Marine and Polar

waves open sea

Another Step Forward on High Seas Governance

The international community continues to make progress in its discussions on issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction. At the eighth meeting of the UN Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study such issues (BBNJ Working Group), which took place from 16-19 June at the UN Headquarters in New York, the positive momentum of the seventh BBNJ Working Group meeting could be maintained.  …  

17 Jul 2014 | News story

Taholo Kami (IUCN), Aunofo Havea (Tonga), Hoturoa Kerr (New Zealand), Farri Bruun (Samoa) and Peia Patai (Cook Islands) after signing the memorandums of understanding.

Fleet growing for ‘Mua’ – the sailing voyage to World Parks Congress 2014

More Pacific Island countries are climbing aboard the ‘Mua: Guided by Nature’ voyage to help convey the ‘one Pacific voice’ to the world, with the number of traditional voyaging canoes sailing from the Pacific to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 rapidly growing into a fleet. …  

17 Jul 2014 | News story

People and bees

Call for nominations for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of IPBES

IPBES has issued a call for nominations for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) for the three-year term 2015–2017, replacing the current interim MEP. The MEP is an important body as it is responsible for overseeing the scientific and technical development and implementation of the IPBES work programme. …   | French | Spanish

16 Jul 2014 | News story

12A_48_06, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast, by Rubaiyat Mansur WCS, SOS - Save Our Species

SOS Marine: Collaboration key to saving Bangladesh’s cetaceans from gillnets

The lives of Bangladesh's fishermen and its coastal cetaceans are intertwined. Regarded as their brethren at sea, fishermen often lament the death of these top predators through entanglement in gillnets. Finding mutually beneficial solutions, Brian Smith and colleague Rubaiyat Mowgli Mansur, working for SOS grantee and IUCN Member, the Wildlife Conservation Society, report on the promising start to an initiative to align priorities for both fishermen and cetaceans using new processes and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. With such an innovative project, there has been some learning on the job generating new insights and practices according to Brian.   …  

10 Jul 2014 | News story

Vaquita

International Day of the Vaquita

The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is a large and extremely rich body of water that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. Spreading over more than 1,130km of coast and reaching a surface area of 160,000km2, the Gulf of California is listed as one of the 66 Large Marine Ecosystems of the world. Its unique location accounts for some of the most astonishing landscapes on Earth, where blue lagoons meet the desert sand. …  

10 Jul 2014 | News story

2013A-058, Manta Ray, Wildaid, SOS Save Our Species, Shawn Heinrichs

SOS Marine: WildAid Launches Campaign to Reduce Consumption of Manta Ray Gills in China

Influencing consumer behaviour toward protecting a species such as the iconic Manta Ray is a nuanced and lengthy process gaining awareness, changing attitudes and finally changing actions. It is work that SOS Grantee WildAid, has been doing for some time using a toolkit including celebrity ambassadors, social media, television and billboard advertising to win hearts and minds. First and key, however, is up to date market information: in this case the manta gill plate consumer market of Guangzhou, China – where 99% of the world’s consumption occurs.   …  

09 Jul 2014 | News story

Uto Ni Yalo

Fijian voyaging flagship, Uto Ni Yalo, to sail to IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

A memorandum of understanding signed between IUCN Oceania and the Uto Ni Yalo Trust sets the course for the Uto Ni Yalo to sail to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. This significant voyage will convey regional messages about the critical need to respect and protect important natural places. It continues the Pacific Voyage: ‘one Pacific voice’ campaign, originally initiated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. …   | French

03 Jul 2014 | News story

Rainbow parrotfish grazing in the Caribbean

From despair to repair: Dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed

With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). …  

02 Jul 2014 | News story

12A_29_34, WCS, Illegal trawler greeted at anchorage, SOS Save Our Species

Enforcement paying off for the Atlantic humpback dolphin of Western Africa

Like many threatened species, the Vulnerable Atlantic humpback dolphin (Sousa teuszii) is under pressure from anthropogenic activities. Industrial and commercial scale fishing forces locally-based artisanal fishers to within 200 metres of the beach – using their nets in critical habitat for this poorly understood marine mammal. In a recent field report SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reports on the impact of routine and frequent surveillance patrols in the waters of Conkouati-Douli National Park (CDNP), in the Republic of Congo – one of two project sites- to deter and intercept the trawlers that are deemed the root cause of the problem.   …  

30 Jun 2014 | News story

Gorilla in Virunga National Park

IUCN welcomes emphatic ‘no’ to extractives in World Heritage

Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has sent a strong message to oil and gas and other extractive industries not to operate in World Heritage sites. The message came during discussions about World Heritage sites in Danger, including Africa’s iconic Virunga National Park, at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting taking place in Doha, Qatar. …   | French | Dutch

19 Jun 2014 | News story

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This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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