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Deep-sea squid (Teuthowenia pellucida)

The Deep - Leading the way with new IUCN job role

The Deep, one of the largest public aquariums in the UK, is recruiting for a Marine Officer in a new collaborative project with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Marine Biodiversity Unit to help achieve the goal of assessing 20,000 marine species by 2020 for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. …  

20 Jan 2016 | News story

Fish silhouettes

A new marine reserve in the Atlantic waters around Ascension Island

This year begins on a very positive note from the British government who have announced the future establishment of a marine reserve almost as big as the UK in the Atlantic waters of Ascension Island. Home to large colonies of tropical seabirds, green turtles and some of the largest marlin in the world, it is the latest remote island marine reserve to be declared after the creation of the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve in March 2015.   …  

12 Jan 2016 | Article

Park rangers

Nominate your Heritage Hero!

Do you know someone who is doing outstanding conservation work for a natural World Heritage site? Would you like to see this person recognised for their exemplary contribution? If so, get in touch! Update: nominations are now closed. …   | French | Spanish

11 Jan 2016 | Article

Turtle in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Watching over the universal worth of Tubbataha Reefs’ paradise of blue

What does marine paradise look like? Imagine pristine coral reef, turquoise blue lagoons, whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds. Such a paradise exists on Earth, in Tubbataha Reefs National Park in the Philippines. …  

08 Jan 2016 | Article

Participants of the workshop.

Developing of Base Maps of Tropical Aquatic Resources in the Pacific

 A workshop was organized by the University of Fiji (UniFiji) on USAIDs Pacific-American Climate Fund (PACAM) Project titled “Developing of Base Maps of Tropical Aquatic Resources in the Pacific” at the Lautoka Waterfront Hotel on 2nd December 2015. The objectives of the workshop were: 1. To provide information on the USAIDs funded climate change adaptation project; “Developing of Base Maps of Tropical Aquatic Resources in the Pacific”.
2. To present and discuss the Monitoring and Evaluation plan for the shallow water aquatic resource mapping project. …  

18 Dec 2015 | News story

Participants of the three days Strengthening cooperation between Large Marine Protected Areas in the Pacific meeting.

Strengthening cooperation between large marine protected areas

The Pacific Islands region has responsibility for 10% of the global ocean surface and hosting the world's largest tuna stocks. Currently, marine protected areas cover just over 2% of the world’s oceans, and only about 1% is strongly protected in no-take marine reserves. In this context, small Pacific Island states with massive ocean territory are taking a global leadership position by establishing and effectively managing large scale marine protected areas and others are making similar pledges. …  

17 Dec 2015 | News story

13A-068-027, Education Sensitization Meeting Chepu Sherbro Island,  Augustine Sesay, SOS Save Our Species, RAP SL, Sea Turtle conservation

Persistence pays with sea turtle education and sensitisation in Sierra Leone

“Community education and sensitisation meetings are considered integral for conservation projects such as ours," explains Edward Aruna (Eddie), project leader with RAP-SL, an SOS Grantee working to save Sierra Leone's sea turtles from over-harvesting, human disturbance and climate change. …  

14 Dec 2015 | News story

Earth inside water droplet

Paris climate deal increases hopes for a sustainable future

Paris, France, 12 December 2015 (IUCN) – IUCN welcomes the new climate agreement adopted today by the world’s governments at the UN climate summit in Paris (COP 21), and its recognition of nature’s critical role in tackling climate change.
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12 Dec 2015 | International news release

Lagoon in Moorea, French Polynesia

The islands at Paris COP21: at the frontline of climate change but the forefront of solutions

“Sentinels of climate change and large oceanic entities” are what islands represent at the frontline of climate change. A reality echoed by representatives from islands at COP21. Also emphasised was how addressing climate change impacts was a matter of national security, as people’s health, food and water supplies are at risk, as well as infrastructures and the islands’ physical and cultural integrity. …  

10 Dec 2015 | Article

Submerged Mangrove

Building the next level for coastal blue carbon action

Today, Australian Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt announced the establishment of an International Partnership for Blue Carbon. The partnership creates a collaborative network of governments, non-profit organisations, intergovernmental agencies, and scientists to scale up and amplify understanding of blue carbon and to accelerate action on the important role coastal blue carbon ecosystems play in climate change actions. …  

06 Dec 2015 | News story