Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

About marine and polar conservation

Oceans cover 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.

It is estimated that more than 1 million species live on coral reefs alone, and as many as 10 million in the deep seas.

The threats facing the marine environment are numerous and complex yet less than 2% of the oceans are protected.

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New Caledonia coast

European Environment Agency releases report: Europe natural capital still degrading

In its State of the Environment Report 2015 just released, the European Environment Agency highlights improvements while pointing out that Europe is not on track to meet its environmental goals. More ambitious policies and actions are needed to address the challenges. …  

05 Mar 2015 | News story

Fresh or Salty Report

Keep it Fresh or Salty Report

An introductory guide to financing wetland carbon programs and projects …  

03 Mar 2015 | News story

Dr. Earle visiting the local school on Ascension Island

Mounting pressure for marine protection

IUCN has teamed up with a coalition of leading marine conservation organisations to urge the British Government to safeguard the maritime zones of the UK’s overseas territories by creating three of the largest marine protected areas (MPAs) in the world. …  

20 Feb 2015 | News story