Marine and Polar

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

Mangroves in Can Gio Biosphere Reserve

Mangroves to receive huge boost from new carbon credit rules

A new method for calculating the role that mangrove restoration plays in slowing climate change, by capturing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, has been adopted. …   | French

06 Jun 2011 | News story

Local authorities are checking and tagging the turtle

The role of community participation in marine turtle conservation

On April 21, 2011, the Quang Tri Department of Agricultural and Rural Development (DARD) informed IUCN Vietnam Office about the successful rescue and release of a hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) the day before. …   | Vietnamese

31 May 2011 | News story

Sentier mangrove à Wallis

Mangroves of France overseas

The Conservatoire du littoral, an IUCN member, has carried out an inventory of the mangroves in France overseas. For the first time it presents the extent and distribution of these ecosystems associated with coral reefs between the eight regions located in the Caribbean, Amazon, Indian Ocean and the Pacific. …   | French

27 May 2011 | News story

Erosion côtière

Faire face aux risques côtiers en Afrique de l’Ouest

En vue de réduire les risques liés à l’érosion côtière, onze pays côtiers d’Afrique de l’Ouest se sont dotés d’un schéma directeur d’aménagement du littoral, avec le soutien de l’Union économique et monétaire ouest-africaine (UEMOA). …  

23 May 2011 | News story

Grouper Peek-a-Boo

Best underwater photos

As part of the IUCN 2011 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest, IUCN received 132 photographs of exceptional quality and creativity. Congratulations to the three winners: William Goodwin, Andre Seale and Lill Haugen. …  

12 May 2011 | News story

Sea urchin

Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories - EU 2020 Strategy

The European Union (EU) has recognised the importance of Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories in its recently adopted EU Biodiversity Strategy: Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020. …   | French

06 May 2011 | News story

Claude Ganty, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme

Managing the impacts of offshore energy generation in Europe

Claude Ganty of IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme outlines the environmental implications of the drive to generate renewable energy from the sea and IUCN’s work to address them. …  

02 May 2011 | News story

Whale photograph

Following Flex - the western gray whale

Meet Flex. Flex belongs to the highly threatened population of western gray whales. He has been tagged by satellite and tracked by scientists in the hope to discover the migration routes of the species and ways to better protect it from threats such as accidental entanglement in fishing gear, underwater noise and exposure to spilled oil. …  

02 May 2011 | News story

Ameer Abdulla with a Hawksbill Turtle working on a marine survey examining the damage caused by tsunami in the Indian Ocean

Forgotten seascapes and marine tragedies

Dr Ameer Abdulla’s passion for the sea knows no limits. He works in the most isolated places where political instability and lack of security contrast with the thriving diversity and uniqueness of marine life. Working to preserve this incredible beauty and engage local communities in conservation, he continues his fight to make this world ‘a better place’. …  

01 May 2011 | News story


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.
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