Marine and Polar

This page is a list of the most recently updated pages and stories that have been tagged “Marine and Polar” by IUCN thematic and regional units.
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The climate mitigation potential of coastal carbon-rich ecosystems such as mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrasses – often referred to as coastal ‘blue...
Blue carbon ecosystems are unique in that they sequester and store carbon dioxide (CO2) at much higher rates per unit area than terrestrial forests – up to six times more than undisturbed tropical...
The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and IUCN have launched the Marine Protected Planet Interactive - the world’s most...
Several large-scale Marine Protected Areas have been announced in recent months. Marine Protected Planet Interactive for the first time tells the story behind the headlines and will help to scale up...
Protecting the ocean from growing threats so that it can continue to feed communities around the world is the focus of the Fourth International...
The Congress aims to improve the way we protect and manage the most diverse and productive areas of the ocean, as an imperative for marine life and for future generations. It will focus on the...
As part of the pilot project "Inventories of species and habitats of the French Outermost Regions" a call for proposals will be launched soon.
This project was initiated by Younous Omarjee (Member of the European Parliament), is managed by the European Commission (DG ENV) and implemented by IUCN and project partners. The project BEST RUP (...
14th edition of the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme newsletter - September 2017
Marine News is the annual newsletter of IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme but includes news on marine and polar issues from across the Union
The answer is yes. Restoring and protecting mangroves helps fulfil multiple Global Goals, from improving life below water, to reducing poverty and...
In September 2015, 193 countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a roadmap to alleviate global poverty, advance social and economic development and importantly, further the...
Women and men in coastal communities are often closely connected to their coastal ecosystems and gender roles are often traditionally identified and...
Mangrove forests are particularly rich in directly harvestable seafood, timber, firewood and other plant products such as tea and roofing materials. They also provide vital protection against floods...
Mangroves support rich biodiversity and high levels of productivity, supplying seafood at capacities large enough to feed millions of people....
Mangrove forests are structurally diverse ecosystems, sustaining high biodiversity as well as rich seafood supplies. Partly submerged in the ocean, mangroves form a tangled web of above-ground roots...
July 26, 2017 – The world is losing its mangrove forests at an alarming rate. Scientists estimate that 50 percent of our mangroves have disappeared...
Today, as the world celebrates the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, we are proud to announce that the GMA is growing. The International Union for Conservation of...
Mangrove forests evolved where two of the most contrasting environments on earth meet – the interface between the land and sea. 
Wedged in the intertidal zone, dissected by river deltas or stuck in the sand pits of coastal lagoons, mangroves are highly dynamic ecosystems faced with exceptional challenges – changing tides,...
Report of the workshop on Marine Protected Areas in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, 16-17 May, 2017, Gland, Switzerland
Whilst it has been argued that there may be economic and environmental advantages to deep seabed mining, the limited knowledge of deep sea ecosystems...

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