Marine and Polar

Sea urchin in sea grass

Scientists start work under International Blue Carbon Working Group

Leading scientific experts in the field of coastal and marine biogeochemistry, carbon dynamics and ecology gathered in Paris (15-17 February 2011) to discuss the role of coastal and marine ecosystems in the global carbon cycle and for climate change mitigation. This 3-day workshop was organized by IUCN together with Conservation International and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, with additional financial support from NASA and UNEP. …  

24 Feb 2011 | News story

Western gray whale

Western gray whale makes unexpected journey

In October 2010, a team of scientists from Russia and the United States satellite tagged a western gray whale off Sakhalin Island, Russia. This is the first individual from the Critically Endangered western gray whale population to be tagged and tracked using telemetry. This whale, nicknamed Flex by researchers, has now been successfully tracked for over four months, revealing its long and unexpected migration route. …  

17 Feb 2011 | News story

GMSA Workshop participants in Koror, Palau.

GMSA Workshops on marine fishes held in Oceania

The Global Marine Species Assessment, a joint collaboration between IUCN’s Species Programme and Conservation International, is working to assess individual marine species for inclusion and publication on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. …  

09 Feb 2011 | News story

Logo Fundación Biodiversidad

El Proyecto Mediterrane-On culmina su primera fase con la identificación de indicadores de sostenibilidad para la acuicultura mediterránea

• La iniciativa, coordinada por la Fundación OESA, contempla las distintas especies criadas y los sistemas productivos empleados, así como el diferente grado de desarrollo de la acuicultura en cada país del Mediterráneo. • Han tomado parte en el proyecto la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN) y la Asociación Empresarial de Productores de Cultivos Marinos (APROMAR). En la segunda fase, que se inicia este año, se incorpora la Comisión General de Pesca del Mediterráneo (CGPM/FAO). …  

07 Feb 2011 | News story

Dr. Jan Steffen. IUCN Marine Programme Coordinator.

New Regional Marine Programme Coordinator – IUCN Oceania Regional Office

Dr. Jan Steffen is IUCN Oceania’s new Regional Marine Programme Coordinator, having joined the Office in January, 2011. Jan’s diverse experience is a testimony to his motivation and commitment to conservation of marine areas. …  

04 Feb 2011 | News story

Photo lancement "Mami wata"

Lancement du livre "Mami Wata, mère des eaux - Nature et Communautés du littoral ouest-africain" à Bissau.

Le 19 janvier 2011, profitant de la présence à Bissau de délégués venus des 7 pays du PRCM dans le cadre d'un atelier sur l'éducation environnementale ainsi que de nombreux invités, 3 partenaires de la Guinée-Bissau (L'Institut de la Biodiversité et des Aires Protégées - IBAP, l'ONG Tiniguena et l'UICN) ont organisé une cérémonie pour le lancement du livre "Mami Wata, mère des eaux - Nature et Communautés du littoral ouest-africain". …  

25 Jan 2011 | News story
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Inner Niger Delta, Mali

Photography highlights beauty of Niger Delta

In Mali, part of the landscape gleams like a giant emerald in the middle of the arid brown African Sahel. The glittering jewel is the Inland Niger Delta. …   | French

18 Jan 2011 | News story

Platform

New oil platform off Sakhalin – whale scientists will have a say

The oil and gas company Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (Sakhalin Energy) announced on December 4th its intention to begin planning for construction of a third offshore oil and gas platform in the Piltun-Astokh field along the coast of Sakhalin Island, eastern Russia. As this platform would be located near the primary feeding ground of the endangered western gray whale population, Sakhalin Energy requested the advice of an independent panel of scientists, convened by IUCN, to minimize risks to the whale population. …  

07 Jan 2011 | News story

Whitetip Reef Shark over Palau coral reef

UN green light for science-policy platform on biodiversity

IUCN welcomes the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly yesterday to establish a new international body designed to boost the global response to the loss of the world’s biodiversity and ecosystems. …  

22 Dec 2010 | News story

Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) on Ascension Island

Experts unveil new framework for improved conservation of marine turtles

Effective conservation often comes down to a matter of scale and strategy. For threatened species that range across the globe, often the biggest challenge to conservation is knowing how to prioritize limited resources to the areas that need them most. In an article published today in the journal Public Library of Science ONE, the world’s leading marine turtle experts have developed a new framework to address this challenge for highly migratory—and highly threatened—marine turtles. …  

20 Dec 2010 | News story


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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