Marine and Polar
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Number of natural World Heritage sites affected by climate change nearly doubles in three years – IUCN
Bonn, Germany, 13 November, 2017 (IUCN) – The number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has grown from 35 to 62 in just...
The IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2 – an update of the 2014 IUCN World Heritage Outlook report – assesses, for the first time, changes in the conservation prospects of all 241 natural World Heritage...
Mangroves against the storm
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By digging their roots in tropical shores, mangroves not only defend against rising tides and extreme weather, but they have the potential to change...
Communities for Whale Shark Conservation - A success story from Gujarat, India
CEESP NEWS - By Indu Kumari & Sajan John, Wildlife Trust of India The internationally acclaimed Whale Shark Conservation Project, the most...
The Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus; A. Smith, 1829) is the largest fish on earth. It can grow to a length of approximately 18 m and weigh as much as 21 metric tons. Although distributed widely...
Partnerships for integrated monitoring of coastal ecosystems in the Caribbean
CEESP News - by Maria Pena, Patrick McConney, Sherry Constantine and Lucie Labbouz Integration of socio-economic data into monitoring of coastal...
Coral reef scientists (socio-economic and ecological) and coastal managers from territories within and outside the Wider Caribbean link arms to demonstrate the integration of coral reef monitoring....
From Locally Managed Marine Areas to Indigenous and Community Conserved Oceans
CEESP News - by Hugh Govan, Adviser, LMMA Network and Adjunct Senior Fellow, University of the South Pacific (USP), School of Government, Development...
Speech at UN Ocean Conference 2017 - “Our Common Ocean: Resources, Rights, and Responsibilities Progressive Policy Alternatives and Community Led Programmes” June 6, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM, Conference...
EU Overseas - champions in marine and coastal protection
With 33% of national waters protected the EU Overseas spearhead efforts in global marine conservation
The 25 European Union (EU) Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and 9 Outermost Regions (ORs) are among the most precious assets to their six Member States and the EU: Strategically located in...
IMPAC4: bringing people and the ocean together
The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in Chile brought together more than 1,000 participants from 80 countries around the...
After an intense week of events, presentation, discussions and exchanges, a ‘high-level meeting’ in Viña del Mar concluded with a call for action. United by the conviction that MPAs are effective...
IUCN HEADQUARTERS - GLAND, SWITZERLAND IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme Rue Mauverney 28, CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland Fil. Lic. Carl Gustaf Lundin Director, Global Marine...
Paris Agreement only chance for coral reef survival – IUCN
Limiting global warming to below 2°C in line with the Paris Agreement provides the only chance for the survival of coral reefs, warns David Obura,...
Latest data show that globally reefs have a chance of long-term survival if warming is limited to under 2oC, though even this may be too little too late for many reef systems. “We are on the...
From Science to Solutions: Aquatic Conservation Special Issue looks at Hawaii MPA legacy
The 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress, currently being held in La Serena, Chile, today saw the release of the third in a series of...
This edition reports from the IUCN Congress held in Hawai’i in 2016 and contains 12 papers covering a range of topics from the development of a network of MPAs in the Russian Arctic and the...
Exploring ‘Other Effective’ Forms of Coastal and Marine Conservation
By Harry Jonas and Dan Laffoley
Najib Ramsah and his friend Neville Yapp are up early. They untie the mooring ropes of a wooden boat, fire up the outboard engine and begin to motor down the Tabin river. On their left rises a giant...
Blue carbon climate mitigation potential still largely ignored
The climate mitigation potential of coastal carbon-rich ecosystems such as mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrasses – often referred to as coastal ‘blue...
Blue carbon ecosystems are unique in that they sequester and store carbon dioxide (CO2) at much higher rates per unit area than terrestrial forests – up to six times more than undisturbed tropical...
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