Marine and Polar

Los Glaciales National Park, Argentina

Key Biodiversity Areas - governance workshop underway in Brasilia

This week, a number of conservationists are meeting with representatives from Mexico, India and Brazil to discuss the identification and governance of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) - places recognised for their important fauna and flora. The process for identifying KBAs is the focus of a project funded by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative’s Collaborative Fund for Conservation. …  

06 Nov 2013 | News story

Ocean, our planet's 'blue heart'

No time to lose for our planet’s “blue heart”

A strong commitment to conserve and sustainably manage the ocean, including areas beyond national jurisdiction, was among the outcomes of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress, whose ministerial segment closed yesterday in Ajaccio, Corsica. …  

28 Oct 2013 | News story

Galapagos sea lion puppy, San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Marine Protected Areas - an investment well worth its price

Halfway through the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress taking in Marseille, we asked Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme to tell us about the most important issues discussed so far. …  

23 Oct 2013 | News story

The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is a large inlet in the eastern Pacific Ocean located along the northwestern coast of Mexico. Covering about 160,000 square kilometers, the Gulf of California covers 4,000 kilometers of coastline and reaches depths of over 3,000 meters.

There is hope for the ocean

Thirty one new Hope Spots - places that are critical to the health of the ocean - were announced yesterday by renowned oceanographer and IUCN Patron Sylvia Earle, a global initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance “Mission Blue” and IUCN, with the aim to scale up the marine protection necessary for a sustainable development of the ocean. …  

23 Oct 2013 | News story

Penguins in Cape Hallet, Antarctica

Are oceans a universal value? IUCN identifies gaps in marine World Heritage

Marseille, 22 October 2013 - A new IUCN report identifying gaps in marine World Heritage was launched today at the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC). The study provides a road map to ensure the World Heritage Convention reflects the diversity of marine ecosystems in future nominations.   …  

22 Oct 2013 | News story

Chagos

Better management and funding needed to save the ocean

Marseille, France, 21 October 2013 – Effective management and more funding for marine protected areas are urgently needed to secure a longer life for our oceans and the vital services they provide, urges IUCN at the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3), which opens today in Marseille, France. …  

21 Oct 2013 | News story

Atlantic cod. www.arkive.org

Developing the European Red List of Marine Fishes

 A five-day workshop, 14-18 October, held in Malaga started yesterday with the participation of 16 experts from 13 countries who will evaluate 300 species of marine fish, including some of commercial fishing interest as cod, hake, anchovy or scorpionfish , in order to develop the European Red List of Marine Fishes (pan-European and EU 27), according to the criteria and categories of the Red List of Threatened Species. …  

15 Oct 2013 | News story

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus)

Pole to Pole: One small step, one giant leap

The leading zoos and aquariums of Europe, through the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) will, together with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Arctic Action Team and other partners, raise awareness and stimulate behaviour change for the conservation of the biodiversity of the two Poles.  …  

09 Oct 2013 | News story
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Wave

Latest review of science reveals ocean in critical state

An international panel of marine scientists, including IUCN experts, is demanding urgent remedies to halt ocean degradation based on findings that the rate, speed and impacts of change in the global ocean are greater, faster and more imminent than previously thought. …   | Dutch

03 Oct 2013 | News story

Save the date -GPAP 23Aug2013

All eyes on Marseille: IMPAC3 to start soon

Every four years, the International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC) brings together major maritime stakeholders from around the globe to assist in the conservation and sustainable development of the oceans. IUCN is the co-organizer of this year’s edition, IMPAC3, which will take place in Marseille (France) from 21 to 25 October 2013. …  

03 Oct 2013 | News story
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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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