Marine Protected Areas - an investment well worth its price

23 October 2013 | News story

Halfway through the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress taking in Marseille, we asked Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme to tell us about the most important issues discussed so far.

He highlighted the importance of the socio-economic aspect of protected areas and the need to improve their ability to cope with the changes that people inflict on them:

The Congress in Marseille will be followed by a ministerial meeting in Corsica, with the aim of getting a stronger global committment to tackling some of the challenges protected areas face today.

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.