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Construct an oil pipeline next to gray whale feeding area? Think twice, warns independent panel of scientists

Members of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, an independent scientific body convened by IUCN, have voiced their concern to Exxon Neftegaz Ltd. over plans to build an oil pipeline and an ice bridge across the Piltun Lagoon on the Sakhalin Island. The Lagoon is believed to be of crucial importance for the productivity of species on which western gray whales feed. …  

07 May 2008 | News story

IUCN Marine Team

IUCN GMP and WCPA-Marine participates in the 4th Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, Hanoi, Vietnam, 8-11 April 2008

The Conference was organized by the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, which was created in 2002 by an informal World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) coordinating group in Johannesburg, South Africa. Comprised of individuals from governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Global Forum serves as a platform for cross-sectoral information sharing and dialogue on issues affecting oceans, coasts and islands, with the goal of achieving sustainable development in these areas. The event brought together over 430 participants from 71 countries representing governments, UN and other international agencies, NGOs, industry, oceans donors, organized science groups, and networks of museums and aquaria. …   | French

05 May 2008 | News story

Marine Series No. 4: Elements of a Possible Implementation Agreement to UNCLOS for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction

IUCN launches four online papers to inform international discussions on marine biodiversity in ABNJ

After launching the new IUCN series of Environmental Policy and Law Papers online last Friday, IUCN’s Environmental Law Centre in Bonn has just published Paper No. 4 of the series – “Elements of a Possible Implementation Agreement to UNCLOS for the conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction”. …  

30 Apr 2008 | News story

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Biodiversity loss – it will make you sick

A new generation of antibiotics, new treatments for thinning bone disease and kidney failure, and new cancer treatments may all stand to be lost unless the world acts to reverse the present alarming rate of biodiversity loss a new landmark book says. …  

23 Apr 2008 | International news release

Arlene Amponin presents lessons learned from the Philippines PES case study

IUCN-GEF IW-Learn workshop examines the mechanics of Payments for Ecosystem Services

Are Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) a viable way of financing management of river basins and coastal environments? What steps are needed to develop PES schemes? What experiences and lessons learned have been generated from attempts to develop PES in the real world? These are some of the questions examined at the IUCN-GEF IW-Learn workshop on Designing Payment Schemes for Ecosystem Services held from April 3-5, 2008 in Hanoi, Vietnam. …  

22 Apr 2008 | News story

Thunnus obesus or Bigeye tuna.

Tune in to the tuna debate

A Sustainable Tuna Roundtable is being held today, hosted by IUCN and the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council.  It will bring together the tuna fishing industry and the retail industry in an attempt to get both industries to agree on a single set of standards to assess the sustainability of tuna catches. 

21 Apr 2008 | News story

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People of Salum learn about marine conservation

The Salum area is part of the western Mediterranean coastal region of Egypt, extending 600 km between Alexandria in the east to the Libyan border in the west. This area, including the Gulf of Salum, has been identified by Egypt as the most appropriate site to establish a protected area in order to maximize conservation of a representative cross section of the region’s natural resources. …  

11 Apr 2008 | News story

Drama performance about sea turtle conservation by trainees

Sea Turtle Conservation: Building Awareness and Knowledge for Local Communities

A training workshop about implementing an extra-curricular lesson series, “Protecting Sea Turtles and their Habitat” was conducted in mid-March for more than 30 junior high school teachers in the two coastal communes of Hai An and Trieu Lang in Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province. …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story

Kotor Bay, Montenegro

Montenegro and IUCN unite efforts to protect nature

The creation of marine protected areas to safeguard biodiversity has been identified as a first step to meet international standards …  

13 Mar 2008 | International news release

Deepwater coral accidentally caught during a bottom trawl. December 2007.

Deep Discussions end in darkness in Rome

Discussions in Rome failed to agree on new guidance for deep-sea fisheries in the high seas. A second meeting was called for this summer to discuss outstanding issues. …  

12 Feb 2008 | News story