Marine and Polar

EU Overseas News

  • Coral Sea MPA Map Photo: © Agence des Aires Marines Protégées

    The Government of New Caledonia creates a big MPA in the Coral Sea– le parc naturel de la mer de Corail (nature park of the Coral Sea)


    During its 23 April meeting, the government of New Caledonia adopted a decree to create le parc naturel de la mer de Corail. As stated by the president, Harold Martin, New Caledonia is adopting an integrated policy towards management of marine areas that are under its shared responsibility with the French Government.

  • An island of Europe overseas in the Western Indian Ocean Photo: John Turner

    Partnership between French Agency for Development and IUCN: Biodiversity as a stepping stone for development


    IUCN and AFD, the French Agency for Development, recently signed an agreement for EUR 2.6 million (CHF 3.18 million). The funds will contribute to the implementation of three thematic programmes chosen to reflect France’s international priorities in conservation.

  • Sargassum habitat Photo: Don Kincaid

    Governments unite to conserve iconic Sargasso Sea


    Governments of Bermuda, the Azores, Monaco, United Kingdom and the United States have signed a declaration committing to the conservation of the Sargasso Sea – a vast patch of mid-Atlantic Ocean known for its unique floating seaweeds that harbour rich biodiversity. This is the first time an international alliance has been formed to protect this unique haven of marine life.

  • Marine trash and plastic debris, Midway Atoll Photo: Steven Siegel

    IUCN explores marine debris and its effect on migratory species


    IUCN has partnered up with Eunomia and the Marine Conservation Society for a study that will explore the relationship between marine debris and migratory species. It is hoped the investigation will shed some further light on the marine waste problem and the solutions that are needed to tackle this menace to the marine environment.

  • Partners in the BEST III project meeting at the launch event in the European Commission Photo: C Jean Philippe Palasi/Chris Carroll

    BEST III Preparatory Action project for Europe overseas launched


    On Friday 31st January, the contract to implement the third year of the European BEST Preparatory Action was launched at the European Commission. This crucial phase of the initiative focuses on developing measures for sustaining the European BEST Initiative for conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services in EU outermost regions and overseas countries and territories.

  • Disparoneura apicalis, a Vulnerable species of dragonfly from the Western Ghats Photo: Francy Kakkassery

    Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas


    A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns has been launched last week at the landmark Water Lives symposium, bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists. Freshwaters are incredibly diverse habitats; they cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface yet are home to 35% of all vertebrate species. Sadly, freshwater life is declining at an alarming rate, faster than any other component of global biodiversity. 

  • Participants at the workshop Photo: Robert Luckock

    Workshop puts focus on MPAs in Caribbean EU Overseas territories


    MPA managers from across EU Overseas entities and other countries in the Caribbean region have attended a workshop held in St. Martin on the topic of building marine ecosystem resilience through the use of MPA networks. The event has been hailed a great success with stakeholders using the platform to share best practices and where they also discussed a regional approach to support actions on the ground.

  • La Palme IFRECOR award Photo: Agence 914

    French Champions of coral reef protection awarded


    For the third year running IFRECOR – the French Coral Reef Initiative – has announced the winners of the Palme IFRECOR awards for actions and policies at the local level that aim to protect, better manage and restore coral reefs and associated ecosystems such as seagrasses and mangroves.

  • EDD13 logo Photo: EDD13

    Nature-based solutions at European Development Days


    IUCN will host the event Nature-based solution to development needs during this years' edition of the European Development Days, the annual high-level event on development aid organised by the European Commission. 

  • MPAs Photo: Imre Sebestyén

    New report on European overseas MPAs coming soon


    A new study by IUCN that aims to assess the current status of marine conservation in European Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) - with a specific focus on marine protected areas - will published soon by IUCN.


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