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  • plastic and other debris washed onto a beach in Thailand Plastic and other debris washed onto a beach in Sirinat National Park, Thailand Photo: IUCN/Lea Dubois

    Earth Day 2018: To end plastic pollution, we need to understand the problem


    Plastic provides many benefits to society and used for a wide variety of applications. But it comes at a cost to the marine environment and human health. To initiate change, we need to understand the magnitude of the problem and ways to address plastic...

  • people standing in ankle high water near shore with tools and soil Photo: © D. Wodehouse

    The 'ground rules' for successful restoration: Mangrove sediments


    Once thriving, mangroves contribute to building the soil they grow on. Loose sediments are swept into mangroves with the tides and river currents, where they are trapped and supplemented with organic matter to form stable soils – a vital foundation.

  • Mangrove workshop group photo Mangrove workshop group photo Photo: Julika Tribukait/WWF

    Western Indian Ocean and Asia regional experts identify gaps in mangrove conservation best practices in a scoping workshop


    Under the umbrella of the Save Our Mangroves Now! (SOMN!) initiative, IUCN and WWF German co-organised a scoping workshop on best practices in mangrove conservation. The workshop brought together participants from government ministries and agencies as well as...

  • Abalone culture in Chile Abalone culture in Chile Photo: © IUCN / Imène Meliane

    Latin American and Caribbean countries threatened by rising ocean acidity, experts warn


    Latin American and Caribbean countries are at the forefront of the first effects of ocean acidification on people’s lives, according to experts who gathered in Santa Marta, Colombia to address the threat of acidification to the region at an event co-organised...

  • Brazil is changing marine conservation history in the South Atlantic Photo: ICMBio

    Brazil increases marine protection to over 25%


    By Cláudio C. Maretti, Chico Mendes Institute (ICMBio) Brazil is advancing consistently in its marine nature conservation and natural resources sustainable use strategy, as the Brazilian President announces it will protect over 920,000 km2, including...

  • Arquipélago de São Pedro e São Paulo  Photo: Canindé Soares

    Brazil on the verge of changing marine conservation history in the South Atlantic


    Brazil is on the verge of changing marine conservation history in the South Atlantic. After lagging behind other developing countries in Marine Protected Area coverage, with only 1.5% of its jurisdictional waters under some sort of protection, the Brazilian...

  • Plastics on the shore of Naxos, Greece Photo: IUCN\Lea Dubois

    New tool to help companies fight plastic pollution


    An online tool which helps companies measure their plastic footprint, developed by the social enterprise Searious Business and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, was launched today at the Ocean Plastics Crisis Summit in London, UK.

  • Photo: Pablo Arturo Lopez Guijosa

    Marine Protected Areas: global standards for success


    IUCN recently compiled these standards for success for MPAs and has consulted on the content. The closing date for that was the 4 March 2018. We will shortly update the draft versions on this page with the final text.When this happens we will let everyone...

  • The Beluga sturgeon and the Caspian salmon are on the brink of extinction, and will be protected by the creation of the new Marine Protected Area in Azerbaijan Photo: Rory Moore

    Azerbaijan to create the first Marine Protected Area in the Caspian Sea


    Azerbaijan is upgrading and expanding the Gizilaghaj State Reserve to become a National Park and will include the first Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Caspian Sea, the largest inland body of water on the planet. The new MPA will seek to...

  • Photo: Brian Merrill

    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...


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