Marine and Polar

Today, the BEST 2.0 Programme has launched a call for proposals for small-scale projects on-the-ground in the 25 EU Overseas Countries and...
  Projects supporting the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of ecosystem services, including ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation are eligible... Read more
A 3-year project 'BEST RUP' started on 15 January 2017. Its aim is to implement the pilot project 'inventory of species and habitats and...
BEST RUP is taking advantage of any possible synergies with the work carried out under the BEST preparatory action, which privileges a voluntary and participative approach for the development of... Read more
An independent scientific panel created to protect critically endangered western gray whales in the Russian Far East will continue to monitor...
For the last 12 years, the IUCN-led Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) has been providing objective independent advice to Sakhalin Energy and other actors on the conservation of these whales... Read more
How will ocean acidification affect fisheries around the world as carbon dioxide levels rise? This question is among the research priorities...
Research shows that rising levels of dissolved carbon dioxide cause ocean acidification, which is expected to harm many marine species, but much remains unknown. Which regions will be most... Read more
Five sites in the High Seas, which belong to no country, could be recognised under the World Heritage Convention, according to a new report by UNESCO...
“Just as on land, the deepest and most remote ocean harbours globally unique places that deserve recognition, just as we have given to the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States of America,... Read more
IUCN has launched a new tool to help negotiators, governments and other stakeholders understand their options for an international instrument for...
The matrix was developed by an international team of experts led by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre together with the Global Marine and Polar Programme.  It presents a variety of suggestions... Read more
Preliminary findings of a comprehensive scientific survey examining the impact of the climate change-related 2016 mass bleaching in the Maldives...
Higher than average sea surface water temperatures, linked to an El Niño Southern Oscillation Event, have caused mass coral bleaching around the world in 2016. The survey – conducted by the... Read more
Few weeks before the World Conservation Congress (WCC), the Islands Journey is online aiming at providing useful information on Island Bright spots...
Islands will be definitively in the spotlight next September! Enjoy the reading!
IUCN Global Marine & Polar Programme is pleased to present its 2016 Marine Journey, in line with IUCN's World Conservation Congress starting...
IUCN Global Marine & Polar Programme is pleased to present its 2016 Marine Journey
"Helping people work together to improve the outlook for coral reefs and communities"
After the success of the first edition “Reef Manager’s Guide to Coral Bleaching”, here is the next publication in the series: "A Reef Manager’s Guide to Fostering Community Stewardship" which is a... Read more
Ocean warming is affecting humans in direct ways and the impacts are already being felt, including effects on fish stocks and crop yields, more...
The report, Explaining ocean warming: Causes, scale, effects and consequences, reviews the effects of ocean warming on species, ecosystems and on the benefits oceans provide to humans. Compiled by 80... Read more
    The Sargasso Sea Commission has released a brochure highlighting challenges to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity...
While the Sargasso Sea Project has succeeded in gaining wide-spread recognition for the Sargasso Sea’s significance, the primary legally binding protective measure secured after six years of... Read more

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