Ocean Governance

Sargassum habitat

The Convention on Biological Diversity brings focus to the remote ocean

Last week the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India (8-19 October) took an important step for the global ocean commons, the largest habitat for life on Earth. The 193 Parties to the Convention agreed to send key scientific information to the United Nations describing specific places of “ecological or biological significance” in the open ocean and deep sea, including the high seas and seabed Area beyond national jurisdiction. …  

19 Oct 2012 | Article

ABS in relation to Marine Genetic Resources in ABNJs

IUCN-BfN International Seminar on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction

The draft recommendations from the 4th meeting of the UN Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) have indicated the need to explore the existing gaps in the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, as well as possible ways forward. …  

06 Dec 2011 | News story

A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

Multiple ocean stresses threaten “globally significant” marine extinction

An international panel of experts warns in a report released today that marine species are at risk of entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history. …  

20 Jun 2011 | News story

Albatross in the Pacific Ocean

Breakthrough at the United Nations: hopes grow for the high seas

Today, World Oceans Day, IUCN is celebrating a major breakthrough in global efforts to conserve the high seas. …  

08 Jun 2011 | News story

Katarina Gjerde

Reversing the fate of the oceans

IUCN's High Seas Policy Advisor, Kristina Gjerde, studies the law of the high seas - the 64% of our ocean that lies beyond national legislation. She recently gave a TED Talk presentation outlining some of the problems facing the open oceans and what can be done about them. Stunning photos show the hidden worlds that Gjerde and other lawyers are working to protect from trawling and trash-dumping, through smart policy making and a healthy dose of PR. …  

30 Nov 2010 | Video

Survey of coral  growth in Weh Island,Indonesia

IUCN joins "I am the ocean" campaign

IUCN is part of the Mission Blue “I am the Ocean” global campaign calling for action to protect the oceans and restore the health and productivity of this vital natural resource. …  

28 Sep 2010 | News story

Antarctic Temp Trend 1982-2004

IUCN unites its polar and marine work under one Programme

IUCN is proud to announce the extension of its Global Marine Program into the Global Marine and Polar Program.  

10 Sep 2010 | News story

Albatross in the Pacific Ocean

United Nations addresses capacity-building in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including marine science

Capacity building in ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including marine science, was the key topic at UNICPOLOS 11, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 21 – 25 June 2010.  …  

01 Jul 2010 | News story

Yellow-nose Albatross Thalassarche carteri

A fresh look at improving ocean governance - new study

A new study discussing governance options to improve the conservation and management of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction was developed by four students in a partnership between the John Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). …  

10 Jun 2010 | News story

Adélie Penguin

Antarctica and climate change

Previous to the Antarctic Treaty Meeting of Experts scheduled for the 6–9th of April 2010 in Svolvær, Norway (link), the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) released the results of two studies on the impact of climate change on species. …  

13 Apr 2010 | News story