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Arctic plastics web 2

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! Update: nominations are now closed. …   | 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

Participants of the three days Strengthening cooperation between Large Marine Protected Areas in the Pacific meeting.

Strengthening cooperation between large marine protected areas

The Pacific Islands region has responsibility for 10% of the global ocean surface and hosting the world's largest tuna stocks. Currently, marine protected areas cover just over 2% of the world’s oceans, and only about 1% is strongly protected in no-take marine reserves. In this context, small Pacific Island states with massive ocean territory are taking a global leadership position by establishing and effectively managing large scale marine protected areas and others are making similar pledges. …  

17 Dec 2015 | News story

13A-068-027, Education Sensitization Meeting Chepu Sherbro Island,  Augustine Sesay, SOS Save Our Species, RAP SL, Sea Turtle conservation

Persistence pays with sea turtle education and sensitisation in Sierra Leone

“Community education and sensitisation meetings are considered integral for conservation projects such as ours," explains Edward Aruna (Eddie), project leader with RAP-SL, an SOS Grantee working to save Sierra Leone's sea turtles from over-harvesting, human disturbance and climate change. …  

14 Dec 2015 | News story