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Xprize Ocean Health

IUCN hails launch of XPRIZE on ocean health

The Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, launched this week with IUCN as a partner, promises to improve our understanding of how carbon dioxide emissions are driving the process of ocean acidification, a global threat that could greatly affect multiple levels of the ocean's food chain.
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10 Sep 2013 | News story

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Consulting on the Blue Society

The Sea for Society project is in the process of examining how it is that a more integrated and sustainable approach to marine and maritime systems can be achieved in Europe. Between May and October of this year citizens from all of Europe will be meeting to discuss such issues and help towards the goal of defining a new vision for the marine environment: the Blue Society.  …  

29 Aug 2013 | News story
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Alison Sudol

High hopes for the high seas

Lend your support to IUCN’s Goodwill Ambassador, singer-songwriter Alison Sudol who is campaigning to raise funds for IUCN’s work on saving the high seas. …  

26 Aug 2013 | Article

High seas

The high seas call for more transparency

At the United Nations Headquarters on Friday, governments agreed to start scoping the content and feasibility of a new international legal agreement to conserve marine biodiversity in the two-thirds of the ocean that lies beyond the jurisdiction of individual States. This signals a strong shift in political opinion in favour of a new agreement, though the final outcome of these talks remains unclear. …  

25 Aug 2013 | News story

EWt, SOS, dugongs

Activists Swim for Dugongs

Picture this. On August 22, 2013, a group of eleven friends will swim 5 kilometres across a lake from France to Switzerland. This not any ordinary swim, this is the IUCN Big Swim across lac Leman! You can support the Big Swim by donating via the following link to the SOS project page: http://bit.ly/1epxCf3  Every little helps and is much appreciated.     …  

21 Aug 2013 | News story

Western gray whale

Salmon fishing clashes with endangered gray whales

An IUCN group of experts is calling for an immediate halt to large-scale commercial salmon fishing near Piltun Lagoon, Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East because of the risk it poses to about 150 critically endangered Western Gray whales found in this area. …   | Russian

16 Aug 2013 | News story

Glacial activity in the Antarctic sea

Effort to establish world’s largest marine protected area in Antarctica Postponed….Again

Talks to create the world’s largest marine protected area in Antarctica have failed as the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) could not reach agreement due to critiques from state members Russia, Norway, China, and others. The proposals, discussed at a special session in Germany this month, call for networks of MPAs in the Ross Sea, proposed by New Zealand and the USA; and the Eastern Antarctic, proposed by Australia, France, and the European Union. The new protected areas, about 3.93 million square kilometres, would more than double the area of the world’s oceans that are protected. …  

25 Jul 2013 | Article

Cover of the publication "Mediterranean MPAs and climate change"

Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas play a key role in understanding the effects of climate change

Climate change is likely to have drastic effects on the habitat of the Mediterranean flora and fauna, but its impacts will vary between Mediterranean regions and between marine protected areas (MPAs) within each region. This IUCN guide analyzes the threats and effects of climate change on Mediterranean marine biodiversity and provides MPA managers with tools to monitor and mitigate changes in their own MPA. …   | French | Spanish

24 Jul 2013 | News story

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Call for Island Bright Spot recommendations

Ahead of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IUCN and the Global Island Partnership are calling for Island Bright Spot recommendations - projects, programs, policies or initiatives at any level that are making a difference in advancing conservation and sustainable livelihoods for islands across the world. 

10 Jul 2013 | Article
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IUCN-WWF cover MPA guide publication

A new practical tool to evaluate Marine Protected Areas management in the Mediterranean

According to a recent survey conducted by the MedPAN Association over 80 Mediterranean marine protected areas (MPA) more than half of them did not yet have a management plan for the sites and 75% of the Natura 2000 sites (in EU countries) still did not have a management body. In order to reinforce the effectiveness of Mediterranean marine protected areas and to achieve a more unified approach, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and WWF-Italy have worked in close collaboration with MPA managers to create an inclusive yet synthetic tool to assess MPA management. …   | French | Spanish

03 Jul 2013 | News story