Marine Protected Areas

Heron in Los Katíos National Park, World Heritage site, Colombia

IUCN recommends action for natural World Heritage in danger

Key recommendations by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, on new and threatened natural World Heritage sites are released today ahead of the World Heritage Committee meeting which takes place in Bonn, Germany from 28 June to 8 July. IUCN recommends that Colombia’s Los Katíos be withdrawn from ‘in-danger’ status. It also recommends inscription for a new site in Jamaica and major extensions to two listed sites in Viet Nam and South Africa. A second batch of reports is due at the end of May. …   | French | Spanish

15 May 2015 | News story

Octopus vulgaris, Cap de Trois Fourches (Maroc)

Discover the biological richness of ”Cap des Trois Fourches” in Morocco

The Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) and the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, in collaboration with theHaut-Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification  Moroccan (HCEFLCD) in Morocco, have just released a new publication dealing with the "Cap des Trois Fourches" on the Mediterranean coasts of Morocco. …   | French

11 May 2015 | News story

Ainsi, la ZMPV participe en droit de la Mer à la protection d'un site dont la conservation mobilise des outils juridiques de nature variée.

The Pelagos sanctuary deserves more

Mediterranean associations call on French, Italian governments and the Principality of Monaco "the Pelagos sanctuary deserves more" An appeal on behalf of the Mediterranean’s most extensive protected area, covering 4% of the entire basin and home to the fin whale, the sperm whale and dolphins,the Pelagos sanctuary.   …   | French | Spanish

24 Mar 2015 | News story

Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

Great British win: world's largest marine reserve to be established around Pitcairn Islands

IUCN joins other leading conservation groups in congratulating the British Government for its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory (OT) in the South Pacific.  

19 Mar 2015 | News story

Ras Mohamed National Park, Egypt .

Sharing the Mediterranean experience with the Arab World on marine protected areas

More than 60 experts on marine protected areas gathered at Hurghada, along the Egyptian Red Sea, in a symposium organised from 19-21 January by the IUCN Regional office for Western Asia (ROWA) supported by the Arab League. …  

21 Jan 2015 | News story

The Marumaru Atua arriving on the Gold Coast, Australia, as part of the Mua Voyage to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Championing Ocean Issues at the Sydney World Park’s Congress

The International Union for Conservation of Nature will is holding its once in a decade World Parks Congress beginning November 12th. This year’s congregation of non-profits, private interests and agencies, all working on protected areas across the globe, will be unique for two important reasons. The event will have a much larger ocean focus than ever before, featuring over 250 ocean-related sessions joined together under a Marine Theme, and the Congress will be using technologies for ocean outreach and collaboration that are thoroughly new to the IUCN’s events. …  

14 Nov 2014 | News story

Wiley Special Issue of Aquatic Conservation

Marine protection know-how now better than ever

Sydney, November 18, 2014
Today marks a landmark shift in the science of marine protection. As part of a new regularised process for the publishing of scientific information on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), IUCN and publishers Wiley Online Library have released a Special Issue of Aquatic Conservation that brings together a broad range of peer-reviewed articles by leading conservation professionals. This forms part of the harder and more compelling scientific evidence now available to support knowledge of the positive impacts that MPAs have on marine resilience, productivity and biodiversity. …  

14 Nov 2014 | Article

Shark Reef Marine Reserve logo

Creation of a new Marine Park in Fiji

In November 2014, the Fiji Shark Reef Marine Reserve will formally be declared a National Marine Park by the government of Fiji. This is a first in the archipelago and the result of an excellent local initiative which took 11 years to succeed from which the whole community will benefit. …  

09 Oct 2014 | News story

13A-069-018 Reef Manta Ray Ventral Shot, Maldives _ Guy Stevens, SOS SAve Our Species, Manta Trust

A good news story unfolds for mantas and sharks

What did it take to get here? And what will it take to go further? asks Isabel Ender, Conservation Strategy Manager with the Manta Trust, an SOS Grantee. …  

11 Sep 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

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