Marine and Polar

Marine Series No. 4: Elements of a Possible Implementation Agreement to UNCLOS for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction

IUCN launches four online papers to inform international discussions on marine biodiversity in ABNJ

After launching the new IUCN series of Environmental Policy and Law Papers online last Friday, IUCN’s Environmental Law Centre in Bonn has just published Paper No. 4 of the series – “Elements of a Possible Implementation Agreement to UNCLOS for the conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction”. …  

30 Apr 2008 | News story

Arlene Amponin presents lessons learned from the Philippines PES case study

IUCN-GEF IW-Learn workshop examines the mechanics of Payments for Ecosystem Services

Are Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) a viable way of financing management of river basins and coastal environments? What steps are needed to develop PES schemes? What experiences and lessons learned have been generated from attempts to develop PES in the real world? These are some of the questions examined at the IUCN-GEF IW-Learn workshop on Designing Payment Schemes for Ecosystem Services held from April 3-5, 2008 in Hanoi, Vietnam. …  

22 Apr 2008 | News story

Thunnus obesus or Bigeye tuna.

Tune in to the tuna debate

A Sustainable Tuna Roundtable is being held today, hosted by IUCN and the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council.  It will bring together the tuna fishing industry and the retail industry in an attempt to get both industries to agree on a single set of standards to assess the sustainability of tuna catches. 

21 Apr 2008 | News story

Salum logo

People of Salum learn about marine conservation

The Salum area is part of the western Mediterranean coastal region of Egypt, extending 600 km between Alexandria in the east to the Libyan border in the west. This area, including the Gulf of Salum, has been identified by Egypt as the most appropriate site to establish a protected area in order to maximize conservation of a representative cross section of the region’s natural resources. …  

11 Apr 2008 | News story

Drama performance about sea turtle conservation by trainees

Sea Turtle Conservation: Building Awareness and Knowledge for Local Communities

A training workshop about implementing an extra-curricular lesson series, “Protecting Sea Turtles and their Habitat” was conducted in mid-March for more than 30 junior high school teachers in the two coastal communes of Hai An and Trieu Lang in Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province. …  

25 Mar 2008 | News story

4th meeting of WGWAP to be held in Switzerland, 22-25 April 2008

The fourth meeting of the western gray whale advisory panel will be held at the Hotel Alpha-Palmiers in Lausanne, Switzerland between 22-25 April 2008. For further information on the meeting contact sarah.gotheil@iucn.org 

22 Feb 2008 | News story

IUCN appoints new panel member

Following a request by IUCN for nominations, Dr David Weller has been appointed to the WGWAP after the resignation of Dr Tim Ragen. Dr Weller has a long association with the Panel and its predecessors and has a long history of working with western gray whales. We are delighted to welcome Dr Weller on board and look forward to his continued involvement. …  

22 Feb 2008 | News story

Deepwater coral accidentally caught during a bottom trawl. December 2007.

Deep Discussions end in darkness in Rome

Discussions in Rome failed to agree on new guidance for deep-sea fisheries in the high seas. A second meeting was called for this summer to discuss outstanding issues. …  

12 Feb 2008 | News story

Dr Tim Ragen to stand down from WGWAP

IUCN regrets to announce the resignation of Dr Tim Ragen from the WGWAP. Earlier this month, Dr Ragen announced that he will not be renewing his engagement for 2008.  …  

15 Jan 2008 | News story

"What do you think if we and other sea animals die?  How will people living by the sea be affected?”
– Chau Thi Anh Thu’s award winning painting.

Continuing support: IUCN’s work in the Gulf of Tonkin

Colourful and creative drawings produced by the children of Minh Chau Island Secondary School were displayed at an award ceremony on November 19, 2007 to celebrate student participation in the “I Love Marine Turtles” Campaign. This is part of the “Saving Marine Turtles and their Habitat” environmental education programme that promotes good practices of marine biodiversity preservation. …  

07 Jan 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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