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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Mr Tua Pittman of the Cook Islands Voyaging Society speaking at the launch of the Marumaru Atua - the start of the 'Mua: Guided by Nature' voyage to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Destination Sydney: Mua voyage launches from Cook Islands with message on people, oceans and climate change

The Marumaru Atua has set sail from Rarotonga, Cook Islands, the first of four Pacific voyaging canoes that will sail to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, conveying the message to the world about Our People, Our Islands, Our Ocean, Our Future. …  

25 Sep 2014 | News story

Gray whale breaching

Landmark cooperation for conservation of Critically Endangered western Gray Whale

Representatives of the Russian Federation, USA and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement IUCN’s range-wide Western Gray Whale Conservation Plan. …  

24 Sep 2014 | News story

Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola) in Nusa Penida MPA, Bali, Indonesia

IUCN supports Global Ocean Commission petition for a new agreement on high seas protection: less than a week to go

On 21 September, the Global Ocean Commission will deliver a petition to United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The document calls for a new international agreement (under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) to secure conservation and sustainable use of high seas resources. …  

16 Sep 2014 | News story