Ocean Governance

Phytoplankton bloom off Argentina.

Is marine geo-engineering a solution to climate change?

Climate change is destroying ecosystems and desolating communities dependent upon them. Should we now be seeking to reverse this trend through intentional large-scale manipulation of the marine environment? …  

09 Oct 2008 | News story

Dolphin, near the Azores

High seas gems in the spotlight

Today at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, a joint initiative has been launched to highlight special places in the least protected place on Earth: the high seas. The centerpiece of which is a brochure showcasing 10 “gems” of the high seas. …  

09 Oct 2008 | International news release

Manta Ray

IUCN President Valli Moosa to launch 10 principles to save the high seas

IUCN’s President, Valli Moosa, will this Tuesday launch 10 Principles for modern high seas governance and challenge international experts to find new ways to implement them. The 10 Principles reflect fundamental principles that nations have agreed to in various treaties and declarations but have largely failed to implement on the nearly 50% of the planet that lies beyond individual nation’s jurisdiction. …  

05 Oct 2008 | News story

Open seas near the Seychelles

“10 Principles” for improving governance of the high seas – have your say!

The Forum of the World Conservation Congress will host what promises to be an exciting and challenging debate on how to overcome barriers to effective governance of half the surface of our planet: the high seas. …  

15 Sep 2008 | News story

Gatokai Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Marine miracles at Convention on Biological Diversity

The move to create a network of marine protected areas that spans the entire globe took a huge step forward at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which ended last week in Bonn. …  

03 Jun 2008 | News story

seaweed

Too little motion on the ocean at CBD, says IUCN

Bonn, Germany, May 27, 2008 (IUCN) – The need for action and better management of the world’s oceans has never been more pressing, says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).    …  

27 May 2008 | News story

Bigeye tuna (thunnus obesus).

IUCN, NGOs, fishery managers and tuna industry groups plot way forward for sustainable tuna

The report from the Tuna Roundtable co-hosted by IUCN in Brussels in April 2008 calls for greater collaboration between different interest groups and industry players to move towards adoption of legally-binding measures to fish tuna sustainably, a common set of standard to assess industry performance and harmonised certification programmes for marine capture fisheries. …  

20 May 2008 | News story

brain coral (lobophyllia)

Une nouvelle loi Mer pour la France !

A la veille du Grenelle de l’environnement et du premier colloque national sur les aires marines protégées, le Comité français de l’UICN publie un nouveau rapport indiquant que l’heure est venue pour l’Etat français d’adopter une loi Mer. Avec le deuxième domaine maritime au monde, la France a d’importantes responsabilités pour la préservation de la biodiversité marine mais sa législation peine à y répondre en étant trop sectorielle et complexe, sans vision d’ensemble pour sa protection.
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23 Oct 2007 | News story

Fish Harvest

Second Global Conference on Large Marine Ecosystems hails progress towards transboundary fisheries management in Africa

Two African Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) projects, part of the global LME movement supported by the Global Environment Facility and a host of international organisations, including IUCN, are the first to have successfully established innovative, ministerial level, ecosystem-based Commissions to oversee the recovery, development and sustainability of their goods and services. …  

17 Sep 2007 | News story

Economic Valuation workshop participants,Cape Town

IUCN host workshop on Economic Valuation of LMEs at GEF International Waters Conference

Economic Valuation (EV) is a practical tool that can be used within a business approach to ecosystem management. It can be applied in a multitude of different ways but is commonly used to assess potential benefits and costs, and to identify potential stakeholders and threats. At the end of July 2007, IUCN offered participants at the GEF Fourth Biennial International Waters Conference the chance to attend a workshop to learn more about this tool applied in the context of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs). …  

06 Sep 2007 | News story