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Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns will be launched today at the landmark Water Lives symposium, bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists. Freshwaters are incredibly diverse habitats; they cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface yet are home to 35% of all vertebrate species. Sadly, freshwater life is declining at an alarming rate, faster than any other component of global biodiversity. …  

29 Jan 2014 | News story

Participants at the workshop

Workshop puts focus on MPAs in Caribbean EU Overseas territories

MPA managers from across EU Overseas entities and other countries in the Caribbean region have attended a workshop held in St. Martin on the topic of building marine ecosystem resilience through the use of MPA networks. The event has been hailed a great success with stakeholders using the platform to share best practices and where they also discussed a regional approach to support actions on the ground.  

05 Dec 2013 | Article
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La Palme IFRECOR award

French Champions of coral reef protection awarded

For the third year running IFRECOR – the French Coral Reef Initiative – has announced the winners of the Palme IFRECOR awards for actions and policies at the local level that aim to protect, better manage and restore coral reefs and associated ecosystems such as seagrasses and mangroves. …  

22 Nov 2013 | Article
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Women fishing in Mayotte

Nature-based solutions at European Development Days

IUCN will host the event Nature-based solution to development needs during this years' edition of the European Development Days, the annual high-level event on development aid organised by the European Commission.  …  

15 Nov 2013 | News story
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MPAs

New report on European overseas MPAs coming soon

A new study by IUCN that aims to assess the current status of marine conservation in European Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) - with a specific focus on marine protected areas - will published soon by IUCN. …  

30 Oct 2013 | Article
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Bright spot workshop at IMPAC3 in Marseille

European overseas ‘bright spots’ highlighted in Marseille

IUCN, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and RARE facilitated a 'bright spot' exchange that showcased successful island conservation and sustainable livelihoods initiatives from across the globe and in European Overseas entities during the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress in Marseille. …  

29 Oct 2013 | Article
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Triggerfish

Pitcairn Islands – the ocean’s best kept secret

Four and a half thousand kilometres north-east of New Zealand lies the world’s most remote group of islands – the Pitcairn Islands. The islands, which are a British Overseas Territory, are home to 50 people. They are surrounded by an exclusive economic zone of over 836,000 square kilometres, which hosts one of the best-preserved marine ecosystems on the planet. …  

25 Oct 2013 | News story

Marine Protected Areas cover almost 3% of the ocean

World nearing 3% of ocean protection

Marseille, France, 24 October 2013 – Marine protected areas now cover 2.8% of the global ocean – an area larger than Europe – according to the official map released today based on data provided by the World Database on Protected Areas, run by IUCN and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). …   | Spanish

24 Oct 2013 | International news release

The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is a large inlet in the eastern Pacific Ocean located along the northwestern coast of Mexico. Covering about 160,000 square kilometers, the Gulf of California covers 4,000 kilometers of coastline and reaches depths of over 3,000 meters.

There is hope for the ocean

Thirty one new Hope Spots - places that are critical to the health of the ocean - were announced yesterday by renowned oceanographer and IUCN Patron Sylvia Earle, a global initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance “Mission Blue” and IUCN, with the aim to scale up the marine protection necessary for a sustainable development of the ocean. …  

23 Oct 2013 | News story

Penguins in Cape Hallet, Antarctica

Are oceans a universal value? IUCN identifies gaps in marine World Heritage

Marseille, 22 October 2013 - A new IUCN report identifying gaps in marine World Heritage was launched today at the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC). The study provides a road map to ensure the World Heritage Convention reflects the diversity of marine ecosystems in future nominations.   …  

22 Oct 2013 | News story