Marine and Polar

Ilulissat Icefjord, Denmark

New report confirms IUCN assessment of climate change as biggest threat to World Heritage

Climate change is now the most significant risk for World Heritage sites and for the benefits they provide, including economic well-being through sustainable tourism, confirms a new report by UNESCO, UNEP and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in collaboration with IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. …  

26 May 2016 | News story

Cover 'Transboundary River Basins: Status and Trends'

Key hotspots of species loss and water risks identified in new transboundary river basins report

On 22 May the global community marked ‘International Biodiversity Day’, celebrating the variety of life on earth. Yet, extinction risks range from moderate to very high in 70% of transboundary river basins, according to a new study: Transboundary River Basins: Status and Trends. Climate change, population growth and geopolitical tensions between states sharing waterways are identified as key causes driving the increased risk of species extinction. …  

18 May 2016 | News story

Shark

IUCN and National Geographic Society Join Forces for IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

Partnership will highlight pressing conservation issues and ways to solve them. …   | French | Spanish

03 May 2016 | News story

12A-048-006, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast by Rubaiyat MansurWCS, SOS Save Our Species,

Meet the fishers helping save threatened dolphins

Preventing bycatch of threatened marine megafauna is a challenging task, writes Brian D. Smith from the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. Fishers are often unable to detect Irrawaddy dolphins entangled in their nets. But according to Brian there are solutions.   …  

25 Apr 2016 | News story

Special Report on the Ocean to be produced by the Intergovernmental Group on Climate Change (IPCC) with support of the Prince Albert II Foundation

IUCN is pleased to announce that its Patron for Nature HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, through his Foundation, has approached the IPCC (Intergovernmental Group on Climate Change) during its 41st session in February 2015, asking it to produce a Special Report on the Ocean, which marks a major milestone for Planet Ocean. …  

20 Apr 2016 | News story

UN takes significant step towards a new treaty to conserve marine life beyond boundaries

New York, April 8, 2016.

In response to mounting concerns about declines in ocean health, States at the United Nations (UN) delivered some good news last week.  The first of four two-week UN Preparatory Committee sessions concluded on a positive note on Friday April 8, 2016  by identifying key elements for a new treaty to better protect and sustain the marine environment and marine life in the two thirds of the ocean beyond national boundaries and adopted a roadmap for the path ahead.  The next session will be convened from 26 August to 9 September 2016. …  

13 Apr 2016 | News story

13A-061-011, Miriam, Pretoma, Costa Rica, SOS Save Our SPecies, Hammerhead Sharks, Miriam Vargas

Hammerhead shark conservation in Costa Rican fishing communities

A day in the life of community leader Doña Miriam Vargas highlights her fishery’s work to protect Costa Rica’s hammerhead sharks – as described by Andy Bystrom, project coordinator with SOS Grantee PRETOMA.   …  

13 Apr 2016 | News story

Arctic WH Sites Meeting

Distinctive dozen: Scientists identify unique Arctic features for possible future World Heritage status

IUCN brought scientific experts from around the world to Paris in February to explore possible new marine World Heritage sites in the Arctic. They reviewed the most unique and exceptional of Arctic features that could potentially merit inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list. …  

04 Apr 2016 | News story

PRETOMA, SOS Save Our Species, Yo No Como Tiburon, IUCN, Dogandul, Hammerhead Sharks

A catchy song to help save sharks from costa rican menus

Almost everyone loves a catchy song. Especially Costa Ricans. That's good news for Hammerhead sharks. 
 

01 Apr 2016 | News story

Women harvesting rice, Vietnam

World Water Day - Blog: 'Why investing in natural water infrastructure will pay off'

By Renat Heuberger, CEO of the South Pole Group, and Mark Smith, Director of the IUCN Global Water Programme. Why did a group of bankers and fund managers spend an afternoon in a Zurich café talking about nature? For opportunity and innovation.   …   | French | Spanish

22 Mar 2016 | News story
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This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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