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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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