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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Ainsi, la ZMPV participe en droit de la Mer à la protection d'un site dont la conservation mobilise des outils juridiques de nature variée.

The Pelagos sanctuary deserves more

Mediterranean associations call on French, Italian governments and the Principality of Monaco "the Pelagos sanctuary deserves more" An appeal on behalf of the Mediterranean’s most extensive protected area, covering 4% of the entire basin and home to the fin whale, the sperm whale and dolphins,the Pelagos sanctuary.   …   | French | Spanish

24 Mar 2015 | News story

Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

Great British win: world's largest marine reserve to be established around Pitcairn Islands

IUCN joins other leading conservation groups in congratulating the British Government for its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory (OT) in the South Pacific.  

19 Mar 2015 | News story

The Race For Water Odyssey to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution in the ocean set off from Bordeaux, France.

Race against oceans of plastic

A unique sailing expedition to create the first ever inventory of plastic pollution across the most polluted ocean areas set off yesterday from Bordeaux, France. …  

16 Mar 2015 | News story