Marine and Polar

World Oceans Day

Inspiring action to protect our ocean

On June 8th, people in communities around the globe will celebrate World Oceans Day! …  

23 May 2014 | News story

Kayangel Atoll, Palau

Celebrate the unique and wonderful nature of the world’s islands

IUCN joins its member organizations and partners around the world in celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity, advocating the role of islands in addressing pressing global issues through ingenuity, innovation and use of traditional knowledge. …   | French

22 May 2014 | News story

11A-05-069, Karen Allen, EWT, SOS, Save our species, Sauvons nos espèces

Nouvelles perspectives pour les dugongs du parc national de l’archipel Bazaruto

Souvent, nos relations émotionnelles avec des sites magnifiques et des espèces étonnantes relèvent d’une question de perspective. En quête de nouveaux angles de prise de vue avec son appareil photo, la bénéficiaire d’une subvention de SOS et membre de l’UICN, Karen Allen, de l’Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), révèle la beauté du parc national de l’archipel Bazaruto au Mozambique où vit la plus vaste population de dugongs dans l’ouest de l’océan Indien.   …  

21 May 2014 | News story

SOS - Save Our Species, EWT, Dugong, Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, 11A-05-069

New angles on Bazaruto Archipelago National Park's Dugongs

Often our emotional connections to beautiful places and amazing species are about perspective. Finding new angles with her camera, SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) Karen Allen reveals the beauty of Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique – home to the largest viable population of dugongs in the western Indian Ocean.   …  

21 May 2014 | News story

scalloped_hammerhead, sphyrna lewini, simon rogerson

Oceana requests Undersecretary of Fisheries measures to prevent shark bycatch in Chilean oceans

SOS Grantee and international marine conservation organization, Oceana, made big news for shark conservation in Chile at the end of April 2014. Calling on the Chilean government to protect its sharks, Oceana hit the nation's television screens with a 3 minute feature on TVN's 24 horas news programme. Speaking to camera Oceana's Executive Director, Alex Muñoz reached an estimated audience of 2 million viewers explaining the impacts of practices such as over-fishing and shark finning. …  

05 May 2014 | News story

A killer whale breaches with Mt Baker in the background

Bikers to raise awareness on plight of orcas in captivity

On June 14, 2014, IUCN’s Headquarters in Gland will be the starting point of one of the more unexpected and unusual awareness-raising stunts: “Bikers for Orcas”. Set up to call into question the use of orcas in amusement parks, as part of a simultaneous worldwide event entitled “The Ultimate Ride to Freedom”, the ride will focus attention on 2 wild-born captured orcas still in captivity and will call for their release. …  

05 May 2014 | News story

Progress in New York on the High Seas

Progress in New York on the High Seas

The seventh meeting of the UN Working Group on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) was widely recognized as being by far the most productive yet. …  

30 Apr 2014 | News story

Coral Sea MPA Map

The Government of New Caledonia creates a big MPA in the Coral Sea– le parc naturel de la mer de Corail (nature park of the Coral Sea)

During its 23 April meeting, the government of New Caledonia adopted a decree to create le parc naturel de la mer de Corail. As stated by the president, Harold Martin, New Caledonia is adopting an integrated policy towards management of marine areas that are under its shared responsibility with the French Government. …  

23 Apr 2014 | News story

Left to Right: Teina Etches (National Council of Women), Maria Henderson  (Parekura (president) of Kouto Nui), and Ana Tiraa (Climate Change Office, IUCN Councillor)

Progress for Cook Islands Marine Park

In its strides to establish the Cook Islands Marine Park, or the Marae Moana, key stakeholders met last month to discuss findings of a legal analysis facilitated by IUCN Oceania. …  

15 Apr 2014 | News story

Deforestation and land degradation in Tsorona, Eritrea

Nominate experts for the work of IPBES

On 2 April 2014, IPBES issued the second call for nominations of experts through IPBES member governments and other relevant stakeholders to help implementing its first work programme 2014-2018. It is highly relevant to the experts within the IUCN's network, especially in the light of the Resolutions from the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress on IPBES itself, and on IUCN’s role in the Platform. …   | French | Spanish

11 Apr 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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