Marine and Polar

Vaquita

International Day of the Vaquita

The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is a large and extremely rich body of water that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. Spreading over more than 1,130km of coast and reaching a surface area of 160,000km2, the Gulf of California is listed as one of the 66 Large Marine Ecosystems of the world. Its unique location accounts for some of the most astonishing landscapes on Earth, where blue lagoons meet the desert sand. …  

10 Jul 2014 | News story

2013A-058, Manta Ray, Wildaid, SOS Save Our Species, Shawn Heinrichs

SOS Marine: WildAid Launches Campaign to Reduce Consumption of Manta Ray Gills in China

Influencing consumer behaviour toward protecting a species such as the iconic Manta Ray is a nuanced and lengthy process gaining awareness, changing attitudes and finally changing actions. It is work that SOS Grantee WildAid, has been doing for some time using a toolkit including celebrity ambassadors, social media, television and billboard advertising to win hearts and minds. First and key, however, is up to date market information: in this case the manta gill plate consumer market of Guangzhou, China – where 99% of the world’s consumption occurs.   …  

09 Jul 2014 | News story

Uto Ni Yalo

Fijian voyaging flagship, Uto Ni Yalo, to sail to IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

A memorandum of understanding signed between IUCN Oceania and the Uto Ni Yalo Trust sets the course for the Uto Ni Yalo to sail to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. This significant voyage will convey regional messages about the critical need to respect and protect important natural places. It continues the Pacific Voyage: ‘one Pacific voice’ campaign, originally initiated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. …   | French

03 Jul 2014 | News story

Rainbow parrotfish grazing in the Caribbean

From despair to repair: Dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed

With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). …  

02 Jul 2014 | News story

12A_29_34, WCS, Illegal trawler greeted at anchorage, SOS Save Our Species

Enforcement paying off for the Atlantic humpback dolphin of Western Africa

Like many threatened species, the Vulnerable Atlantic humpback dolphin (Sousa teuszii) is under pressure from anthropogenic activities. Industrial and commercial scale fishing forces locally-based artisanal fishers to within 200 metres of the beach – using their nets in critical habitat for this poorly understood marine mammal. In a recent field report SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reports on the impact of routine and frequent surveillance patrols in the waters of Conkouati-Douli National Park (CDNP), in the Republic of Congo – one of two project sites- to deter and intercept the trawlers that are deemed the root cause of the problem.   …  

30 Jun 2014 | News story

Gorilla in Virunga National Park

IUCN welcomes emphatic ‘no’ to extractives in World Heritage

Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has sent a strong message to oil and gas and other extractive industries not to operate in World Heritage sites. The message came during discussions about World Heritage sites in Danger, including Africa’s iconic Virunga National Park, at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting taking place in Doha, Qatar. …   | French | Dutch

19 Jun 2014 | News story

Dickinson's Cypripedium (Cypripedium dickinsonianum) - Endangered

IUCN Red List raises more red flags for threatened species

Almost 80% of temperate slipper orchids and over 90% of lemurs are threatened with extinction, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The newly assessed Japanese Eel has been listed as Endangered, while the Brazilian Three-banded Armadillo – the mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup – remains Vulnerable as its population continues to decline. …   | French | Spanish | German | Dutch

12 Jun 2014 | News story

Sydney Harbour National Park

Nature's A-list to debate a sustainable future for the planet

Internationally recognized experts, politicians, CEOs, activists and indigenous leaders will be at the forefront of a series of public debates during the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 taking place this November in Sydney, Australia. …   | French

05 Jun 2014 | News story

IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations Platform

IUCN launches Resolutions and Recommendations Platform

IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations are now more accessible and easier to search than ever with the new IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations Platform. The Platform, available online in English, French and Spanish, gives an opportunity to explore IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations that have shaped the global conservation agenda and the Union’s policy on important issues over the past 65 years.
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05 Jun 2014 | News story

Staghorn Corals

New technologies making it easier to protect threatened species

Human actions are driving many species to extinction 1000 times faster than their natural rate, but a new Duke University-led study finds that emerging technologies could give scientists and policymakers a more efficient way to identify the species at greatest risk and take steps to protect them before it’s too late. …  

02 Jun 2014 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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