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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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The Samoan voyaging canoe Gaualofa departing Apia, Samoa, as part of the Mua Voyage to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney

Change is in the sea: from SDGs and MPAs to resolutions and global commitments

As governments, the UN, NGOs and civil society organisations met at the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York last month, the world is slowly recognising the critical role that a healthy environment, and healthy oceans, can play in addressing current challenges including poverty, climate change, food and water security, and reducing the risk of disasters. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article

Giant Clam in Vamizi Community Sanctuary, Mozambique

If you want to go far, go together: Community based conservation in Vamizi Island, Mozambique

The Vamizi Community Sanctuary (CS) is located on the western side of the Vamizi Island, covering an area of about 10,000 hectares of reefs, mangroves, sand flats and deeper waters, and extending 3 miles out to sea. It is one of the most successful examples of a community managed protected area in East Africa, with less than 10 years and measurable benefits. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article

Anne Walton

Anne Walton, NOAA - A career in marine conservation

Anne Walton has been a leading figure on marine protected area (MPA) issues, in the US and beyond, since the early 1990’s. She was instrumental in building up and leading NOAA’s International MPA Capacity Building Program, which has benefitted MPA practitioners in over 30 countries. As Anne steps down from the leadership of the program to move into new areas of marine conservation, we highlight her remarkable contributions to strengthening MPA management around the globe. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article