Marine and Polar

This page is a list of the most recently updated pages and stories that have been tagged “Marine and Polar” by IUCN thematic and regional units.
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The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and support an extraordinarily diverse world. Only a fraction of it has been discovered so far and much...
Plastic provides many benefits to society and is used for a wide variety of applications. But it comes at a cost to the marine environment and human...
Plastic is cheap, lightweight, strong and malleable which makes it a very useful material for a wide variety of applications, including packaging, building and construction, household and sports...
Once thriving, mangroves contribute to building the soil they grow on. Loose sediments are swept into mangroves with the tides and river currents,...
Mangrove forests are extraordinary survivalists facing the full fury of the sea. Firmly anchored where the oceans hit land, they are able to withstand powerful wave action and heavy storm surges....
Under the umbrella of the Save Our Mangroves Now! (SOMN!) initiative, IUCN and WWF German co-organised a scoping workshop on best practices in...
The workshop started with a field visit to the well-known Mikoko Pamoja mangrove conservation project in the Gazi bay, followed by two days of intense discussion and brainstorming. Ambassador Peter...
Latin American and Caribbean countries are at the forefront of the first effects of ocean acidification on people’s lives, according to experts who...
Research suggests that rising seawater acidity is already impacting the ability of organisms such as shellfish and corals in the region to build shells and skeletons. This could undermine regional...
By Cláudio C. Maretti, Chico Mendes Institute (ICMBio) Brazil is advancing consistently in its marine nature conservation and natural resources...
The President of Brazil, Michel Temer, has announced an increase in marine protection by approximately 920,000 km2[i] in two large mosaics of marine protected areas. A declaration for even more...
IUCN’s programme of work on marine plastics has focused principally on seeking solutions to close the plastic tap and tackle plastic pollution at its...
Current Projects Marine Plastics and Coastal Communities - MARPLASTICCs In late 2017, with the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), IUCN launched an...
IUCN recently compiled these standards for success for MPAs and has consulted on the content. The closing date for that was the 4 March 2018. We will...
The standards to MPAs are a synthesis of the existing IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas Standard, together with current relevant policies and positions taken from approved IUCN...
An online tool which helps companies measure their plastic footprint, developed by the social enterprise Searious Business and IUCN, International...
The tool, Plastic Scan, allows companies to measure how much plastic they use, and how much plastic waste is generated along their value chain. Based on the results, companies receive recommendations...
Marine News Issue 14 14th edition of the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme newsletter - September 2017 Click image to download   Marine News Issue 13 13th edition of the IUCN Global...
Brazil is on the verge of changing marine conservation history in the South Atlantic. After lagging behind other developing countries in Marine...
Both archipelagos are biodiversity hotspots and their surrounding waters harbour many endemic, vulnerable and endangered species, including whales, sharks, sea turtles and many pelagic species...
Azerbaijan is upgrading and expanding the Gizilaghaj State Reserve to become a National Park and will include the first Marine Protected Area (MPA)...
The State Reserve in south-eastern Azerbaijan was created in 1929 for the purpose of protecting migrant, swamp and wild birds, and was declared a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar...

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