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.
BEST, standing for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European overseas, was under the spotlight at the IUCN 2016 congress as an effective initiative facilitating international island conservation and sustainable development.
The EU Overseas  have reached and bypassed the target of marine protected areas (MPAs) set down in the Aichi 2010 declaration- a globally agreed target.
The Sargasso Sea Commission has released a brochure highlighting challenges to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction