Marine and Polar

SOS Save Our Species, West African Manatee, Lucy Diagne

Manatee hunters turned fish-keepers

The West African Manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) is the least studied mammal in Africa despite having a range larger than the United States: encompassing 21 African countries. At the same time, it faces serious threats from hunting and accidental capture in fishing nets. …  

07 Apr 2014 | News story

Inaugural session of the regional workshop to identify EBSAs in the Mediterranean.

How to protect Mediterranean marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction

The need to increase protection for oceans is urgent, not only to fulfill international commitments, but to alleviate the increasing degradation of marine ecosystems. To this end, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Mediterranean Action Plan – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-MAP) have organised, from 7-11 April in Malaga (Spain), a Mediterranean regional workshop to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). …   | French | Spanish

07 Apr 2014 | News story

Some MACBIO workshop participants

Placing a value on the marine environment: Opportunity and challenges

Quantifying the value of marine and coastal ecosystems in the Pacific Islands region provides an opportunity to improve the management of these ecosystems, but environmental valuation faces some unique regional challenges in the Pacific.  …  

04 Apr 2014 | News story

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New IUCN App for marine invasive species in Mediterranean marine protected areas

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation has released today a new app for smart phones, and an online tool to help managers of marine protected areas (MPAs) control the spread of invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea. The presentation took place during the workshop on Climate Change and Marine Protected Areas held in Cadaqués (Spain), organised by the Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN) and the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas of the Barcelona Convention (UNEP/MAP RAC/SPA) in collaboration with the Generalitat of Catalunya, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, and with the support of the Rhone-Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency and the MAVA Foundation. …   | French | Spanish

03 Apr 2014 | News story

Marine trash and plastic debris, Midway Atoll

IUCN explores marine debris and its effect on migratory species

IUCN has partnered up with Eunomia and the Marine Conservation Society for a study that will explore the relationship between marine debris and migratory species. It is hoped the investigation will shed some further light on the marine waste problem and the solutions that are needed to tackle this menace to the marine environment. 

28 Feb 2014 | News story

Example of a meeting with a participatory approach.

Stakeholder Participation Toolkit for Identification, Designation and Management of Marine Protected Areas

The Regional Activity Center for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) signed in 2012 a Memorandum of Understanding with the Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN-Med) for the “Assessment and support to Adriatic countries’ priority needs for legal, policy and institutional reforms to strengthen the creation processes and the management of marine protected areas (MPA)”. One of the first outcomes of this collaboration has been the “Stakeholder Participation Toolkit for Identification, Designation and Management of Marine Protected Areas”. …  

25 Feb 2014 | News story

marine, young managers, Belize

Young Marine Protected Managers get together to learn and connect

From February 4th to 9th 2014, a learning exchange for junior marine protected area managers from different Caribbean islands took place in Belize, to promote learning and information-sharing among young marine protected area managers who will implement the skills and knowledge acquired here to strengthen the protection of natural resources in the region.   …  

14 Feb 2014 | News story
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Bruguiera swamp at Nasoata Island.

Nasoata for international wetlands list

Nasoata Island, in the Province of Rewa in Fiji, is a proposed Wetland of International Importance. Discussions are currently underway between the Fiji Government, SPREP, USP, IUCN and other partners about applying for its listing on the Ramsar Convention.   …  

13 Feb 2014 | News story

Kaçkar Mountains Artvin Yusufeli Beekeeping Activities

Terms of Reference for IPBES expert selection

The IPBES Secretariat has provided additional information to guide the ongoing nomination of experts for the IPBES work programme. Please consult these Terms of Reference (ToRs) in relation to the work expected from experts, and the selection, responsibilities, time commitment, duration of appointment and availability of support. The nominations are due 28 February 2014. …  

12 Feb 2014 | News story

Natural Park Cabo de Gata - Níjar (Almería)

How to increase the protection in Mediterranean waters

Montenegro has recently hosted the General Fishery Commission for the Mediterranean and Black Seas (GFCM) meeting and its Scientific Advisory Committee celebrated on 3-5 February 2014 in the Adriatic city of Bar. This kind of meeting was divided in sub-committees devoted to several thematic issues such as marine protected areas (MPA), environment and ecosystems, stock assessment and economic and social sciences.  …  

06 Feb 2014 | 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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