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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Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) in Nusa Penida MPA, Bali, Indonesia

IUCN supports Global Ocean Commission petition for a new agreement on high seas protection: less than a week to go

On 21 September, the Global Ocean Commission will deliver a petition to United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The document calls for a new international agreement (under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) to secure conservation and sustainable use of high seas resources. …  

16 Sep 2014 | News story

Kesaia Tabunakawai of WWF and Taholo Kami of IUCN signing the memorandum of understanding between the two organizations

Global conservation organizations to partner together in the Pacific

Two of the world’s largest conservation organizations, IUCN and WWF, have agreed to formalize the collaboration of their efforts in the Pacific Islands to help the region achieve sustainable development and resource management. …  

12 Sep 2014 | News story

Taholo Kami of IUCN and David Sheppard of SPREP after signing the memorandum of understanding between the two organizations

Partnership between major environmental organizations in the Pacific

Two of the largest environmental organizations in the Pacific Islands region have renewed their agreement to enhance collaboration in key areas, after the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and IUCN Oceania signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last week. …  

12 Sep 2014 | News story