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  • EU Plastics Strategy positive but requires implementation


    IUCN welcomes the EU Plastics Strategy launched today, encourages all public and private actors to ensure its swift and adequate implementation, and looks forward to the European Union continuing to lead global action to tackle the marine plastic litter...

  • The BEST Future

    Taking BEST into the Future


    Are you aware of these amazing facts? The EU’s Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) include 34 political entities which: (1) cover a total land area equivalent to the EU (2) cover the largest marine territory in the world (...

  • Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas: Guidelines for Design and Management


    The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and Big Ocean are proud to announce the latest addition in the IUCN WCPA Best Practice Protected Areas Guidelines Series: Large-Scale Marine Protected Areas: Guidelines for Design and Management.

  • people with asian bamboo has in flat sand with rows of mangrove saplings

    How mangroves got their roots back in East Java – a story from MFF


    Along the coast of East Java, Indonesia, Mangroves for the Future has planted more than 74,000 mangrove saplings to support the sustainable livelihoods of coastal communities. To learn how, follow the story of Rustima, a local kiosk owner and project...

  • Dan continues to SCUBA dive to explore and be inspired by the ocean

    Dan Laffoley : IUCN’s Neptune


    Dan is a well respected leading global expert on ocean conservation. At IUCN, he is the Principal Advisor for Marine Science and Conservation with the Global Marine and Polar Programme, and has been the Marine Vice Chair for the IUCN World...

  • Manta Ray

    Mexico's largest Marine Protected Area: Revillagigedo, the Mexican Galápagos


    On 24 November 2017, Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, signed a decree creating Mexico's largest marine reserve to date, covering 150,000 square kilometres around the Revillagigedo Archipelago, a volcanic archipelago 240 miles southwest of the...

  • Socotra Archipelago, Yemen

    Number of natural World Heritage sites affected by climate change nearly doubles in three years – IUCN


    Bonn, Germany, 13 November, 2017 (IUCN) – The number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has grown from 35 to 62 in just three years, with climate change being the fastest growing threat they face, according to a report released today...

  • From Locally Managed Marine Areas to Indigenous and Community Conserved Oceans


    CEESP News - by Hugh Govan, Adviser, LMMA Network and Adjunct Senior Fellow, University of the South Pacific (USP), School of Government, Development & International, Affairs (SGDIA) The spirit and practice demonstrated by communities in local...

  • Partnerships for integrated monitoring of coastal ecosystems in the Caribbean


    CEESP News - by Maria Pena, Patrick McConney, Sherry Constantine and Lucie Labbouz Integration of socio-economic data into monitoring of coastal ecosystems, particularly coral reefs, is a relatively recent phenomenon under development in the Caribbean...

  • IMPAC4: bringing people and the ocean together


    The Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in Chile brought together more than 1,000 participants from 80 countries around the world. The congress theme was “Marine Protected Areas: Bringing people and the...


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