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The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and support an extraordinarily diverse world. Only a fraction of it has been discovered so far and much of ocean life remains a mystery which IUCN experts are striving to unveil.
 

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    L’expédition Walters Shoal est de retour!

    L’expédition Walters Shoal est de retour (23 avril-18 mai 2017) ! Un fantastique partage des compétences dans un effort commun pour la gestion et la conservation des ressources biologiques de haute mer : les premières observations font du banc Walters un mont sous-marin au faciès écologique remarquable avec une zone sommitale recouverte d’algues coralligènes. L’analyse des échantillons nous apportera des précisions quant à la composition faunistique et floristique dans les mois à venir ! Retournez sur le blog

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    The Walters Shoal Expedition is back!

    The Walters Shoal Expedition (April 23-May 18, 2017) is back! A fantastic sharing of skills as part of a common effort for the management and conservation of the living resources of the high seas: the first observations uncover Walters Bank as a remarkable ecosystem with a summit zone covered with coralligenous algae. The analysis of the samples will give us details about the fauna and flora composition in the months to come! Back to the blog.

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    Ocean Warming Report

    Explaining Ocean Warming: Causes, scale, effects and consequences was released to the world’s media in September 2016 at the IUCN Congress in Hawaii.  This 460-page publication offers a comprehensive and up-to-date look at the effects of ocean warming from the perspective of major ecosystems and species groups.  Drawing on the work of over 80 scientists from 12 countries, it sets out the likely nature and scale of changes to come and also looks at the probable economic consequences ocean warming poses as well as associated risks to human health and well-being.

Latest news

  • The Beluga sturgeon and the Caspian salmon are on the brink of extinction, and will be protected by the creation of the new Marine Protected Area in Azerbaijan Photo: Rory Moore

    Azerbaijan to create the first Marine Protected Area in the Caspian Sea

    14.02.2018

    Azerbaijan is upgrading and expanding the Gizilaghaj State Reserve to become a National Park and include the first Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Caspian Sea, the largest inland body of water on the planet. The new MPA will seek to protect...

  • Plastic bucket on beach Photo: Brian Merrill

    EU Plastics Strategy positive but requires implementation

    16.01.2018

    IUCN welcomes the EU Plastics Strategy launched today, encourages all public and private actors to ensure its swift and adequate implementation, and looks forward to the European Union continuing to lead global action to tackle the marine plastic litter...

  • The BEST Future Photo: IUCN

    Taking BEST into the Future

    18.12.2017

    Are you aware of these amazing facts? The EU’s Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) include 34 political entities which: (1) cover a total land area equivalent to the EU (2) cover the largest marine territory in the world (...

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