changing World 2-6 July, 2018, Wellington, New Zealand

OTIE
10th International Conference on Islands Tourism 7-8 Sept, 2018, Palermo, Italy

ISLAND DYNAMICS
Island Cities & Urban Archipelagos conference 26-29 Sept, 2018, Zhoushan, China

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ISLAND DYNAMICS
Economics & Development in Microstates, Islands & Arctic conference 30 Nov-3 Dec, 2018, Nuuk, Greenland

GREENING THE ISLANDS
6th International Conference Feb 2019, Boracay, Philippines

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