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Consulting on the Blue Society

The Sea for Society project is in the process of examining how it is that a more integrated and sustainable approach to marine and maritime systems can be achieved in Europe. Between May and October of this year citizens from all of Europe will be meeting to discuss such issues and help towards the goal of defining a new vision for the marine environment: the Blue Society.  …  

29 Aug 2013 | News story
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High seas

The high seas call for more transparency

At the United Nations Headquarters on Friday, governments agreed to start scoping the content and feasibility of a new international legal agreement to conserve marine biodiversity in the two-thirds of the ocean that lies beyond the jurisdiction of individual States. This signals a strong shift in political opinion in favour of a new agreement, though the final outcome of these talks remains unclear. …  

25 Aug 2013 | News story

EWt, SOS, dugongs

Activists Swim for Dugongs

Picture this. On August 22, 2013, a group of eleven friends will swim 5 kilometres across a lake from France to Switzerland. This not any ordinary swim, this is the IUCN Big Swim across lac Leman! You can support the Big Swim by donating via the following link to the SOS project page: http://bit.ly/1epxCf3  Every little helps and is much appreciated.     …  

21 Aug 2013 | News story

Western gray whale

Salmon fishing clashes with endangered gray whales

An IUCN group of experts is calling for an immediate halt to large-scale commercial salmon fishing near Piltun Lagoon, Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East because of the risk it poses to about 150 critically endangered Western Gray whales found in this area. …   | Russian

16 Aug 2013 | News story

Cover of the publication "Mediterranean MPAs and climate change"

Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas play a key role in understanding the effects of climate change

Climate change is likely to have drastic effects on the habitat of the Mediterranean flora and fauna, but its impacts will vary between Mediterranean regions and between marine protected areas (MPAs) within each region. This IUCN guide analyzes the threats and effects of climate change on Mediterranean marine biodiversity and provides MPA managers with tools to monitor and mitigate changes in their own MPA. …   | French | Spanish

24 Jul 2013 | News story

IUCN-WWF cover MPA guide publication

A new practical tool to evaluate Marine Protected Areas management in the Mediterranean

According to a recent survey conducted by the MedPAN Association over 80 Mediterranean marine protected areas (MPA) more than half of them did not yet have a management plan for the sites and 75% of the Natura 2000 sites (in EU countries) still did not have a management body. In order to reinforce the effectiveness of Mediterranean marine protected areas and to achieve a more unified approach, the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and WWF-Italy have worked in close collaboration with MPA managers to create an inclusive yet synthetic tool to assess MPA management. …   | French | Spanish

03 Jul 2013 | News story

IUCN 2012 Congress  - Forum

Keeping the spirit of the 2012 Congress alive

IUCN is pleased to announce the launch of the IUCN Conservation Trends Platform, which illustrates trends for conservation based on analysis undertaken during the Forum of the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress on a selection of workshops under each Congress theme. A Trend Report has been produced for each day, identifying the main conservation messages coming out of the collective work. …   | French | Spanish

01 Jul 2013 | News story

Tuvalu Marine Life

Tuvalu releases the first inventory of its most vital resource: Marine life

Alofa Tuvalu,the French-Tuvaluan NGO, handed out "Tuvalu Marine Life" a publication symbolically printed in 100 copies, to Tine Leuelu, Ambassador of Tuvalu to Belgium, to IUCN, UNESCO and to its partners. The event took place, early June, at the Paris Tropical Aquarium. …  

25 Jun 2013 | News story

Manta ray, Mayotte

Mayotte: yet to be recognized exceptional biodiversity

The French overseas department of Mayotte is located in the biogeographical area of the Comoros Archipelago, at the heart of the Mozambique Channel and close to Madagascar. Mayotte hosts a variety of land and marine tropical ecosystems which are of major ecological value, despite significant landscape changes due to the exploitation of first sugar cane and later rice. Read more about Mayotte in the new Country Focus. …  

20 Jun 2013 | News story
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Delphine Batho, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Victorin Lurel, Minister of Overseas France, Pascal Canfin, Deputy Minister for Development and Anne Paugam, CEO of the French Development Agency sign a new agreement with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), represented by its Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre.

France and IUCN intensify their efforts to protect global biodiversity

Yesterday IUCN signed a new partnership agreement with France, which aims to support the Union's global biodiversity conservation work, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, oceans and global governance of natural resources. …   | French

13 Jun 2013 | 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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