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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What's new?

Participants of the Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being for Latin America and Caribbean

Blue Solutions of Latin America and the wider Caribbean Region

For the second time now, the Blue Solutions Initiative convened a Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being. This time it was held in Cancun, Mexico (April 2015) for participants from Latin America and the wider Caribbean Region. …  

22 Apr 2015 | News story

Sandbanks in the Wadden Sea Netherlands

Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi to boost environmental information for decision-makers

Over 650 delegates from government, UN bodies, the non-governmental sector, private sector, academia and civil society will gather in Abu Dhabi between 6 and 8 October for the Eye on Earth Summit 2015, to bridge the information gap policy makers face in designing plans for sustainable development. …  

14 Apr 2015 | News story

Mangrove ecosystems are valuable assets.

World Forum on Natural Capital calls for ground-breaking case studies

Organizers of the second World Forum on Natural Capital, including IUCN, have issued a call for case studies that demonstrate how putting natural capital at the heart of decision-making can benefit companies’ bottom line, as well as the environment. 

09 Apr 2015 | Article