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PNG triples ocean protection announcing two new MPAs
PORT MORESBY, PNG, 28 November 2023 (WCS) - Earlier this month Papua New Guinea announced over 16,000 km2 of new Marine Protected Areas in Lovongai and Murat Local Level Government jurisdictions, New Ireland Province, more than tripling ocean protections across the country. The process to establish the MPAs took nearly seven years, in a massive community-led process involving over 9,000 local people from more than 100 coastal communities who all helped design the new ocean protections.

Operation launched to eradicate rats on Cook Islands atoll
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 28 November 2023 (Xinhua) - As rats have been a problem on Cook Islands' Palmerston Atoll for over a century, a rat eradication operation has been conducted by New Zealand's Department of Conservation and local partners with the hope that introduced rats never return to menace the atoll's community and ecosystems.

Sea urchin in Sicily at risk of extinction
PALERMO, Italy, 27 November 2023 (Guardian) - It is one of Sicily’s most popular dishes: spaghetti ai ricci di mare, or sea urchin spaghetti. However, this culinary delicacy is leading to their gradual disappearance from local waters, and last week researchers said it could soon become extinct if urgent conservation policies were not implemented.

Climate change is reshaping way of life on Pacific islands
KIOA, Fiji, 27 November 2023 (Guardian) - Like islands across the Pacific, climate change is reshaping life in Kioa. The tiny Fijian island has experienced increasingly frequent and more intense cyclones, disrupting crops. Fish, a staple of the local diet, live further out from the shore. In the past, residents would go fishing on the coast; now they must head out to deeper waters to get their catch. Corals have bleached and some fish no longer survive in the reef.

UAE planned to use climate talks to make oil deals
LONDON, UK, 27 November 2023 (BBC) - Leaked briefing documents reveal the UAE planned to use its role as the host of UN climate talks as an opportunity to discuss oil and gas deals with 15 nations. The UN body responsible for the COP28 summit told the BBC hosts were expected to act without bias or self-interest.

AOSIS preparatory meeting for COP28
DUBAI, UAE, 26 November 2023 (SPREP) - As thousands of delegates descend upon Dubai for UNFCCC COP28, Samoa as the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), has called for unity and solidarity from the AOSIS membership to ensure the fight for a 1.5 degree world remains alive.

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

2nd Caribbean Conservation Finance Congress 27-28 July, 2023, Bridgetown, Barbados

18th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 30 Aug-2 Sept, 2023, Athens, Greece

4th Forum The Azores, The Atlantic and the Global Challenges 7-10 Sept, 2023, Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal

Virtual Island Summit 25 Sept-1 Oct, 2023

11th symposium 28-30 Sept, 2023, Jelsa, island of Hvar, Croatia

International Coastal Symposium 3-6 Oct, 2023, Taipei, Taiwan

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

North Atlantic Forum bi-annual international conference 17-21 June, 2024, Connemara, Ireland, 

19th Islands of the World Conference 25-29 June, 2024, Lombok Island, Indonesia

1st Islands Water Congress 4-6 Sept, 2024, Torshavn, Faroe Islands

4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States TBA 2024, Antigua and Barbuda