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Royal Geographical Society to host event on UK Overseas Territories

Filmmaker and geographer Stewart McPherson spent three years visiting all UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) in order to research, film and document the wealth of flora and fauna in these remote regions. Hours of footage taken across Britain’s most remote outposts have been edited into a series of documentary films that aim to raise awareness of the wildlife and conservation of the territories.  

09 Feb 2016 | Article

World Wetlands Day 2016

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands & Sustainable Livelihoods

Each year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, to celebrate our planet’s wetlands but also to draw attention to the challenges that their degradation brings. …  

02 Feb 2016 | News story

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Microplastics: A global disaster in the Arctic Ocean

Microplastics pollution in the Arctic and its effects on ecosystems, human health and ice formation and melting are the subject of a newly launched IUCN research project. …  

29 Jan 2016 | News story

Regional Conservation Forum Helsinki

Message from Helsinki - A special attention to the EU Overseas and BEST Initiative highlighted as innovative financing mechanism

The IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for Europe, North and Central Asia, held on 14-16 December 2015 in Helsinki, delivered the Message from Helsinki to support mainstreaming biodiversity and inspiring new generations through a series of actions. Special focus was placed on the management of marine ecosystems that are under strong pressure from overfishing, pollution and ocean acidification and a special attention was called for the EU Overseas (Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories). …  

27 Jan 2016 | Article

Publication: Atlas of the Mediterranean Seamounts and Seamount-like Structures

Mediterranean seamounts, a hotspot of biodiversity

Relatively recent knowledge has been acquired by the latest advances in technology which have led to demonstrate the ecological significance of unknown ecosystems. Thanks to that new technology, in the Mediterranean over 242 seamounts, banks rises, highs, hills, spurs and other kind of sea floor elevations have been identified and described through the project “Atlas of the Mediterranean Seamounts and Seamount-like Structures” coordinated by Maurizio Würtz and Marzia Rovere with the collaboration of more than 20 experts and with the support of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation. …   | French | Spanish

22 Jan 2016 | News story

Deep-sea squid (Teuthowenia pellucida)

The Deep - Leading the way with new IUCN job role

The Deep, one of the largest public aquariums in the UK, is recruiting for a Marine Officer in a new collaborative project with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Marine Biodiversity Unit to help achieve the goal of assessing 20,000 marine species by 2020 for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. …  

20 Jan 2016 | News story

Fish silhouettes

A new marine reserve in the Atlantic waters around Ascension Island

This year begins on a very positive note from the British government who have announced the future establishment of a marine reserve almost as big as the UK in the Atlantic waters of Ascension Island. Home to large colonies of tropical seabirds, green turtles and some of the largest marlin in the world, it is the latest remote island marine reserve to be declared after the creation of the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve in March 2015.   …  

12 Jan 2016 | Article

Park rangers

Nominate your Heritage Hero!

Do you know someone who is doing outstanding conservation work for a natural World Heritage site? Would you like to see this person recognised for their exemplary contribution? If so, get in touch! …   | French | Spanish

11 Jan 2016 | Article

Turtle in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Watching over the universal worth of Tubbataha Reefs’ paradise of blue

What does marine paradise look like? Imagine pristine coral reef, turquoise blue lagoons, whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds. Such a paradise exists on Earth, in Tubbataha Reefs National Park in the Philippines. …  

08 Jan 2016 | Article

Participants of the workshop.

Developing of Base Maps of Tropical Aquatic Resources in the Pacific

 A workshop was organized by the University of Fiji (UniFiji) on USAIDs Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) Project titled “Developing of Base Maps of Tropical Aquatic Resources in the Pacific” at the Lautoka Waterfront Hotel on 2nd December 2015. The objectives of the workshop were: 1. To provide information on the USAIDs funded climate change adaptation project; “Developing of Base Maps of Tropical Aquatic Resources in the Pacific”.
2. To present and discuss the Monitoring and Evaluation plan for the shallow water aquatic resource mapping project. …  

18 Dec 2015 | News story

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