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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

 

À travers le monde, les reporters et les photographes de Terre sauvage racontent comment on tente de sauver l’antilope saïga au Kazakhstan, le palissandre du Siam en Thaïlande, ou les vautours un peu partout

La Liste Rouge des espèces menacèes a 50 ans, un numéro spécial de Terre Sauvage célèbre cet anniversaire

Aujourd’hui, une espèce de mammifère sur quatre est menacée d’extinction au niveau mondial. C’est également le cas pour un oiseau sur huit, plus d’un amphibien sur trois, un tiers des requins et des coraux constructeurs de récifs, et plus d’une espèce de conifères sur trois. …  

11 Dec 2014 | News story

Terre Sauvage

Helping celebrate more than 50 years of IUCN’s contribution to wildlife conservation with a magazine and free digital app

To help celebrate more than 50 years of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) work protecting our global natural heritage, Terre Sauvage has published a special edition of their renowned wildlife magazine. …  

11 Dec 2014 | News story

Adult Antarctic Krill

Underestimating the ocean: new evidence from IUCN highlights the carbon-regulating capacity of the ocean

Gland, Switzerland, 9 December 2014 – Protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and conserving fish and krill stocks are critical for tackling climate change. This is one of the findings of a report released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in which top marine scientists describe how atmospheric carbon is captured, stored and moves in the ocean. …   | Dutch

09 Dec 2014 | International news release