Marine and Polar

The Iroise Marine Nature Park, the first marine protected area in France, achieved IUCN Green List status in 2014. It was created in 2007 off the...
The Iroise marine park, located at the most western point of France, aims to improve understanding of the marine environment, to protect it (the seabed, bird and marine mammal species, but also...
Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico
Gland, Switzerland, 30 June 2017 (IUCN) – Illegal fishing, logging and poaching are impacting two-thirds of the 57 natural World Heritage sites...
Ahead of the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee, starting this Sunday in Kraków, Poland, IUCN recommends listing Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California on the List...
New guidance launched today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) urges the World Heritage Convention to better conserve...
Wilderness areas are largely intact land- and seascapes which have a low human population density and are mostly free of industrial infrastructure. They help respond to climate change, for instance...
EU Overseas are leading the way towards reaching global marine conservation goals
The 25 European Union (EU) Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and 9 Outermost Regions (ORs) are among the most precious assets to their six Member States not only for their rich biodiversity...
On hard substrata, frequently observed epilithic organisms include corals, actiniarians, hydroids, sponges, ascidians and crinoids
Gland, Switzerland, 26 June 2017 (IUCN) – Mining the deep ocean floor would inevitably lead to the loss of biodiversity, which cannot be compensated...
The rules that will govern the emerging deep sea mining industry – including environmental protection measures – are currently being drafted by the International Seabed Authority (ISA), an...
Vaquitas in the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recommends in-danger status for Mexico’s World Heritage-listed Islands and Protected Areas...
Despite ongoing efforts by Mexico, illegal gillnet fishing of totoaba, whose swim bladder is in high demand in Asia, is threatening the vaquita with imminent extinction, as the porpoise gets...
IUCN HEADQUARTERS - GLAND, SWITZERLAND IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme Rue Mauverney 28, CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland   Fil. Lic. Carl Gustaf Lundin Director, Global Marine...
Fish farm 1
Making farmed fish more ‘vegetarian’ by feeding them terrestrial plants, algae, or other alternatives to feed made from wild fish will continue to...
The report looked at the sustainability of the major fish feed ingredients that make up the protein and lipid sources required in aquaculture. It also investigated sustainable alternatives to one of...
The destruction we are inflicting on the oceans is shocking – but there is hope as countries step up to reverse the decline, writes IUCN’s Dorothée...
The corridors are full; side-event rooms not big enough for everyone to fit. The General Assembly room could be fuller, but that doesn’t diminish the invigorating discussions happening around the...
School of bar jack in the Tortugas ecological reserve
Where did life on Earth begin? The fact is, no one really knows. Charles Darwin imagined a “warm little pond”, while some scientists today speculate...
Today, life on Earth continues to depend on the ocean. Covering almost three quarters of the Earth’s surface, the ocean contains 97% of its water and supports every life form that inhabits it. It...
Coral reef in Roatán, Honduras
Gland, Switzerland, 8 June 2017 (IUCN) – Overfishing and the degradation of coral reefs across the Caribbean and Pacific islands are pushing many...
The Conservation status of marine biodiversity in the Pacific Islands of Oceania Red List report includes assessments of 2,800 marine species across the 22 island states and territories of Oceania,...
The Ocean Conference
Gland, Switzerland, 1 June 2017 (IUCN) – Ahead of the United Nations Ocean Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal...
The ocean is under increasing onslaught from climate change. So far, it has absorbed 30 % of the anthropogenic emissions of CO2 and around 93 % of the added heat arising from human-driven changes to...

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