Ocean Governance

Coral Sea MPA Map

The Government of New Caledonia creates a big MPA in the Coral Sea– le parc naturel de la mer de Corail (nature park of the Coral Sea)

During its 23 April meeting, the government of New Caledonia adopted a decree to create le parc naturel de la mer de Corail. As stated by the president, Harold Martin, New Caledonia is adopting an integrated policy towards management of marine areas that are under its shared responsibility with the French Government. …  

23 Apr 2014 | News story

NOAA

Governments unite to conserve iconic Sargasso Sea

Governments of Bermuda, the Azores, Monaco, United Kingdom and the United States have signed a declaration committing to the conservation of the Sargasso Sea – a vast patch of mid-Atlantic Ocean known for its unique floating seaweeds that harbour rich biodiversity. This is the first time an international alliance has been formed to protect this unique haven of marine life. …  

12 Mar 2014 | International news release

Marine trash and plastic debris, Midway Atoll

IUCN explores marine debris and its effect on migratory species

IUCN has partnered up with Eunomia and the Marine Conservation Society for a study that will explore the relationship between marine debris and migratory species. It is hoped the investigation will shed some further light on the marine waste problem and the solutions that are needed to tackle this menace to the marine environment. 

28 Feb 2014 | News story

Sargasso Sea

Sargasso Sea Alliance Honored with esteemed 2013 International Seakeepers Award

The Sargasso Sea Alliance, an initiative partnered and hosted by IUCN, has been honoured with the 2013 International Seakeepers Award. This recognises the Alliance’s efforts in working towards securing international protection for the Sargasso Sea, an ecosystem of great biological importance that is home to a rich community of hundreds of species. …  

24 Sep 2013 | News story

Sargassum habitat

The Convention on Biological Diversity brings focus to the remote ocean

Last week the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India (8-19 October) took an important step for the global ocean commons, the largest habitat for life on Earth. The 193 Parties to the Convention agreed to send key scientific information to the United Nations describing specific places of “ecological or biological significance” in the open ocean and deep sea, including the high seas and seabed Area beyond national jurisdiction. …  

19 Oct 2012 | Article

ABS in relation to Marine Genetic Resources in ABNJs

IUCN-BfN International Seminar on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction

The draft recommendations from the 4th meeting of the UN Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) have indicated the need to explore the existing gaps in the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, as well as possible ways forward. …  

06 Dec 2011 | News story

A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

Multiple ocean stresses threaten “globally significant” marine extinction

An international panel of experts warns in a report released today that marine species are at risk of entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history. …  

20 Jun 2011 | News story

Albatross in the Pacific Ocean

Breakthrough at the United Nations: hopes grow for the high seas

Today, World Oceans Day, IUCN is celebrating a major breakthrough in global efforts to conserve the high seas. …  

08 Jun 2011 | News story

Katarina Gjerde

Reversing the fate of the oceans

IUCN's High Seas Policy Advisor, Kristina Gjerde, studies the law of the high seas - the 64% of our ocean that lies beyond national legislation. She recently gave a TED Talk presentation outlining some of the problems facing the open oceans and what can be done about them. Stunning photos show the hidden worlds that Gjerde and other lawyers are working to protect from trawling and trash-dumping, through smart policy making and a healthy dose of PR. …  

30 Nov 2010 | Video

Survey of coral  growth in Weh Island,Indonesia

IUCN joins "I am the ocean" campaign

IUCN is part of the Mission Blue “I am the Ocean” global campaign calling for action to protect the oceans and restore the health and productivity of this vital natural resource. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

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