Marine and Polar

The ocean covers 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.
 

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    Ocean Warming Report

    Explaining Ocean Warming: Causes, scale, effects and consequences was released to the world’s media in September 2016 at the IUCN Congress in Hawaii.  This 460-page publication offers a comprehensive and up-to-date look at the effects of ocean warming from the perspective of major ecosystems and species groups.  Drawing on the work of over 80 scientists from 12 countries, it sets out the likely nature and scale of changes to come and also looks at the probable economic consequences ocean warming poses as well as associated risks to human health and well-being.

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    Embark on a new expedition at sea!

     

    The Walters Shoal expedition is taking place between 23 April and 18 May on board the research vessel Marion Dufresne of the French Polar Institute IPEV. This expedition is a key stage of IUCN FFEM-financed on-going project on high seas conservation. The scientific partners of the project, the French Natural History Museum and the French Research Institute for Development, will explore the Walters shoal - a unique place in the high seas, 700km south of Madagascar.

     

Latest news

  • Stoloteuthis squid

    IUCN expedition to explore life on undersea mountains

    21.04.2017

    A scientific expedition to explore life on undersea mountains – or seamounts – in the high seas south of Madagascar is setting out from Reunion Island on April 23rd. The three-week-long expedition aboard the French Polar Institute’s research vessel...

  • Mangroves in Cambodia

    What are mangroves worth? There’s no easy answer

    12.04.2017

    Our existence depends on flows of goods and services delivered by a stock of natural resources – our ‘natural’ capital. But as we have degraded the planet’s ecosystems, we’ve lost huge stocks of this natural capital and we are starting to feel the pinch.

  • Polar bears

    IUCN World Heritage report stresses urgency of protecting the Arctic from ships and oil as ice melts

    04.04.2017

    Monaco, 4 April 2017 (IUCN) – The Arctic Ocean urgently needs protection as melting sea ice is opening up previously inaccessible areas to activities such as shipping, bottom trawl fishing and oil exploration, according to a scientific report launched today...

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