Marine and Polar

Hatton Bank

EU's largest marine protected area

The Scottish Government has submitted proposals to the EU that include plans for Europe’s largest marine area of nature conservation in waters west of Scotland.  

13 Nov 2012 | News story
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<em>Antipathes dichotoma </em>

Discovering biodiversity: 300 meters deep in the Italian sea

MoBioMarCal (Monitoring of Marine Biodiversity in Calabria), a scientific marine exploration project, has revealed a wealth of underwater species and diversity in Italy by using innovative technology which allows to film nature very deep in the sea. …  

05 Nov 2012 | News story
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Poster EU Pegaso project

A new highway connecting the Mediterranean

The principles of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) are being translated into concrete actions in ten different locations supported by a new Mediterranean information highway portal. …   | Spanish

31 Oct 2012 | News story

Yuraygir National Park, Australia

Hyderabad hopes for a protected planet

Protected areas both on land and in the sea are a hot topic here at the Biodiversity talks in Hyderabad. We ask Trevor Sandwith, Head of IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme, to explain what they are and why they are so important. …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story

Jost van Dyke Island, British Virgin Islands

Islands show the way to conserve nature

A range of new and significant commitments to conserve nature in Europe’s overseas islands and regions were announced at Island Innovations, a dynamic high level event held during the UN Conference on Biodiversity (CBD COP11), in Hyderabad, India. Those include the continuous support of the European Parliament to the EU's BEST Preparatory Action and the British Virgin Islands’ involvement in the Caribbean Challenge Initiative. …  

18 Oct 2012 | News story
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Hammerhead sharks migrate to warmer waters in winter to breed and to cooler waters in summer, often tracking migratory fish.

Into the deep unknown – scientists unveil the secrets of our seas

Hyderabad, India, 15 October 2012 – New facts about marine life enable scientists to locate some of the ocean’s most ecologically and biologically significant areas (EBSAs), in the planet’s most remote places. At the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) calls on the international community to protect them. …  

15 Oct 2012 | News story

Clown fish in Moorea, French Polynesia

Conserving the coral reefs and rainforests of Europe

"Seen from the urban environment of Brussels, the direct link between biodiversity and human well-being might seem like a vague concept. But for the people of French Polynesia, it is an obvious reality," writes Jean-Philippe Palasi, EU Policy Director at Conservation International (CI), an IUCN Member. …  

28 Sep 2012 | News story
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NASA Satellite Image Bering Strait

Protection measures for the Bering Strait identified

IUCN, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF) are undertaking a cooperative project to identify measures that could be adopted to protect Ecologically and Biologically Sensitive Areas (EBSAs) of the Bering Strait region, and to explore ways in which such measures might be implemented. …  

28 Sep 2012 | News story

Investment in carbon capture — lifeline to poor

Tens of thousands of people around the world are getting greater access to food because of a new investment fund. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) supports the Livelihoods Fund, which allows companies to offset their carbon footprint by investing in ecosystem restoration programmes that deliver lasting community benefits, including increased food security. …   | French | Spanish

09 Sep 2012 | News story

Investment in carbon capture — lifeline to poor

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 9 September 2012 (IUCN) – Tens of thousands of people around the world are getting greater access to food because of a new investment fund. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) supports the Livelihoods Fund, which allows companies to offset their carbon footprint by investing in ecosystem restoration programmes that deliver lasting community benefits, including increased food security. …   | French | Spanish

09 Sep 2012 | 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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