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For Sri Lanka's dwindling leopards, wire snares are the leading killer
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 5 June 2020 (Mongabay) - Snares are the leading cause of death among Sri Lanka’s leopards, accounting for 42 recorded deaths in the past 10 years. The most recent death was of a rare black leopard, which succumbed to its injuries three days after getting snared, prompting public outrage over the use of snares.

Philippines senior citizens vulnerabilities increase because of C-19
MANILA, Philippines, 5 June 2020 (IPS) - In the Philippines, May has long been a month of joy when farmers harvest their rice crop and celebrate the Pahiyas harvest festival. But this year, the mood was somber. The food production and supply system also affected, thanks to the coronavirus lockdown, and the economy frozen.

Kangaroo Island gets cash splash after bushfire and coronavirus
SYDNEY, Australia, 5 June 2020 (ABC) - Some of Kangaroo Island's most spectacular tourist drawcards will be restored in a bid to create jobs and draw visitors back to the region after the summer's devastating bushfires.

Aiming for a 'Bluer Pacific' in post COVID-19 recovery plans
APIA, Samoa, 4 June 2020 (SPREP) - As the Pacific islands assess ways to build back economies severely struck by the COVID-19 crisis, the environmental impacts faced worldwide highlight the opportunity we now have in our hands to build back a ‘Bluer Pacific’.  

Niue State of Environment Report endorsed by Cabinet
APIA, Samoa, 4 June 2020 (SPREP) - As the world grapples with the COVID-19 crisis, now is an opportunity to rethink approaches to environmental sustainability.  The SoE can be a compass guide to navigating under a ‘new normal’ helping to ensure our environments are sustained for current and future generations.

The struggle for land and food in the locked-down Philippines
ROME, Italy, 4 June 2020 (IPS) - Landless farmers who produce rice for the landlords of big “haciendas” can’t get more than a little pocket money from their harsh work - not enough to provide diverse and healthy food for their families. Seasonal workers on sugar-cane plantations know that they can count on only six months of earnings.

Gotland waits anxiously for domestic travel decision
VISBY, Sweden, 4 June 2020 (The Local) - The Swedish island of Gotland is almost entirely dependent on summer tourism for its economy, so business-owners here are waiting even more eagerly than most for a delayed decision on domestic travel over summer.

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