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  • Double Turtle Photo: Thomas Vignaud

    Blue Finance builds an alliance to monetise and more effectively protect Marine Protected Areas


    A key obstacle to effectively managing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is a lack of economic resources, but at the Oriental Mindoro MPA in the Philippines, a consortium of dedicated partners is turning one of the world`s most productive ecosystems into a...

  • Women harvest seaweed for soap, cosmetics and medicine, Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa Women harvest seaweed for soap, cosmetics and medicine, Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa Photo: Shutterstock

    IUCN case study examines the interaction between aquaculture and marine conservation in Zanzibar


    A new IUCN case study focuses on the coasts and coastal communities of Zanzibar that use them, analysing whether life-supporting aquaculture and marine conservation are really working, and how.  

  • Plasticus Mare Balticum report cover page Plasticus Mare Balticum report cover page Photo: IUCN/Joao Sousa

    Report: the Baltic Sea binds five reports on plastics into one compilation, linked by location


    Plasticus Mare Balticum is a compilation of five different reports with a common base: The Baltic Sea, the countries which border it, the plastics flowing into it, and the lives which are affected by it. 1. The marine plastic footprint. 2. Microplastic...

  • BiF Report - Diver Coral Fish and Island BiF Report - Diver Coral Fish and Island Photo: BNCFF

    Report: Blue Infrastructure Finance, where all win


    All coastal and marine ecosystems are critical to human well-being and global biodiversity. Mangroves, coral reefs, and seagrass beds are examples of these. But urban and rural infrastructure investments are having a heavy negative impact on these systems,...

  • Women fishing in Mozambique Photo: IUCN ESARO

    Women in Mozambique engage in Climate Change action


    The Coastal Resilience to Climate Change (CRCC) project, funded by the Swedish Embassy in Maputo is empowering coastal communities to respond to climate change in an inclusive, resilient and more sustainable way. So far women participation stands at 58...

  • School of tuna School of tuna Photo: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization/ Danilo Cedrone

    IUCN adds its voice to 108 organisations around the Globe urging end to harmful fisheries subsidies


    Ahead of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference, scheduled to launch on World Ocean Day, a statement with 108 signatory organisations from around the world delivers world leaders a message: Reach a meaningful agreement to stop harmful...

  • ABMT in BBNJ Area-based management tools in biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (ABMT in BBNJ). Photo: IUCN

    Report: Building ambition and planning ahead for the High Seas treaty


    A new IUCN report gives a series of recommendations to build ambition for the new agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under UNCLOS. The report release is timed in advance of the...

  • Sunrise through a plastic bottle Sunrise through a plastic bottle Photo: Karuvadgraphy, Pixabay

    "Plastic Waste-Free Islands" sounds like a dream, but a project works to bring it to reality


    The Plastic Waste-Free Islands (PWFI) project has started its work: assist several island nations in the Pacific and Caribbean region to reduce plastic waste generation and eliminate leakage to the ocean on which they depend. In this article we overview...

  • The Selva Shrimp business and conservation model The Selva Shrimp business and conservation model Photo: Blueyou (

    Blueyou business partners with mangrove trees to turn a profit


    The swirling question posed by any business wanting to take part in nature conservation is how to make it profitable. In Indonesia, the “Selva Shrimp” project is on the way to proving that small-scale farming with active nature conservation can create...

  • The Marine Plastic Footprint - calulating leakage to oceans The Marine Plastic Footprint - calulating leakage to oceans Photo: Joao Sousa

    The Marine Plastic Footprint report: calculating the millions of tonnes that end up in the oceans


    In The Marine Plastic Footprint, Joao Sousa of IUCN introduces new measures to understand and calculate the frightening leakage of plastic into the marine environment - by following its movement through every stage from production to waste to final...


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