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Global Marine and Polar Programme

IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme (GMPP) pioneers pragmatic solutions for marine environmental challenges. The Programme highlights science and technology for the sustainable management and conservation of marine ecosystems and resources. It connects scientists and conservationists with decision-makers in governments and with private and public sector partners across its extensive network to develop policy, laws, and best practices.

GMPP staff based in the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office focuses its work, in collaboration with Commission Members, Members and partner organizations throughout the world, on climate change mitigation and adaptation, marine protected areas (MPA), ocean governance, fisheries management issues, UN oceans debates as well as Arctic and Antarctic marine conservation. GMPP also moderates the Washington D.C. Marine Community (DCMC) - a platform for discussion and sharing of marine conservation issues.

GMPP provides scientific information on the impact of climate change on the marine environment, offers policy recommendations amongst other on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) to international processes such as the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and is currently exploring the role and potential of natural coastal ecosystems as carbon sinks for climate change mitigation.

GMPP participates in a number of policy meetings on behalf of IUCN, advising governments and fisheries agencies amongst other on fisheries management issues. Meetings including those of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Committee on Fisheries, U.N. United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS) and meetings on the U.N Fish Stocks Agreement.

On the MPA front, GMPP works closely with the World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA) – Marine in developing MPA management best practice and providing guidance for site managers around the world. GMPP additionally acts as a scientific advisory body in developing marine world heritage sites.

GMPP is providing independent scientific advice and recommendations to various Antarctic fora with respect to adequate protection of the intrinsic values of these ecosystems and biodiversity as well as non-material wilderness. GMPP works towards the establishment by 2012 of a comprehensive and representative network of marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean.
 

Marine and Polar News

 

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