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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...

  • Ocean plastics Photo: © RaceforWater / Christophe Launay

    Action needed to reduce toxic contamination from ocean plastics – IUCN

    04.05.2018

    The ‘plastic soup’ polluting our oceans contains toxic chemicals, which could be posing risks to marine species and humans. Changes in the ways we produce and consume plastic are urgently needed to reduce the levels of contamination caused by ocean plastics,...

  • plastic and other debris washed onto a beach in Thailand Plastic and other debris washed onto a beach in Sirinat National Park, Thailand Photo: IUCN/Lea Dubois

    Earth Day 2018: To end plastic pollution, we need to understand the problem

    20.04.2018

    Plastic provides many benefits to society and is used for a wide variety of applications. But it comes at a cost to the marine environment and human health. To initiate change, we need to understand the magnitude of the problem and ways to address plastic...

  • people standing in ankle high water near shore with tools and soil Photo: © D. Wodehouse

    The 'ground rules' for successful restoration: Mangrove sediments

    20.04.2018

    Once thriving, mangroves contribute to building the soil they grow on. Loose sediments are swept into mangroves with the tides and river currents, where they are trapped and supplemented with organic matter to form stable soils – a vital foundation.

  • Mangrove workshop group photo Mangrove workshop group photo Photo: Julika Tribukait/WWF

    Western Indian Ocean and Asia regional experts identify gaps in mangrove conservation best practices in a scoping workshop

    18.04.2018

    Under the umbrella of the Save Our Mangroves Now! (SOMN!) initiative, IUCN and WWF German co-organised a scoping workshop on best practices in mangrove conservation. The workshop brought together participants from government ministries and agencies as well as...

  • Abalone culture in Chile Abalone culture in Chile Photo: © IUCN / Imène Meliane

    Latin American and Caribbean countries threatened by rising ocean acidity, experts warn

    03.04.2018

    Latin American and Caribbean countries are at the forefront of the first effects of ocean acidification on people’s lives, according to experts who gathered in Santa Marta, Colombia to address the threat of acidification to the region at an event co-organised...

  • Brazil is changing marine conservation history in the South Atlantic Photo: ICMBio

    Brazil increases marine protection to over 25%

    28.03.2018

    By Cláudio C. Maretti, Chico Mendes Institute (ICMBio) Brazil is advancing consistently in its marine nature conservation and natural resources sustainable use strategy, as the Brazilian President announces it will protect over 920,000 km2, including...

  • Arquipélago de São Pedro e São Paulo Arquipélago de São Pedro e São Paulo  Photo: Canindé Soares

    Brazil on the verge of changing marine conservation history in the South Atlantic

    27.02.2018

    Brazil is on the verge of changing marine conservation history in the South Atlantic. After lagging behind other developing countries in Marine Protected Area coverage, with only 1.5% of its jurisdictional waters under some sort of protection, the Brazilian...

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