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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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

Tales of Water, a Child's View. Tanzania 2005.

Valuing natural capital key to tackling climate change – says IUCN

Edinburgh, UK, 23 November 2015 -- IUCN Director General Inger Andersen highlighted the vital role of natural capital in addressing climate change in a keynote speech at the World Forum on Natural Capital, which opened today in Edinburgh, UK. …  

23 Nov 2015 | Article

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)

New assessment highlights climate change as most serious threat to polar bear survival - IUCN Red List

A global re-assessment of polar bears highlights loss of sea ice habitat due to climate warming as the single most important threat to the long-term survival of the species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

19 Nov 2015 | International news release