Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

About marine and polar conservation

Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface and support an extraordinarily diverse world. Only a fraction of it has been discovered so far and much of ocean life remains a mystery which IUCN experts are striving to unveil.

It is estimated that more than 1 million species live on coral reefs alone, and as many as 10 million in the deep seas.

The threats facing the marine environment are numerous and complex yet less than 2% of the oceans are protected.

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À travers le monde, les reporters et les photographes de Terre sauvage racontent comment on tente de sauver l’antilope saïga au Kazakhstan, le palissandre du Siam en Thaïlande, ou les vautours un peu partout

La Liste Rouge des espèces menacèes a 50 ans, un numéro spécial de Terre Sauvage célèbre cet anniversaire

Aujourd’hui, une espèce de mammifère sur quatre est menacée d’extinction au niveau mondial. C’est également le cas pour un oiseau sur huit, plus d’un amphibien sur trois, un tiers des requins et des coraux constructeurs de récifs, et plus d’une espèce de conifères sur trois. …  

11 Dec 2014 | News story

Terre Sauvage

Helping celebrate more than 50 years of IUCN’s contribution to wildlife conservation with a magazine and free digital app

To help celebrate more than 50 years of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) work protecting our global natural heritage, Terre Sauvage has published a special edition of their renowned wildlife magazine. …  

11 Dec 2014 | News story

Adult Antarctic Krill

Underestimating the ocean: new evidence from IUCN highlights the carbon-regulating capacity of the ocean

Gland, Switzerland, 9 December 2014 – Protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and conserving fish and krill stocks are critical for tackling climate change. This is one of the findings of a report released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in which top marine scientists describe how atmospheric carbon is captured, stored and moves in the ocean. …   | Dutch

09 Dec 2014 | International news release