Marine and Polar

Development co-operation for Marine Research in East and West Africa: Lessons Learned and Future Directions

Marine research: East and West Africa urged to learn from each other

West Africa has comparably well-developed activities for MPAs and fisheries, whilst East Africa has a longer history of research capacity building and integrated coastal management projects. There is therefore much scope for exchange and cooperation between the two regions according to a new IUCN report. …  

27 Nov 2007 | News story

Fishermen in the Banc d`Arguin National Park,Mauritania

Panel set up to advise on environmental impacts of oil drilling

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) is creating an independent scientific panel to advise the Government of Mauritania on environmental issues concerning oil and gas development.
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06 Nov 2007 | News story

Interaction between Aquaculture and the evironment

IUCN releases first guide for sustainable aquaculture

IUCN has released the first in the series of “Guidelines for the Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Aquaculture” targeted at decision-makers, scientists
and producers. …  

23 Oct 2007 | News story

brain coral (lobophyllia)

Une nouvelle loi Mer pour la France !

A la veille du Grenelle de l’environnement et du premier colloque national sur les aires marines protégées, le Comité français de l’UICN publie un nouveau rapport indiquant que l’heure est venue pour l’Etat français d’adopter une loi Mer. Avec le deuxième domaine maritime au monde, la France a d’importantes responsabilités pour la préservation de la biodiversité marine mais sa législation peine à y répondre en étant trop sectorielle et complexe, sans vision d’ensemble pour sa protection.
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23 Oct 2007 | News story

Galapagos National Park,Ecuador

It’s ocean time for Latin America

Marine protected areas should be the new priority for South American governments, according to those who attended the Latin American Parks Congress earlier this month.
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17 Oct 2007 | News story

Local volunteers release a green turtle in Minh Chau island

Helping hands needed: Marine turtles and their habitats

Forty eight essays and 108 paintings about marine turtles and their habitats from junior high school pupils on Minh Chau Island in the gulf of Tonkin were judged this September by a committee of environmental and community education activists, local conservationists, teachers, and representative from IUCN Viet Nam. …  

07 Oct 2007 | News story

Ship

Experts analyse the impact of shipping activities on biodiversity in the Mediterranean

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation organised a workshop in Istanbul, Turkey from 22-24 September 2007 to analyze the impact of shipping activities on biodiversity in the Mediterranean. …  

24 Sep 2007 | News story

Fish Harvest

Second Global Conference on Large Marine Ecosystems hails progress towards transboundary fisheries management in Africa

Two African Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) projects, part of the global LME movement supported by the Global Environment Facility and a host of international organisations, including IUCN, are the first to have successfully established innovative, ministerial level, ecosystem-based Commissions to oversee the recovery, development and sustainability of their goods and services. …  

17 Sep 2007 | News story

Shark Depredation and Unwanted
Bycatch in Pelagic Longline Fisheries

Improved Understanding of Interactions between Sharks and Longline Fisheries Benefits Both Fishing Industry and Sharks

Interactions between sharks and pelagic longline fisheries are causing ecological, economic and social problems. Studies, announced recently by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, indicate that action is needed to develop methods to deter sharks from taking hooked fish from longline gear - amove that will benefit sharks and the fishing industry. …  

07 Sep 2007 | News story

Economic Valuation workshop participants,Cape Town

IUCN host workshop on Economic Valuation of LMEs at GEF International Waters Conference

Economic Valuation (EV) is a practical tool that can be used within a business approach to ecosystem management. It can be applied in a multitude of different ways but is commonly used to assess potential benefits and costs, and to identify potential stakeholders and threats. At the end of July 2007, IUCN offered participants at the GEF Fourth Biennial International Waters Conference the chance to attend a workshop to learn more about this tool applied in the context of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs). …  

06 Sep 2007 | 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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