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The next 50 years in Antarctica

1 December 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in Washington DC. To acknowledge this milestone, experts in the field of international governance attended the Antarctic Treaty Summit: Science-Policy Interactions in International Governance symposium, hosted at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. …  

08 Dec 2009 | News story

Deep-sea squid (Teuthowenia pellucida)

Working Towards High Seas Biodiversity Conservation

The open oceans and deep seas represent 95 percent of the global biosphere in volume, play an important regulating role in the Earth’s climate and are home to a major part of the world’s biodiversity. However, mounting pressures from intensifying human uses, climate change and ocean acidification threaten to undermine these ecosystems’ biodiversity, balance and resilience. Due to their remoteness and the logistic difficulties linked to their exploration, these areas remain the least known and least protected places on the planet. Future conservation efforts on the high seas, the open oceans and deep seas falling outside of national jurisdiction, will thus depend on international cooperation and coordination …  

26 Nov 2009 | International news release

Sea urchin in sea grass

Ocean carbon central to climate challenge

World leaders should recognize the immense potential of the ocean to reduce global warming by capturing carbon, if we are to avoid a serious climate crisis. …   | French | Spanish

17 Nov 2009 | International news release

Seamount species

Mysteries of deep-water life in the Indian Ocean to be revealed

A new project led by IUCN will unveil the mysteries of southern Indian Ocean seamounts and help improve conservation and management of resources. …  

12 Nov 2009 | News story

Alaska

Don’t shun the ocean – IUCN tells climate leaders

Failure to recognize the ocean in climate change discussions will have profound consequences for humanity, according to IUCN. …  

10 Nov 2009 | International news release

Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna: Endangered Species

The United States announced last week that it will seek the strongest possible management for the conservation of Atlantic bluefin tuna, sending a clear and definitive statement to the international community that the current status quo is not acceptable. …  

19 Oct 2009 | News story

Dan and Sylvia urge 106 leaders to step up global protection of the ocean

Sylvia Earle and IUCN Invite World Leaders to Celebrate and Extend Ocean Protection

Today legendary underwater explorer and ocean ambassador Sylvia Earle teamed up with IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas in a historic move to send individual letters to 106 world leaders inviting them to join Sylvia in her wish to better protect the world’s oceans. …  

05 Oct 2009 | News story

MFF projects invest in storm-mitigating mangrove forests, as well as other coastal ecosystems.

Healthy coastal environments reduce impacts of natural disasters-IUCN

More than 200,000 people fled their homes and at least 91 people were reported killed after typhoon Ketsana struck the coast of central Viet Nam on Wednesday. …  

02 Oct 2009 | Media advisory

Seabirds

IUCN welcomes ECOMAR as a new partner to the Seamounts Project

The Marine Ecology Laboratory of the University of Reunion (ECOMAR) has formally become a partner of the “UNDP/GEF Seamounts Project” led by IUCN, providing additional expertise and knowledge on seabirds ecology in the open ocean and areas of potential interest for future marine protected areas. …   | French

02 Oct 2009 | News story

Hawaiian hibiscus

Pacific Islands Come Together to Protect Marine Resources

Last week two of the world’s largest Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) announced a historic alliance to enhance the management and protection of almost 300,000 square miles of marine habitat in the Pacific Ocean.   …  

28 Sep 2009 | News story