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Diver enjoying the experience of diving on biodiverse and healthy Egyptian coral reefs. Photo by HEPCA

Tourism industry should better cater for climate-sensitive holiday makers

A survey of tourists and tour operators in the Egyptian Red Sea region shows that the industry often misperceives its clients’ environmental sensitivity, putting its own business at risk. Climate change is a growing threat to the tourism industry by making destinations less attractive and jeopardizing major sources of income. The awareness of tourists towards climate change and other environmental issues is likely to be a major driver of their future holiday choices.
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29 Jan 2010 | News story

Analyses cover for CITES CoP15

IUCN and TRAFFIC release CITES CoP15 Analyses of the Proposals

In preparation for the upcoming CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) meeting (15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, CoP15) that will be taking place 13 – 25 March 2010 in Doha, Qatar, IUCN and TRAFFIC have released the results of their Analyses of the Proposals to Amend the Appendices. See here for the table with the Analyses. …  

12 Jan 2010 | News story

Silver spinyfin (Diretmus argenteus)

21st century explorers return with unique data from Indian Ocean

A team of the world’s leading marine experts, paired with scientists from the Indian Ocean region, have just returned from a six-week research expedition above seamounts in the high seas of the Indian Ocean with a whole new understanding of seamount ecosystems. They gathered a very rich collection of data and specimens, including some strange-looking marine creatures. …  

18 Dec 2009 | News story

An explosion of marine life surrounds healthy coral reefs in the Philippine's Verde Island Passage.

Stop our oceans souring

Copenhagen, Denmark, 10 December 2009 (IUCN) – Deep and immediate cuts in emissions are needed to stall ocean acidification and prevent mass extinction of marine species, food insecurity and serious damage to the world economy, according to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

10 Dec 2009 | International news release

Antarctic Temp Trend 1982-2004

The next 50 years in Antarctica

1 December 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in Washington DC. To acknowledge this milestone, experts in the field of international governance attended the Antarctic Treaty Summit: Science-Policy Interactions in International Governance symposium, hosted at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. …  

08 Dec 2009 | News story

Deep-sea squid (Teuthowenia pellucida)

Working Towards High Seas Biodiversity Conservation

The open oceans and deep seas represent 95 percent of the global biosphere in volume, play an important regulating role in the Earth’s climate and are home to a major part of the world’s biodiversity. However, mounting pressures from intensifying human uses, climate change and ocean acidification threaten to undermine these ecosystems’ biodiversity, balance and resilience. Due to their remoteness and the logistic difficulties linked to their exploration, these areas remain the least known and least protected places on the planet. Future conservation efforts on the high seas, the open oceans and deep seas falling outside of national jurisdiction, will thus depend on international cooperation and coordination …  

26 Nov 2009 | International news release

Sea urchin in sea grass

Ocean carbon central to climate challenge

World leaders should recognize the immense potential of the ocean to reduce global warming by capturing carbon, if we are to avoid a serious climate crisis. …   | French | Spanish

17 Nov 2009 | International news release

Seamount species

Mysteries of deep-water life in the Indian Ocean to be revealed

A new project led by IUCN will unveil the mysteries of southern Indian Ocean seamounts and help improve conservation and management of resources. …  

12 Nov 2009 | News story

Alaska

Don’t shun the ocean – IUCN tells climate leaders

Failure to recognize the ocean in climate change discussions will have profound consequences for humanity, according to IUCN. …  

10 Nov 2009 | International news release

Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna: Endangered Species

The United States announced last week that it will seek the strongest possible management for the conservation of Atlantic bluefin tuna, sending a clear and definitive statement to the international community that the current status quo is not acceptable. …  

19 Oct 2009 | News story