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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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Group discussion at a community workshop in Boeung Kachang Village

Thailand and Cambodia come together to strengthen local dolphin conservation networks

In Trat Province, Thailand, strong community networks have been established in recent years in response to the alarming number of stranded Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) and other dolphin species in the area. These local networks are critical to support Thailand’s efforts to conserve the culturally and ecologically important species. On the other side of the border, in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia, the number of stranded dolphins, although lower, is also increasing, and efforts are being undertaken to share experiences from Thailand in engaging local communities to become the guardians of dolphins and related ecosystems. …  

15 Sep 2015 | Article

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Launch of call for proposals for conservation projects in Europe’s overseas territories

Important sustainable development and biodiversity conservation projects in Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) in the Polar/Subpolar, South Atlantic, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions are now able to seek funding. …   | French

14 Sep 2015 | Article

Cousteau Divers Hermes Project

Cousteau Divers' Hermes Project - Let's hack the Ocean !

Please support Cousteau Divers' Hermes project by signing up for the Thunderclap scheduled at 16:00 (UTC+2) on September 2nd here: http://bit.ly/1IdNEGW 

02 Sep 2015 | Article