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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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  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 signing ceremony Photo: IUCN

    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

    18.05.2018

    Marseille, France – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in...

  • Ice and plastic interaction experiment, Manitoba, Canada Fixing the 24 pools before adding different concentrations of microplastics Photo: Joao Sousa IUCN

    Research to determine whether ocean plastics accelerate Arctic melt

    14.05.2018

    IUCN and academic partners are conducting research in the Arctic and Baltic regions to establish to what extent plastic particles accelerate ice melt in the Arctic Circle. Dark plastic particles attract sunlight, warm up and melt the ice around it. ...

  • Beach erosion, Jupiter, Florida.  Photo: William Djubin, EarthRehab

    Ocean risks a wake-up call for policymakers – IUCN report

    08.05.2018

    Southampton, Bermuda, 08 May 2018 (XL Catlin/IUCN): A new report by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, commissioned by the global (re)insurance company XL Catlin, warns of unprecedented changes occurring in the ocean and points to the...

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