Marine and Polar

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

Chalet de l'UICN à Montreux

IUCN highlights how biodiversity and development are intimately linked during summit of French-speaking countries.

IUCN made sure that biodiversity was high on the agenda when 70 heads of State and 3,000 delegates gathered for the 13th Francophonie Summit in Montreux, Switzerland earlier this year.   | French

10 Dec 2010 | News story

Western Gray Whale

International scientists track endangered whale to discover breeding grounds

A team of scientists from Russia and the United States has successfully tagged and is tracking by satellite an individual from one of the world’s most endangered whale populations – a western gray whale - off the coast of Russia’s Sakhalin Island. IUCN has been involved in the tagging and tracking process, providing scientific advice and logistical support. …  

02 Dec 2010 | News story

Doto Caballa - Estrecho de Gibraltar

Dos nuevas especies en el Estrecho de Gibraltar

“El Mediterráneo nunca deja de sorprendernos”- según palabras del Doctor Óscar Ocaña, biólogo marino de Oceánidas, miembro de UICN y Director del Museo del Mar de Ceuta. …  

30 Nov 2010 | News story

Whale photo

Saving western gray whales: Ask your questions before 6 December!

Business has joined forces with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to protect the critically endangered western gray whale population. You are invited to send us your questions on this unique collaboration to save the whales. …  

26 Nov 2010 | News story
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Fishermen trained for using Turtle Exclusion Device – a major step major towards Conservation of Marine Turtles in Pakistan

Karachi, November 25, 2010 IUCN Pakistan under its Balochistan Partnerships for Sustainable Development Programme organized a one-day training for fishermen for using Turtle Exclusion Device (TED). The training was conducted by Dr. Nicloas Pilcher at Marine Fisheries Department, Government of Pakistan where around 40 fishermen including representatives of the other organizations participated in the training. …  

25 Nov 2010 | News story

Argyropelecus acuelatus - Hatchetfish

Uncovering the ocean’s secrets

Almost one year after a team of the world’s leading marine experts returned from an expedition investigating the life in and around seamounts in the Indian Ocean, the painstaking task of identifying and cataloguing the species they found begins. The nearly 7,000 samples they gathered are almost certainly going to contain previously-undiscovered species and new data on where known species congregate, what they eat and how they behave. …  

12 Nov 2010 | News story

Coral bleaching in 2010 around Mayotte in the Indian Ocean

Fading fast: 2010 expedition examines the worrying state of Indian Ocean coral reefs

IUCN scientists were part of a recent expedition, Tara Oceans, to investigate coral bleaching on the reefs of Mayotte, an island that lies to the north west of Madagascar. The team found that bleaching here, which was first reported in March this year, is the worst seen in the Indian Ocean. …   | French

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Diked managed marsh, Sonoma County

Managing Wetlands for Climate Change Mitigation: Towards a greenhouse gas offset protocol for tidal wetlands

Coastal and marine ecosystems constitute an important, but often overlooked ally in the battle against climate change. Tidal salt marshes for instance make up 1-2% of the overall carbon sink in the USA, but coastal wetlands have often been drained, filled and converted to other uses, such as agriculture. …  

12 Oct 2010 | News story

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


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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