Marine and Polar

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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  • Arquipélago de São Pedro e São Paulo  Photo: Canindé Soares

    Brazil on the verge of changing marine conservation history in the South Atlantic


    Brazil is on the verge of changing marine conservation history in the South Atlantic. After lagging behind other developing countries in Marine Protected Area coverage, with only 1.5% of its jurisdictional waters under some sort of protection, the Brazilian...

  • Plastics on the shore of Naxos, Greece Photo: IUCN\Lea Dubois

    New tool to help companies fight plastic pollution


    An online tool which helps companies measure their plastic footprint, developed by the social enterprise Searious Business and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, was launched today at the Ocean Plastics Crisis Summit in London, UK.

  • Photo: Pablo Arturo Lopez Guijosa

    Marine Protected Areas: global standards for success


    IUCN recently compiled these standards for success for MPAs and has consulted on the content. The closing date for that was the 4 March 2018. We will shortly update the draft versions on this page with the final text.When this happens we will let everyone...

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