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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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Climate agreement must recognise nature’s solutions – IUCN

Ahead of the UN climate conference, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature – is calling for an agreement that recognises the role of nature in reducing carbon emissions and helping nations adapt to a changing climate. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

28 Nov 2015 | International news release

High seas

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation joins marine World Heritage

IUCN, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and New York-based Natural Resource Defense Council to explore the potential for new World Heritage sites in the Arctic region. …  

27 Nov 2015 | Article

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BEST newsletter 02

The second newsletter of the EU BEST initiative is now online!  …   | French

25 Nov 2015 | Article