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The Fijian island being strangled by vines
LONDON, UK, 28 November 2022 (Guardian) - In Vanua Levu, the second largest island of Fiji, every contour drips with green. The landscape is impossibly lush and verdant. But upon closer inspection, it’s evident that nearly everything is shrouded in vines. 

GBR should be placed on world heritage 'in danger' list
LONDON, UK, 28 November 2022 (Guardian) - A UN-backed mission to the Great Barrier Reef has concluded the world’s biggest coral reef system should be placed on a list of world heritage sites in danger. The long-awaited report on the 10-day mission that took place in March said climate change was presenting a “serious challenge” to the values that saw the reef inscribed as a global wonder in 1981.

Experts see environmental risk from China's small island BRI efforts
BERLIN, Germany, 27 November 2022 (VOA) - Investments under China’s Belt and Road Initiative can pose environmental risks to small island nations already vulnerable to harm from climate change, an expert told VOA in late November.

Indigenous group pushed off island as Caribbean Sea rises
GARDI SUGDUB, Panama, 27 November 2022 (WSJ) - From this tiny, hot and overcrowded island, some 1,200 indigenous Guna people will soon embark on a short but historic exodus. Next year, most inhabitants of Gardi Sugdub - the name means Crab Island - will leave the cluster of thatched and tin-roofed houses traversed by narrow footpaths where they have lived for more than a century, and head for the Panamanian mainland about a mile away.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen quits
LONDON, UK, 27 November 2022 (BBC) - Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has resigned as head of the governing Democratic Progressive Party after its poor showing in local elections. The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) won several major races on Saturday, including in the capital Taipei.

Pacific fisheries observers could return in 2023
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 26 November 2022 (RNZ) - Commercial fishing vessels in the Pacific could see regional fisheries observers returning to their decks as early as January next year. Prior to the pandemic there were around 800 regional fisheries observers on board vessels in the region.

New global treaty on plastic pollution
PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay, 26 November 2022 (SPREP) - Over 190 countries have been tasked with creating a new internationally legally binding agreement on plastic pollution including in the marine environment.  The challenge being this must be developed within a two-year period across five different sessions of the International Negotiations Committee.

Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum 17-18 May, 2022, Rhodes, Greece 

Stockholm+50 international environmental meeting 2-3 June, 2022, Stockholm, Sweden

Islands of the World XVIII conference 13-17 June, 2022, Zadar, Croatia

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

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

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