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New safeguards agreed for world's most trafficked mammal
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 28 September 2016 (BBC) - Pangolins are slow moving, nocturnal creatures found across Asia and Africa but over a million have been taken from the wild in the last decade.

Rare bird being driven to extinction by poaching
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 28 September 2016 (Guardian) - The helmeted hornbill, found mainly in Indonesia, Borneo and Thailand, has a solid red beak which sells as a “red ivory” on the black market, for several times the price of elephant ivory.

Cuban crocodiles pose conservation conundrum
LONDON, UK, 28 September 2016 (Nature) - Dozens of spotted baby crocodiles sit as still as garden statues. Then, suddenly, the animals snap to life, and begin ambling around the Zapata Swamp Captive Breeding Farm in Cuba’s swampy Matanzas province.

Madagascar’s largest tortoise could become extinct in 2 years
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 27 September 2016 (Mongabay) - Fewer than 100 ploughshare tortoises remain in the wild, conservationists estimate, and continued poaching of these animals for the illegal pet trade is likely to wipe out the last few individuals in the next two to three years.

Whalesong, interrupted
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 23 September 2016 (Mongabay) - Crossbow in hand, Jo Marie Acebes strides the deck of the outrigger fishing boat she has refitted for tracking whales off the Philippines’ Babuyan Islands.

Red tape locking SIDS out of billions in climate funds
LONDON, UK, 20 September 2016 (Guardian) - Many small developing countries are so administratively stretched that they cannot fill in all the complex forms needed to access climate money to help them to reduce emissions and adapt to increasing global temperatures, rising sea levels and extreme weather.

Philippine Bleeding-heart doves flutter at the brink
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 20 September 2016 (Mongabay) - The 7,100 islands of the Philippine Republic, scattered across the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea, teem with life.

Let mangroves recover to protect coasts
LONDON, UK, 19 September 2016 (BBC) - Allowing mangrove forests to recover naturally result in more resilient habitats that benefit both wildlife and people, say conservationists.

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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