Marine and Polar

Dolphin, near the Azores

States support further action to protect biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction while setting aside the most contentious issues

The outcome of the meeting of the UN Working Group on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction - a Co-Chairs’ joint statement - reflects growing support for a series of short and medium term steps to address weaknesses and gaps in implementation, regulation and governance of human activities affecting marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. 

08 May 2008 | News story

A group activity during the training course

Xây dựng kỹ năng lập kế hoạch đánh bắt hải sản bền vững cho các chủ thể khu bảo tồn biển

Một khóa tập huấn về lập kế hoạch đánh bắt hải sản bền vững để hỗ trợ cho các chủ thể thuộc các khu bảo tồn biển (MPA) do IUCN Việt Nam đồng tài trợ đã được tổ chức vào giữa tháng 4/2008 tại Tp. Quy Nhơn, Tỉnh Bình Định. Đây là nơi có Khu bảo tồn Rừng Ngập mặn Cồn Chim và là nơi cư ngụ của nhiều cộng đồng ngư dân địa phương. …  

07 May 2008 | News story

Whale photograph

Construct an oil pipeline next to gray whale feeding area? Think twice, warns independent panel of scientists

Members of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, an independent scientific body convened by IUCN, have voiced their concern to Exxon Neftegaz Ltd. over plans to build an oil pipeline and an ice bridge across the Piltun Lagoon on the Sakhalin Island. The Lagoon is believed to be of crucial importance for the productivity of species on which western gray whales feed. …  

07 May 2008 | News story

A group activity during the training course

Promoting Sustainable Fisheries in MPAs: Planning Skills Built for Stakeholders

A training course on sustainable fisheries planning to support Marine Protected Area (MPA) stakeholders was co-sponsored by IUCN Viet Nam in mid-April 2008 in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, where Con Chim Mangrove Reserve and many local fishing communities are located. …   | Vietnamese

07 May 2008 | News story

IUCN Marine Team

IUCN GMP and WCPA-Marine participates in the 4th Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, Hanoi, Vietnam, 8-11 April 2008

The Conference was organized by the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, which was created in 2002 by an informal World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) coordinating group in Johannesburg, South Africa. Comprised of individuals from governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Global Forum serves as a platform for cross-sectoral information sharing and dialogue on issues affecting oceans, coasts and islands, with the goal of achieving sustainable development in these areas. The event brought together over 430 participants from 71 countries representing governments, UN and other international agencies, NGOs, industry, oceans donors, organized science groups, and networks of museums and aquaria. …   | French

05 May 2008 | News story

Marine Series No. 4: Elements of a Possible Implementation Agreement to UNCLOS for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction

IUCN launches four online papers to inform international discussions on marine biodiversity in ABNJ

After launching the new IUCN series of Environmental Policy and Law Papers online last Friday, IUCN’s Environmental Law Centre in Bonn has just published Paper No. 4 of the series – “Elements of a Possible Implementation Agreement to UNCLOS for the conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction”. …  

30 Apr 2008 | News story

Arlene Amponin presents lessons learned from the Philippines PES case study

IUCN-GEF IW-Learn workshop examines the mechanics of Payments for Ecosystem Services

Are Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) a viable way of financing management of river basins and coastal environments? What steps are needed to develop PES schemes? What experiences and lessons learned have been generated from attempts to develop PES in the real world? These are some of the questions examined at the IUCN-GEF IW-Learn workshop on Designing Payment Schemes for Ecosystem Services held from April 3-5, 2008 in Hanoi, Vietnam. …  

22 Apr 2008 | News story

Thunnus obesus or Bigeye tuna.

Tune in to the tuna debate

A Sustainable Tuna Roundtable is being held today, hosted by IUCN and the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council.  It will bring together the tuna fishing industry and the retail industry in an attempt to get both industries to agree on a single set of standards to assess the sustainability of tuna catches. 

21 Apr 2008 | News story

Salum logo

People of Salum learn about marine conservation

The Salum area is part of the western Mediterranean coastal region of Egypt, extending 600 km between Alexandria in the east to the Libyan border in the west. This area, including the Gulf of Salum, has been identified by Egypt as the most appropriate site to establish a protected area in order to maximize conservation of a representative cross section of the region’s natural resources. …  

11 Apr 2008 | News story

Drama performance about sea turtle conservation by trainees

Sea Turtle Conservation: Building Awareness and Knowledge for Local Communities

A training workshop about implementing an extra-curricular lesson series, “Protecting Sea Turtles and their Habitat” was conducted in mid-March for more than 30 junior high school teachers in the two coastal communes of Hai An and Trieu Lang in Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province. …  

25 Mar 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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