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Dominican border wall threatens environment, mangroves
MONTE CRISTI, Dominican Republic, 1 April 2023 (AFP) - The anti-migrant wall being built in the northwest of the Dominican Republic crisscrosses a thick mangrove forest and threatens the ecosystem by depriving it of water, environmental groups warn. The government wants to build a 160 km concrete fence along the 380 km border with Haiti to prevent illegal migrants from entering, and to "protect" the country from Haitian gangs with growing influence.

King Island mine to be diesel-powered for the next two years
LAUNCESTON, Australia, 1 April 2023 (ABC) - Operators of a mine on Tasmania's King Island plan to use a multi-million-dollar government grant to lease diesel generators to power the project, despite the money being initially granted to connect the mine to the island's grid because it has got a high percentage of renewable energy. The Dolphin Tungsten Mine closed 30 years ago, but is due to restart at the end of April with the help of a $10 million government loan.

Nonprofits using AI to battle invasive rats on Santa Cruz Island
LOS ANGELES, US, 1 April 2023 (KABC) - A first of its kind project is using artificial intelligence to keep a very real problem from ever making it ashore on Santa Cruz Island: rats. The Nature Conservancy and Island Conservation are piloting a program that uses camera traps to monitor animals on the island and artificial intelligence to help weed through hundreds of thousands of images to identify potential invaders.

Myanmar's Great Coco Island gets new military infrastructure
NEW DELHI, India, 1 April 2023 (ThePrint) - Myanmar’s Coco Islands, which has always been suspected to be used by the Chinese as a listening post targeting India’s strategic Andaman and Nicobar Islands, is witnessing military modernisation and creation of facilities for aircraft operations, latest satellite imagery shows.

Farne Islands shut to visitors over fears of new avian flu outbreak
LONDON, UK, 1 April 2023 (Guardian) - The Farne Islands will not open to visitors this spring in anticipation of bird flu once again ravaging breeding seabird colonies, after an “unprecedented” spate of deaths last year.

Anger grows at latest CalMac ferry disruption
LONDON, UK, 31 March 2023 (BBC) - Island communities have reacted with anger and dismay at fresh disruption to Scotland's west coast ferry network. The state-owned CalMac has been forced into making alterations due to delays in routine overhauls of some ferries and technical issues affecting others. Islanders fear tourism and other businesses are being damaged, while one couple have seen their wedding plans thrown into disarray.

Island Studies International Conference "Creativity, Ingenuity, and Practice" 22-25 June, 2022, Shetland, UK

UN Ocean Conference 27 June-1 July, 2022, Lisbon, Portugal

Virtual Island Summit 26 Sept-2 Oct, 2022

Greening the Islands e_Convention 26-28 Oct, 2022

COP 27
UN Climate Change Conference 6-18 Nov, 2022, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

UN Biodiversity Conference  (COP 15) 7-19 Dec, 2022, Montreal, Canada

5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress 3-9 Feb, 2023, Vancouver, Canada

3rd Critical Tourism Studies-Asia Pacific Conference 13-17 Feb, 2023, Hanoi, Vietnam

Islands in Relations: Conflicts, Sustainability and Peace thematic conference 4-6 April 2023, Osaka, Japan

Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum 7-8 June, 2023, Saaremaa, Estonia

Island Studies International Conference "Island Innovation, Resilience, and Revitalization" 20-26 June, 2023, Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan

5th Pacific Islands Universities Research Network conference 4-6 July, 2023, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Turning the Tide: Climate Change, Social Change, and Islandness conference 23-26, Oct, 2023, Oranjestad, Aruba

13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 6-16 June, 2024, Honolulu, Hawaii