Marine and Polar

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IUCN President Valli Moosa to launch 10 principles to save the high seas

IUCN’s President, Valli Moosa, will this Tuesday launch 10 Principles for modern high seas governance and challenge international experts to find new ways to implement them. The 10 Principles reflect fundamental principles that nations have agreed to in various treaties and declarations but have largely failed to implement on the nearly 50% of the planet that lies beyond individual nation’s jurisdiction. …  

05 Oct 2008 | News story

IUCN Marine Journey at IUCN Congress 2008

Join the Marine Journey at Congress

The Marine Journey features over 60 events including workshops, films, book launches, technological demonstrations, expedition launches, receptions and debates. These are captured in the navigational chart that the Global Marine Programme has put together to guide participants through the marine journey. …  

05 Oct 2008 | News story

Marovo Lagoon Solomon Islands

Islands Journey at WCC

Islands Journey - In the mood for an Island Getaway? …  

03 Oct 2008 | News story

Tall Ship at the Harbour Village

Sailing to Barcelona - Book your event onboard!

From 4 to 9 October, Sailing to Barcelona boats will be moored at the Port Vell, Barcelona’s main harbour next to the city centre. Come and visit us at Port Vell every day after Congress from 19:30 onwards, and discover what participating boats are doing for coastal and marine conservation! …  

25 Sep 2008 | News story

Local volunteers ensure a beached sea turtle is released to the ocean

IUCN’s Marine Turtle Program Supports Management on Many Levels

Government officials, school administrators and community members involved in an IUCN VN initiative to implement the National Marine Turtle Conservation Action Plan to 2010 (MTCAP) said the activities helped provide the management support needed to reach the plan’s goals. …  

23 Sep 2008 | News story

Open seas near the Seychelles

“10 Principles” for improving governance of the high seas – have your say!

The Forum of the World Conservation Congress will host what promises to be an exciting and challenging debate on how to overcome barriers to effective governance of half the surface of our planet: the high seas. …  

15 Sep 2008 | News story

Distribution of Mediterranean MPAs.

The new database of Mediterranean MPAs is NOW online!

The inventory of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of the Mediterranean Sea has been recently updated and improved and the online database is freely searchable at www.medpan.org 

12 Sep 2008 | News story

Ship groundings are a major hazard for coral reef ecosystems

IUCN and PERSGA build capacity to deal with Middle East ship groundings

IUCN and the Regional Organization for Conservation of Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA) recently joined forces to deliver a training course on the Economic Valuation of Damage by Ship Grounding on Coral Reefs.
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29 Aug 2008 | News story

Mangrove, Rhizophora mucronata, planted a year previously in Jaring Halus, North Sumatra

Sea-level rise may be the greatest threat to mangroves

Mangrove ecosystems are under threat from climate change. Initial research led by IUCN and three leading universities shows that most mangrove sediment surface levels are not keeping pace with sea-level rise.  The greatest impact will be on those mangroves where there is limited area for landward migration. 

29 Aug 2008 | News story

WCC Marine Guide

Looking forward to the 2008 IUCN Congress: Marine Guide

The IUCN Congress in Barcelona this October will feature over 100 marine-related events. The IUCN Global Marine Programme has issued a flier to highlight these and display a first timetable of the main marine workshops. …  

28 Aug 2008 | 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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