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Elephant Island: An oasis for Fin Whales
OTTAWA, Canada, 26 July 2021 (Hakai) - A hydrophone reveals a vital Antarctic feeding and breeding ground for the world’s second-largest whale.

'Prison island' birthplace of EU reborn as think-tank venue
ROME, Italy, 26 July 2021 (EU Observer) - This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Ventotene Manifesto, the European Union's building block. Celebrations have kicked-off on two small twin islands off the coast of Rome which are considered the 'cradle' of Europe - and are pushing for greater integration.

Macron backs heritage bid of remote Polynesian islands
ATUONA, French Polynesia, 26 July 2021 (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday backed a bid by the Marquesas Islands to gain UNESCO world heritage status. Macron, the first head of state to visit the remote archipelago in French Polynesia, was greeted by a traditional ceremony of 600 dancers and musicians from its six islands.

Southwest Japan islands added to UNESCO World Heritage list
TOKYO, Japan, 26 July 2021 (KN) - The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO decided during an online session to list as Japan's fifth World Natural Heritage site the 43,000 hectare area, comprising Amami-Oshima Island and Tokunoshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture as well as the northern part of the main Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island in Okinawa Prefecture.

Firefighters battle wildfires raging across south-west Sardinia
LA MADDALENA, Italy, 26 July 2021 (Guardian) - Firefighters are working to put out wildfires that have spread quickly across parts of south-western Sardinia, destroying 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of forest and forcing 1,500 people to be evacuated from their homes.  

Nine Fiji opposition MPs arrested over criticism of land bill
LONDON, UK, 26 July 2021 (Guardian) - Nine prominent opposition politicians – including two former prime ministers – have been arrested in Fiji for voicing concerns about a contentious land bill, leading to fears the Fijian government is using the police as a “political weapon” to intimidate and crack down on dissent.

Scottish islanders angry at failing ferry service
LONDON, UK, 23 July 2021 (Guardian) - For thousands of people and businesses up and down the west coast islands of Scotland, this summer has been marred by repeated crises affecting ferry services run by the state-funded CalMac. Its ageing fleet of red, black and white ferries has been hit by breakdowns, service cancellations and diversions, exacerbated by severe restrictions on passenger numbers because of Scotland’s strict Covid rules, cutting capacity by roughly 65%.

SPREP
Pacific Ocean Climate Change Conference 27-29 May, 2020, Apia, Samoa

SICRI
Island Feminisms Conference Jan-April 2021, Hilo, Hawaii

UHI INS
5th International St Magnus Conference 14-16 April, 2021, Lerwick, Shetland

EU ISLANDS SECRETARIAT
Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum 20-21 May, 2021 

ISISA
Islands of the World XVII conference 14-18 June, 2021, St. John's, Newfoundland

CBF & SLUNCF
Caribbean Conservation Finance Congress 6-8 July 2021 in virtual format

AEGEAN UNIV
'The island–insularity, archipelagos–a geophilosophical issue' A Summer University, 10-14 July, 2020, Rhodes, Greece

UNIV OF MAURITIUS
Archipelagic Memory: Intersecting Geographies, Histories and Disciplines conference 4-6 August, 2020, Reduit, Mauritius

IUCN
World Conservation Congress 3-11 Sept, 2021, Marseille, France

ISLAND INNOVATION
Virtual Island Summit 6-12 Sept, 2021

GTI
Greening the Islands e_Convention 19-21 Oct, 2021

COP 26
UN Climate Change Conference 1-12 Nov, 2021, Glasgow, UK

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

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