Marine Protected Areas

NOAA

Governments unite to conserve iconic Sargasso Sea

Governments of Bermuda, the Azores, Monaco, United Kingdom and the United States have signed a declaration committing to the conservation of the Sargasso Sea – a vast patch of mid-Atlantic Ocean known for its unique floating seaweeds that harbour rich biodiversity. This is the first time an international alliance has been formed to protect this unique haven of marine life. …  

12 Mar 2014 | International news release

Participants at the workshop

Workshop puts focus on MPAs in Caribbean EU Overseas territories

MPA managers from across EU Overseas entities and other countries in the Caribbean region have attended a workshop held in St. Martin on the topic of building marine ecosystem resilience through the use of MPA networks. The event has been hailed a great success with stakeholders using the platform to share best practices and where they also discussed a regional approach to support actions on the ground.  

05 Dec 2013 | Article
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IMPAC 3 programme

IMPAC 3: The Programme is now online !

The Third International Marine Protected Areas Congress due to take place from 21 to 27 October in Marseille and Corsica, is now approaching. Publishing the programme on www.impac3.org is a new milestone towards the Congress, paving the way for registrations (discount applicable until 20 August). …  

24 Sep 2013 | Article

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Call for Island Bright Spot recommendations

Ahead of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress, IUCN and the Global Island Partnership are calling for Island Bright Spot recommendations - projects, programs, policies or initiatives at any level that are making a difference in advancing conservation and sustainable livelihoods for islands across the world. 

10 Jul 2013 | Article
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Sargassum habitat

The Convention on Biological Diversity brings focus to the remote ocean

Last week the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India (8-19 October) took an important step for the global ocean commons, the largest habitat for life on Earth. The 193 Parties to the Convention agreed to send key scientific information to the United Nations describing specific places of “ecological or biological significance” in the open ocean and deep sea, including the high seas and seabed Area beyond national jurisdiction. …  

19 Oct 2012 | Article

Lagoon fisherman, Barren Isles archipelago, Mozambique Channel

Kayaks to Korea - community leaders share local marine management expertise on a global stage

Today, local leaders from around the globe showcased innovative, community-based marine management techniques at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. These pioneers lead Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMA) in all corners of the world and hail from countries such as Fiji, Kenya, Madagascar, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Colombia and India. …   | French | Spanish

10 Sep 2012 | Article
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Boats in Sa'anapu marine protected area, Samoa

When is a Marine Protected Area really a Marine Protected Area

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 8 September 2012 (IUCN) – As concern increases on the state of natural resources and the degradation of the world’s oceans, it is critical to be clear on how countries are progressing with conservation actions for the environment. New guidance issued today on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) will significantly improve ocean protection efforts. …   | French | Spanish

08 Sep 2012 | International news release

Marine World Heritage app for I-Phone

Launch of Marine World Heritage App will bring marine crown jewels a lot closer

In celebration of World Oceans Day, the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre are launching a new iPhone application. This year’s Oceans Day theme “Youth: the Next Wave for Change” inspired the development of the mobile application, which will act as a window on marine world heritage sites around the world. …  

08 Jun 2012 | News story

CEPIA Bulletin

Aires Marines Protégées et gestion des pêches : un point sur la 1ère année du projet CEPIA

Un bulletin d’information sur la 1ère année de mise en œuvre de certaines composantes du projet CSRP « Appui aux initiatives de cogestion et à l’intégration des AMP dans la gestion des pêches » vient d’être édité. Mise en œuvre par l’UICN-MACO et ses partenaires nationaux (centres de recherche halieutique et gestionnaires d’AMP) en Guinée, Mauritanie, Sénégal et Guinée Bissau et baptisée CEPIA (Construire ensemble une gestion des Pêches intégrant les AMP), cette initiative vise à développer des outils de compréhension et d’évaluation de l’impact des AMP sur la pêches. …  

05 Jan 2012 | News story
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A manta ray blots out the sun in the sea off Raja Ampat Island, Indonesia

Draft Guidelines for applying the IUCN Protected Area Management Categories to Marine Protected Areas open for review

IUCN has developed Draft Guidelines for applying the IUCN Protected Area Management Categories to Marine Protected Areas and has opened a participatory review process. …  

15 Dec 2011 | News story

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