Marine and Polar

Open seas near the Seychelles

“10 Principles” for improving governance of the high seas – have your say!

The Forum of the World Conservation Congress will host what promises to be an exciting and challenging debate on how to overcome barriers to effective governance of half the surface of our planet: the high seas. …  

15 Sep 2008 | News story

Distribution of Mediterranean MPAs.

The new database of Mediterranean MPAs is NOW online!

The inventory of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of the Mediterranean Sea has been recently updated and improved and the online database is freely searchable at www.medpan.org 

12 Sep 2008 | News story

Ship groundings are a major hazard for coral reef ecosystems

IUCN and PERSGA build capacity to deal with Middle East ship groundings

IUCN and the Regional Organization for Conservation of Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA) recently joined forces to deliver a training course on the Economic Valuation of Damage by Ship Grounding on Coral Reefs.
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29 Aug 2008 | News story

Mangrove, Rhizophora mucronata, planted a year previously in Jaring Halus, North Sumatra

Sea-level rise may be the greatest threat to mangroves

Mangrove ecosystems are under threat from climate change. Initial research led by IUCN and three leading universities shows that most mangrove sediment surface levels are not keeping pace with sea-level rise.  The greatest impact will be on those mangroves where there is limited area for landward migration. 

29 Aug 2008 | News story

WCC Marine Guide

Looking forward to the 2008 IUCN Congress: Marine Guide

The IUCN Congress in Barcelona this October will feature over 100 marine-related events. The IUCN Global Marine Programme has issued a flier to highlight these and display a first timetable of the main marine workshops. …  

28 Aug 2008 | News story

I Taller Regional sobre Conservación y Manejo de las Poblaciones de Tiburones en el Pacífico Oriental

Países del Pacífico Oriental se unen para proteger a los tiburones

Los tiburones mako, martillo, sedoso, azul y zorro pelágico fueron las especies identificadas por los participantes del taller regional. Se prepara una próxima reunión en México.
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14 Jul 2008 | News story

Deep-sea squid. Teuthowenia pellucida

"The Deep" Expo moves to Hong Kong

Author, film-maker and IUCN Ambassador for the Oceans, Claire Nouvian, today opened the Hong Kong leg of her travelling exhibition on the incredible biodiversity in the deep seas.  …  

11 Jul 2008 | News story

Whale photographe

Scientists send distress signal to Russian PM Vladimir Putin over oil project's threat to rare whales

A panel of whale scientists convened by IUCN has addressed an open letter to the Russian Prime Minister to highlight the lack of transparency in oil operations off eastern Russia, which could seriously imact the already critically-endangered western gray whale population . …  

10 Jul 2008 | News story

Barcelona Congress

Apply now for the Business Night School

Three-hour long Learning Opportunities will equip non-business delegates to the IUCN World Conservation Congress with knowledge and skills to work with business on contributing to ecosystem management solutions. Each evening (6-8 October), four sessions will run in parallel on (1) business basics, (2) partnerships, (3) communication and (4) tools, using case examples from a wide variety of sectors including energy, agri-business, advertising and communication technology. …   | Spanish

08 Jul 2008 | News story

Platform

Scientists work with oil consortium to limit effects of seismic work on critically-endangered whale population

A taskforce of whale and oil industry experts convened by IUCN have published a list of monitoring and mitigation measures aimed at minimising the impacts of a seismic survey off Sakhalin Island in eastern Russia scheduled for 2009. …  

30 Jun 2008 | 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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