Marine and Polar

Soft corals in the Beqa Lagoon, Vitu Levu, Fiji
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...
Aquatic Conservation Special Issue 2017
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...
Borneo pygmy elephant on the banks of the Kinabatangan River, Sabah (Malaysia).
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...
Mangroves in Térraba Sierpe, Costa Rica
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...
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...
The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and IUCN have launched the Marine Protected Planet Interactive - the world’s most...
Several large-scale Marine Protected Areas have been announced in recent months. Marine Protected Planet Interactive for the first time tells the story behind the headlines and will help to...
Fishermen in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Protecting the ocean from growing threats so that it can continue to feed communities around the world is the focus of the Fourth International...
The Congress aims to improve the way we protect and manage the most diverse and productive areas of the ocean, as an imperative for marine life and for future generations. It will focus on the...
As part of the pilot project "Inventories of species and habitats of the French Outermost Regions" a call for proposals will be launched soon.
This project was initiated by Younous Omarjee (Member of the European Parliament), is managed by the European Commission (DG ENV) and implemented by IUCN and project partners. The project BEST RUP (...
Since the late 1960s, the Inuit living in the Baffin region of the Canadian Arctic have sought protection for their traditional territory – an area...
The milestone Agreement is noteworthy because it puts an end to oil and gas development, mining and waste disposal in the ocean, while allowing the continuation of subsistence hunting, fishing and...
Marine News Issue 14 14th edition of the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme newsletter - September 2017 Click image to download          ...
14th edition of the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme newsletter - September 2017
Marine News is the annual newsletter of IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme but includes news on marine and polar issues from across the Union
Mangroves and the SDGs
The answer is yes. Restoring and protecting mangroves helps fulfil multiple Global Goals, from improving life below water, to reducing poverty and...
In September 2015, 193 countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a roadmap to alleviate global poverty, advance social and economic development and importantly, further the...

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