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Collecting benthic organisms for ocean acidification pertubatino experiments, Svalbard, Norway

Heralding the next era of action on ocean acidification

Ten years on from when research into ocean acidification started in earnest, the leading scientists in this field have decided that time has come to reflect on what has been learned and to determine a course of action to tackle this very serious threat to our oceans. The Monaco Ocean Acidification Action Plan, launched today in Paris sets out to do just that. The Plan marks the support of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and the continuing leadership of Monaco on ocean acidification issues. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

All levels of the marine web of life have a role to play in the carbon cycle

IUCN joins the Ocean's Call for the Climate

Heads of State, key personalities and 54 environmental organisations, including IUCN, today joined the "Call of the Ocean for the Climate", the starting point of a broad mobilization to encourage the public and decision-makers to give greater consideration to the oceans in climate negotiations. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

Sunset in Vanuatu.

Is it worth investing in coral reefs? Results from an assessment of MPA economic benefits in Fiji and Vanuatu

A study, carried out by IUCN in 10 villages in Vanuatu and Fiji, evaluated the economic benefits of community-based Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Its results show that MPAs make sense not only for their conservation benefits, but they yield tangible economic benefits.   …  

05 Jun 2015 | Article

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

First complete assessment of European marine fishes highlights major threat from overfishing

A total of 7.5% of all European marine fish species are threatened with extinction in European waters, according to the European Red List of Threatened Species published today by IUCN and the European Commission. While some species are recovering, marine management has been less successful for many other commercial fishes: 40.4% of European sharks, rays and chimaeras face an elevated risk of extinction. …  

03 Jun 2015 | News story

Albino turtle hatchling, Vamizi Island, Mozambique

Rare albino turtles hatch on Vamizi Island

Even after long years of nesting monitoring, there are still things that surprise us all. For the first time on Vamizi Island in Mozambique, on the turtle monitoring project that started over 10 years ago, four albino green turtle hatchlings were found on the island's most successful nesting beach, two of which were still alive. What was even more interesting about these hatchlings, was their red eyes (lack of pigmentation), a common consequence of albinism. …  

28 May 2015 | News story

Biodiversity is the cornerstone of our existence

International Day for Biological Diversity 2015: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

Every year on May 22, people around the world celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity, a day aimed at increasing understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. From habitat loss and overexploitation to illegal wildlife trade and climate change, a whole host of very real and damaging threats is facing the planet’s incredible biodiversity. Combatting these issues lies at the core of IUCN’s work and feeds into the organisation’s mission of ‘a just world that values and conserves nature’. …  

22 May 2015 | Article

World Ocean Day event

World Ocean Day to be marked by preparations for the Paris climate conference

World Oceans Day, June 8, 2015, will bring together scientists, political decision-makers, civil society and youth to elaborate, promising ocean-sensitive actions and strategies to mitigate climate change and its socioeconomic impacts. …  

22 May 2015 | News story

Fiddler crab

All species great and small must be preserved

The paper, “The Importance and Benefits of Species”, released today in the journal Current Biology, advocates a conservation philosophy that all species are important, no matter their direct use by humans, apparent value, intelligence or attractiveness. The default setting for our relationship to all species on Earth should be “Conservation”, not trying to develop arguments for why a species should be saved through its current perceived usefulness to humans. …  

20 May 2015 | News story

Uto Ni Yalo crew member Filomena Serenia steering the vaka

A Pacific call for climate action - reflecting on the Mua voyage six months on

Exactly six months ago, four traditional voyaging canoes, otherwise known as vaka, arrived at the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) in Sydney to deliver the Pacific call for global action on climate change and oceans. This journey was the Mua voyage and involved vaka Gaualofa (Samoa and Tonga), Marumaru Atua (Cook Islands), Haunui (Aotearoa) and Uto Ni Yalo (Fiji) travelling from their homelands to the WPC in Australia.   …  

15 May 2015 | Article

Heron in Los Katíos National Park, World Heritage site, Colombia

IUCN recommends action for natural World Heritage in danger

Key recommendations by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, on new and threatened natural World Heritage sites are released today ahead of the World Heritage Committee meeting which takes place in Bonn, Germany from 28 June to 8 July. IUCN recommends that Colombia’s Los Katíos be withdrawn from ‘in-danger’ status. It also recommends inscription for a new site in Jamaica and major extensions to two listed sites in Viet Nam and South Africa. A second batch of reports is due at the end of May. …   | French | Spanish

15 May 2015 | News story