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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 of ocean life remains a mystery which IUCN experts are striving to unveil.
 

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    L’expédition Walters Shoal est de retour!

    L’expédition Walters Shoal est de retour (23 avril-18 mai 2017) ! Un fantastique partage des compétences dans un effort commun pour la gestion et la conservation des ressources biologiques de haute mer : les premières observations font du banc Walters un mont sous-marin au faciès écologique remarquable avec une zone sommitale recouverte d’algues coralligènes. L’analyse des échantillons nous apportera des précisions quant à la composition faunistique et floristique dans les mois à venir ! Retournez sur le blog

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    The Walters Shoal Expedition is back!

    The Walters Shoal Expedition (April 23-May 18, 2017) is back! A fantastic sharing of skills as part of a common effort for the management and conservation of the living resources of the high seas: the first observations uncover Walters Bank as a remarkable ecosystem with a summit zone covered with coralligenous algae. The analysis of the samples will give us details about the fauna and flora composition in the months to come! Back to the blog.

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    Ocean Warming Report

    Explaining Ocean Warming: Causes, scale, effects and consequences was released to the world’s media in September 2016 at the IUCN Congress in Hawaii.  This 460-page publication offers a comprehensive and up-to-date look at the effects of ocean warming from the perspective of major ecosystems and species groups.  Drawing on the work of over 80 scientists from 12 countries, it sets out the likely nature and scale of changes to come and also looks at the probable economic consequences ocean warming poses as well as associated risks to human health and well-being.

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  • Mangroves

    Mangroves make great conservation allies

    26.07.2017

    July 26, 2017 – The world is losing its mangrove forests at an alarming rate. Scientists estimate that 50 percent of our mangroves have disappeared during the last five decades. And every year we lose roughly another 1 percent. At this rate all unprotected...

  • Mangroves

    Gender equity is key to mangrove restoration

    26.07.2017

    Women and men in coastal communities are often closely connected to their coastal ecosystems and gender roles are often traditionally identified and clearly divided. Women and men differ in how they interact and depend upon mangroves – how they use the...

  • Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico © IUCN Elena Osipova

    IUCN to assess new measures protecting endangered vaquitas in Gulf of California World Heritage site

    06.07.2017

    IUCN is expected to carry out a field mission with UNESCO to Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, to assess the effectiveness of new measures to protect the Critically Endangered vaquita. This follows a decision by the World...

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