Marine and Polar

Solenopsis invicta, red imported fire ant

Protect your ports against invasive species

Ports and trade hotspots in the United States should have better ways to detect invasive species and more rapid response protocols, according to a new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  …  

01 Sep 2009 | News story

Clown fish in Moorea, French Polynesia

IUCN welcomes France’s significant scale-up of marine protected areas

France has significantly boosted progress towards improved protection of the marine environment. President Sarkozy speaking recently in Le Havre announced the creation of marine protected areas (MPAs) covering 20% of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. …  

27 Aug 2009 | News story

Alaskan pollock fishing boats

Good News for Arctic Fish

IUCN’s Global Marine Programme is delighted by the Obama administration’s recent approval of a management plan that prevents the expansion of commercial fishing in the Arctic, a decision that marks a huge step in the conservation of marine resources. …  

25 Aug 2009 | News story

Resilience Herbivorous Monitoring

Herbivorous reef fishes critical for long-term coral reef health and resilience

Herbivorous reef fishes not only have a key role in keeping algal growth at bay and thereby enabling corals to grow and reproduce, they are also important players in the long-term health and survival of coral reefs in the face of climate change and other threats. These are the findings of a new report published by IUCN and its institutional partners released today. …  

24 Aug 2009 | News story

Participants in the workshop on conservation of the Alboran Sea - Malaga, july 2009

Priority areas for conserving the Alboran Sea

Among the different marine areas of the Mediterranean Sea, the Alboran Sea represents a unique element given its ecological wealth, due to its blend of Atlantic and Mediterranean marine biodiversity, its socioeconomic importance, and its geopolitical location between Europe and Africa. The adequate management of this space, and in particular the conservation of certain areas, is essential for the three bordering countries of the Alboran Sea: Algeria, Morocco, and Spain. …   | French | Spanish

05 Aug 2009 | News story

Coral reef

The Environmental Information Revolution - A Forum

Climate change has spurred an unprecedented demand for information about our changing planet. Decision makers need timely, accurate, scientifically sound and relevant information. IUCN CEC Chair Keith Wheeler will moderate one of several high-powered panels on this issue at a Washington D.C. forum on July 30, 2009. Panel topics include private sector opportunity; Earth Observations and how to deliver information about carbon and oceans;  managing risk and guiding climate change adaptation; and financing the environmental information revolution.
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16 Jul 2009 | News story

Bartolome Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Sylvia Earle: A wish big enough to change the world

IUCN’s Global Marine Programme and World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Marine are delighted to announce that they have been appointed by Dr. Sylvia Earle as technical advisors on her 2009 TED Prize wish - “to protect the blue heart of the planet.”  

13 Jul 2009 | News story

Students of Sainte-Therese School receiving games of the Honu Toolkit at the launch on World Oceans Day 2009

New Toolkit to Help Turtles

Te mana o te moana, a non-profit organization in French Polynesia and a new member of IUCN, has been promoting their Honu Toolkit to the people of French Polynesia since its launch on World Oceans Day, in June of this year. …  

13 Jul 2009 | News story

Seamount species

Seamounts Project successfully kicked-off

The IUCN-executed Seamounts Project – the first GEF-funded project looking at the governance of areas beyond the limit of national jurisdiction – was successfully received by an audience of Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) practitioners, who welcomed this new endeavour. …  

09 Jul 2009 | News story

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Assessment of Assessments

A new report will be presented to the United Nations General Assembly in September which provides governments with a sound basis for deciding this fall whether and how to establish an assessment process for better understanding ocean processes through an integrated framework.  …  

30 Jun 2009 | 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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