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#102188
2014-12-11

Migration stripping Pacific Islands of climate change know-how

SYDNEY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Many small Pacific Island states on the frontline of sea level rise and disaster threats are facing a shortage of the scientists, skilled professionals and technical experts they need to put in place effective climate change policies and adaptation projects.

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#101768
2014-11-03

Lessons for Africa from Small Island Developing States

Seychelles, Mauritius and Cape Verde offer solid lessons for mainland Africa. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Chief Economist for Africa, Dr Ayodele Odusola said this at the sidelines of the ninth African Economic Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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#101676
2014-10-29

Giant tortoises making a comeback on Galapagos Islands

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, Ecuador, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Island were on the brink of extinction just a half-century ago, but 40 years after several specimens of the endangered species were bred in captivity and released back onto the island of Española, the massive land- ...

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#101180
2014-10-01

Q&A: 'My Country Will Not Go Down Without a Fight'

Palau is small, but its plans are big. President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. has colossal plans for his small island nation of 21,000 people.

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#101104
2014-09-26

Hitchhiking Caribbean lizard upends island biogeography theory

The biggest factor determining species diversity and distribution on islands is not size and isolation, as traditional island biogeography theory states, but economics.

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#100995
2014-09-18

Small islands must explore the value of the "oceans economy" and develop sustainable and resilient transport systems

Small island developing States must develop resilient transport systems and look towards opportunities offered by the ocean if they are to boost their economies, a high-level side event organized by the Pacific Island Forum and UNCTAD heard during the Third International Conference on Small Isla ...

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#100792
2014-09-08

Africa: Small Islands States' Big Development Challenge

The ocean is a crucial component of the Earth system, essential for supporting ecosystem and human health by regulating the weather and climate, producing freshwater and soaking up carbon. It also provides food and other resources, trade and migration routes. Global fisheries support over 170 mi ...

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#100679
2014-08-28

From Tuvalu to Kiribati, the outlook for Pacific island states is perilous

The challenges may seem daunting, but to preserve the environment and provide decent livelihoods, island states need to take a greener, more inclusive approach

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#100647
2014-08-26

U.N. Conference Set to Bypass Climate Change Refugees

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 25 2014 (IPS) - An international conference on small island developing states (SIDS), scheduled to take place in Samoa next week, will bypass a politically sensitive issue: a proposal to create a new category of “environmental refugees” fleeing tiny island nations threatened ...

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#100655
2014-08-26

Small island states, facing rising seas, seek economic overhaul

OSLO, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything fron solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies at a U.N. summit next week.

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#100577
2014-08-22

UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships

21 August 2014 – The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said.

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#100520
2014-08-19

Island States to Rally Donors at Samoa Meet

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Aug 18 2014 (IPS) - Amid accelerating climate change and other challenges, a major international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month represents a key chance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to turn the tide.

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#100452
2014-08-13

Tanzania: Zanzibar Islands to Get Protection

Mwanza — The Zanzibari government is mulling over a decision to elevate the status of two tourists attractions of Bawe and Changuu (Prison) Islands into protected reserves. The aim is to protect both marine and the biodiversity of the two islands including security in a multi-million dollar tour ...

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#100429
2014-08-12

Indonesia's children see ravaged environment in their future

A generation ago, Borneo was one of the wildest places on the planet, a stronghold for species like orangutan, pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinos, and clouded leopards among tens-of-thousands of other. But decades of logging and oil palm plantations has changed the landscape of Borneo forever.

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#100370
2014-08-06

Tin mining, palm oil plantations wreaking havoc on small Indonesian island

Belitung, a picturesque island off the east coast of Sumatra, has experienced an uptick in tourism recently due to its unspoiled white sand beaches and turquoise waters. But next to all of the beauty, an environmental tragedy is quietly unfolding: the island’s primary forests are being cut down ...

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#100270
2014-07-30

Environment group gives 3 million USD to Pacific island nations

SYDNEY, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Environment group Conservation International (CI) has given a total of 3 million U.S. dollars to Pacific island leaders on the sidelines of the Pacific Island Forum in Palau on Wednesday.

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#100271
2014-07-30

Pacific Islands Forum opens in Palau with plea to protect world's oceans

The 45th annual meeting of Pacific Island leaders has officially begun in Palau with a message about protecting the world's oceans.

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#100216
2014-07-29

Pacific leaders to discuss climate change, sustainable fishing during Pacific Islands Forum in Palau

Hundreds of delegates from across the Pacific are arriving in Koror in Palau to discuss climate change, non-communicable diseases and protecting marine life.

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#100135
2014-07-23

Indian Ocean Paradise under Threat - The Andaman Islands

The Andaman islands, located in the Bay of Bengal, are a popular tourist destination -- but they are also home to more than 300,000 people. Experts warn that rampant tourism is damaging the islands' natural environment.

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#99928
2014-07-02

Environment group offers $9m for Pacific biodiversity projects

An environmental group is offering $US9 million in grants to help non-government organisations fund projects in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

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#99883
2014-06-26

Africa: Small Island Developing States 'Lack Research Support'

A lack of international support for research and innovation in small island developing states (SIDS) is holding back development agendas, government ministers from Mauritius and the Seychelles have told SciDev.Net.

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#99837
2014-06-25

'Hope springs eternal': the anniversary of the death of Lonesome George

Conservation efforts succeed with Galapagos tortoise, half of all turtle species worldwide remain threatened

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#99815
2014-06-24

Ahead of Samoa conference, island nations gather in New York to discuss partnership opportunities

Preparations are well underway for a United Nations conference on the challenges and opportunities of partnering with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official today said as representatives are gathering in New York to agree on what will be the outcome of the conference.

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#99609
2014-06-12

Small island developing state event aims for alliances

The UN’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in Apia, Samoa, on 1-4 September, will aim to identify the unique needs and vulnerabilities of island nations and opportunities for international support.

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#99552
2014-06-09

Sea level rise is climate change’s biggest threat to small islands - says SIDS foresight report

(Seychelles News Agency) - Climate change experts have predicted that rising sea levels affecting the world’s 52 small island states, will be as much as four times higher than the rest of the world. The forecast was made recently in the SIDS Foresight Report, issued by the United Nations’ Enviro ...

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#99502
2014-06-05

Endangered quoll discovered on Western Australian island

Marsupials found on Molema Island ‘confirms the importance of reserving the area as marine and national parks’, says minister

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#99320
2014-05-27

Islands urged to promote biodiversity

Caribbean islands, like T&T, need to protect their eco-sensitive natural resources against increasing threats such as climate change and overfishing to ensure sustainability.

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#99331
2014-05-27

Rwanda: Govt Commits to Protecting Country's Islands

The government has announced that it will increase the area of nationally-protected land in an effort to promote eco-tourism. The expansion will focus on islands in Rwanda.

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#99192
2014-05-21

OP-ED: The Ugly Truth about Garbage and Island Biodiversity

BONN, May 21 2014 (IPS) - Some of the Earth’s most delicate tropical paradises are being disfigured by the by-products of the modern age – marine debris: plastic bottles, carrier bags and discarded fishing gear.

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#98992
2014-05-08

How have changing sea-levels influenced evolution on the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands have an iconic status in the history of evolutionary study, now new research shows that the islands' own geological past may have influenced the evolution of the chain's native species.

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#98948
2014-05-06

Biologists try to save Darwin finches with pesticides

ISABELA ISLAND, Ecuador, May 5 (UPI) -- Scientists aren't exactly sure when the nest fly Philornis downsi first showed up on the Galapagos Islands, but their population began exploding in the 1990s -- which was and still is bad news for island birds, whose offspring are highly susceptible to the ...

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#98463
2014-04-10

Tropical islands poised to benefit from ocean power

Island nations in the developing world are especially well placed to benefit from technology that exploits a new potential source of energy from sea water: ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), experts have said.

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#98323
2014-04-01

Seaweed forests could help power tropical islands

[HONOLULU, HAWAII] Harvesting seaweed ‘forests’ and feeding them into large underwater digesters could one day meet the world’s energy needs, with nine per cent of the ocean floor being enough to replace fossil fuels entirely, according to an ambitious idea.

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#98138
2014-03-26

Pacific Islands At Sea Over Land Rights

SYDNEY, Mar 26 2014 (IPS) - For many Pacific Islanders, customary land is the source of life, identity and social security. However, most island states are developing countries, and governments claim land reform is needed to improve infrastructure and economic development. Registration of custom ...

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#97828
2014-02-28

Shifting Rainy Season Wreaks Havoc on Barbuda’s Crops

HIGHLANDS, Barbuda, Feb 28 2014 (IPS) - Water rationing has become a way of life for the 1,800 residents of the tiny island of Barbuda, which has been experiencing prolonged dry periods, especially in the Highlands area near the main agricultural lands.

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#97768
2014-02-25

UN kicks off International Year to raise profile of small island developing countries

24 February 2014 – While drawing attention to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the International Year of Small Island Developing States – which kicked off today at the United Nations – is also a chance to address increasing environmental degradation, and social and economic margi ...

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#97776
2014-02-25

From policy to action

The year 2014 should hold special significance for Barbados, as it has been designated by the United Nations as the Year of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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#97761
2014-02-24

Species Loss on Mauritius - What's left of paradise

Every year, nearly a million tourists come to the island nation. Residents and visitors have taken a heavy toll on the ecosystem. In no other country on earth have more species become extinct than in Mauritius.

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#97702
2014-02-20

Small Island Developing States conference calls for greater sustainability

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism has engaged its local and regional partners in forging strategies aimed at continuing the sustainable growth of their respective economies, during the Small Island Developing States Conference.

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#97436
2014-02-05

Saving the Tiny Island of Petite Martinique

SANCHEZ, Petite Martinique, Feb 5 2014 (IPS) - Sanchez is a small central business district in Petite Martinique, the tiny island that forms part of the tri-nation state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

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#96974
2014-01-10

Island lizards found to be tamer than their mainland counterparts

The lack of predators on islands made it easier to approach the lizards because of their underdeveloped flight response.

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#96589
2013-12-04

Human interference real threat to Pacific atolls

The facts around rising sea levels are widely misunderstood or misinterpreted. This has added heat to a New Zealand news story that went global: "NZ casts off first Pacific island climate change refugee".

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#96434
2013-11-22

Pacific unites on development agenda

GENEVA, Switzerland ---- The small islands of the Pacific continue to lead the world in efforts to unite climate change and disaster risk reduction initiatives under one development agenda.

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#96284
2013-11-08

Isles of Scilly rat eradication to 'save seabirds' begins

A project aimed at protecting internationally important seabird populations on two of the Isles of Scilly by killing more than 3,000 brown rats, is under way.

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#95868
2013-10-08

Island states splits may sap their bargaining power

[SANTIAGO] Severe tensions among small island developing states (SIDS) at a preparatory meeting have weakened their position for next year's third UN conference on SIDS in Apia, Samoa, according to those at the meeting.

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#95595
2013-09-20

Rising Seas Not the Only Culprit Behind Kiribati’s Woes

TARAWA, Kiribati, Sep 20 2013 (IPS) - Scientists say dredging, building causeways and natural climate variations are largely responsible for the flooding events that many officials here point to as evidence that climate change-induced sea-level rise is shrinking and destroying their tropical Pac ...

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#95382
2013-09-04

Hidden Island found

NIGHTFALL was coming. Thousands of bats came streaming out of the neighboring island, flitting and foraging for fruits among trees growing on the side of a hill in Bucas Grande, located in the southern part of the Siargao group of islands in the Philippines.

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#94894
2013-08-01

The iguana man: saving the reptilian kings of the Bahamas

Before the arrival of humans—with their dogs, cats, and wild pigs—the northern Bahamian rock iguana ruled its home range, being pound-for-pound among the biggest land animals on the islands.

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#94855
2013-07-29

Island provides seeds of hope

A happy meeting of minds and opportunity could lead to the critically endangered native kakabeak plant thriving in Northland.

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#93880
2013-05-23

Caribbean talks conservation on Branson's island

NECKER ISLAND, British Virgin Islands (AP) — Surrounded by a turquoise sea and a menagerie of exotic animals on a billionaire's private island, political and business leaders gathered Friday to back an initiative aimed at expanding protection for the Caribbean's imperiled coasts and waters.

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