Marine and Polar

Ministers signing the Pacific Mangroves Charter at the UN 3rd International Conference on SIDS in Apia, Samoa

Samoa leads five Pacific Island nations in signing up to the Pacific Mangroves Charter

Environment Ministers of five Pacific Island countries – Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa and Vanuatu – have committed to increase efforts to conserve mangroves, by signing the Pacific Mangroves Charter at a side event of the 3rd United Nations International Conference on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS). …  

04 Sep 2014 | News story

Kai sold at local market

Improving food safety and livelihoods of rural communities: Fiji’s kai fishery

A project to address food security issues in Fiji’s kai fishery will improve livelihoods of rural communities and help empower women, a workshop initiating the project heard this week. …  

22 Aug 2014 | News story

Fish from sustainable fisheries ensure food security into the future

Protecting and sustaining human life: Why healthy coastal ecosystems are so important

The recent focus on coastal fisheries has raised the question of why coastal ecosystems are so important. The simple answer is that healthy coastal ecosystems are the lifeblood of Pacific Island communities, providing food, income and physical protection. …  

13 Aug 2014 | News story

Vaquita, WWF, Mexico

Between a gill net and a hard place: more pressure on Vaquita

The world’s smallest cetacean, the Critically Endangered Vaquita (Phocoena sinus), is facing its most daunting challenge yet. Despite decades of conservation work to protect this porpoise in its limited habitat in the northern Gulf of California, Mexico, an unlikely but illegal trade in wildlife has arisen all to quickly. Chinese demand for the swim bladder of another threatened species- the totoaba fish (Totoaba macdonaldi) is now accelerating the slide toward extinction for this species of porpoise. …  

11 Aug 2014 | News story

Papua New Guinea Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources, Hon. Mao Zeming, delivering the keynote address at the Pacific Bêche-de-mer and the Future of Coastal Fisheries Meeting in Nadi, Fiji

Is it time for certification and branding of sustainably-grown products from Pacific coastal fisheries?

Certifying and branding sustainably-grown commercial products, such as bêche-de-mer, is one of the many ideas put forward to help the coastal fisheries of the Pacific Islands be sustainably managed into the future. …  

07 Aug 2014 | News story

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Sea & Air: Traversing the Ocean-Climate Divide in International Law and Policy

We have the pleasure of inviting you to an interdisciplinary panel discussion:
Sea & Air: Traversing the Ocean-Climate Divide in International Law and Policy 

04 Aug 2014 | News story

Calderón común (Globicephala melas)

What do you know about Alboran cetaceans and marine turtles ?

The Alboran Sea is one of the richest biodiversity points in the Mediterranean Sea, but at the same time, it is one of the busiest shipping routes. The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation IUCN has just published 9 fact sheets of cetacean and 5 of marine turtles that frequent the waters of the Alboran Sea. These fact sheets aim at describing the current knowledge about these species in the Alboran Sea and their fragile status of conservation. …   | French | Spanish

31 Jul 2014 | News story

A field ranger keeps a close watch over a wild rhino to which he has been assigned in an African Game Park.

Rising murder toll of park rangers calls for tougher laws

With poachers responsible for more than half of ranger deaths over the past two years, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the International Ranger Federation (IRF) call for a toughened stance against wildlife crime globally, marking World Ranger Day celebrated across the globe on 31 July. …   | French | Spanish

29 Jul 2014 | News story

The 20th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA)

The future exploitation of mineral resources of the seabed in areas beyond national jurisdiction discussed in Kingston

The 20th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) took place between the 14 and 25 July in Kingston, Jamaica. …  

29 Jul 2014 | News story

Somali Ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes)

One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar

More than 350 newly recognised bird species have been assessed by BirdLife International for the first time on behalf of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The assessment shows that more than 25% of these newly recognised birds have been listed as threatened on The IUCN Red List - compared with 13% of all birds - making them urgent priorities for conservation action. …  

24 Jul 2014 | News story

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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