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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

Partners in the BEST III project meeting at the launch event in the European Commission

BEST III Preparatory Action project for Europe overseas launched

On Friday 31st January, the contract to implement the third year of the European BEST Preparatory Action was launched at the European Commission. This crucial phase of the initiative focuses on developing measures for sustaining the European BEST Initiative for conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services in EU outermost regions and overseas countries and territories.  

04 Feb 2014 | News story

Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns will be launched today at the landmark Water Lives symposium, bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists. Freshwaters are incredibly diverse habitats; they cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface yet are home to 35% of all vertebrate species. Sadly, freshwater life is declining at an alarming rate, faster than any other component of global biodiversity. …  

29 Jan 2014 | News story

Participants at the workshop

Workshop puts focus on MPAs in Caribbean EU Overseas territories

MPA managers from across EU Overseas entities and other countries in the Caribbean region have attended a workshop held in St. Martin on the topic of building marine ecosystem resilience through the use of MPA networks. The event has been hailed a great success with stakeholders using the platform to share best practices and where they also discussed a regional approach to support actions on the ground.  

05 Dec 2013 | Article
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La Palme IFRECOR award

French Champions of coral reef protection awarded

For the third year running IFRECOR – the French Coral Reef Initiative – has announced the winners of the Palme IFRECOR awards for actions and policies at the local level that aim to protect, better manage and restore coral reefs and associated ecosystems such as seagrasses and mangroves. …  

22 Nov 2013 | Article
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Women fishing in Mayotte

Nature-based solutions at European Development Days

IUCN will host the event Nature-based solution to development needs during this years' edition of the European Development Days, the annual high-level event on development aid organised by the European Commission.  …  

15 Nov 2013 | News story
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MPAs

New report on European overseas MPAs coming soon

A new study by IUCN that aims to assess the current status of marine conservation in European Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) - with a specific focus on marine protected areas - will published soon by IUCN. …  

30 Oct 2013 | Article
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Bright spot workshop at IMPAC3 in Marseille

European overseas ‘bright spots’ highlighted in Marseille

IUCN, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and RARE facilitated a 'bright spot' exchange that showcased successful island conservation and sustainable livelihoods initiatives from across the globe and in European Overseas entities during the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress in Marseille. …  

29 Oct 2013 | Article
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Triggerfish

Pitcairn Islands – the ocean’s best kept secret

Four and a half thousand kilometres north-east of New Zealand lies the world’s most remote group of islands – the Pitcairn Islands. The islands, which are a British Overseas Territory, are home to 50 people. They are surrounded by an exclusive economic zone of over 836,000 square kilometres, which hosts one of the best-preserved marine ecosystems on the planet. …  

25 Oct 2013 | News story

Marine Protected Areas cover almost 3% of the ocean

World nearing 3% of ocean protection

Marseille, France, 24 October 2013 – Marine protected areas now cover 2.8% of the global ocean – an area larger than Europe – according to the official map released today based on data provided by the World Database on Protected Areas, run by IUCN and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). …   | Spanish

24 Oct 2013 | International news release