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Claude Ganty, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme

Managing the impacts of offshore energy generation in Europe

Claude Ganty of IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme outlines the environmental implications of the drive to generate renewable energy from the sea and IUCN’s work to address them. …  

02 May 2011 | News story

Whale photograph

Following Flex - the western gray whale

Meet Flex. Flex belongs to the highly threatened population of western gray whales. He has been tagged by satellite and tracked by scientists in the hope to discover the migration routes of the species and ways to better protect it from threats such as accidental entanglement in fishing gear, underwater noise and exposure to spilled oil. …  

02 May 2011 | News story

Ameer Abdulla with a Hawksbill Turtle working on a marine survey examining the damage caused by tsunami in the Indian Ocean

Forgotten seascapes and marine tragedies

Dr Ameer Abdulla’s passion for the sea knows no limits. He works in the most isolated places where political instability and lack of security contrast with the thriving diversity and uniqueness of marine life. Working to preserve this incredible beauty and engage local communities in conservation, he continues his fight to make this world ‘a better place’. …  

01 May 2011 | News story

Arctic

On thin ice: Vulnerable Arctic treasures identified

A report released today identifies 13 of the richest and most vulnerable places in the Arctic Ocean that should be considered for protection as summer sea ice melts and industrial activity expands into newly accessible areas. …  

27 Apr 2011 | News story

Bonaire National Marine Park manager Ramon de Leon surveying coral reefs

Improving MPA management in Bonaire

IUCN has published a study on the various resilience characteristics of the coral reefs in the Bonaire National Marine Park. It includes results on resilience indicators, benthic cover, coral population structure, algae populations and fish community structure which can determine how the coral reefs respond to climate change threats. The aim of the study is to provide information on how to incorporate resilience information and climate change responses into the Marine Protected Area (MPA) design and management, especially given the recent bleaching event that occurred in 2010-2011.
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26 Apr 2011 | News story

Oil and gas platform, Gulf of Mexico

Drilling for opportunities without hurting the planet

Industries searching for offshore oil should not drill in sensitive waters before fully ensuring all safety measures are in place, says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …  

20 Apr 2011 | News story

Blue carbon

Degraded coastal wetlands contribute to climate change

Drainage and degradation of coastal wetlands emit significant amounts of carbon dioxide directly to the atmosphere and lead to decreased carbon sequestration, a new report has found. …  

11 Apr 2011 | News story

Better than working in an office!

Winning hearts and minds

Lalao Aigrette - Madagascar

For decades, biologists have campaigned for marine reserves, struggling with the mistrust or disapproval of fishermen. Lalao Aigrette, a dedicated Malagasy conservationist, is taking on this challenge amongst remote fishing communities in some of the most biodiverse regions of Madagascar. And she’s seeing some impressive results. …  

11 Apr 2011 | News story

Seagrass, Madagascar

Urgent action needed to protect Earth’s blue carbon

The destruction of coastal carbon ecosystems, such as mangroves, seagrasses and tidal marshes, is leading to rapid and long-lasting emissions of CO2 into the ocean and atmosphere, according to 32 of the world’s leading marine scientists. …  

25 Mar 2011 | News story

Serranus scriba and Posidonia oceanica

Las praderas marinas en el punto de mira

El pasado 16 de febrero el Centro de Cooperación del Mediterráneo de UICN se reunió en Málaga por primera con el Comité Técnico de Gestión del proyecto europeo Life+ para la conservación de las praderas de Posidonia oceanica en el litoral andaluz. Investigar y dar a conocer el papel crucial que desempeñan las praderas marinas como hábitat y criadero de numerosas especies comerciales, para purificar el agua, o como sumidero de carbono es el objetivo principal de esta iniciativa que acaba de comenzar. …  

23 Mar 2011 | News story