Issues Briefs

IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues central to IUCN’s work. They are aimed at policy-makers, journalists or anyone looking for an accessible overview of the often complex issues related to nature conservation and sustainable development.

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November 2018

Abstract

One in five (23%) sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List are natural sites, most often protected areas such as national parks or nature reserves. Natural World Heritage sites are globally recognised...

Themes: Protected Areas, World Heritage

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July 2018

Abstract

Deep-sea mining is the process of retrieving mineral deposits from the deep sea – the area of the ocean below 200 m which covers about 65% of the Earth’s surface.  There is growing interest...

Themes: Business, Marine

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July 2018

Abstract

Alien or non-native species are animals, plants or other organisms introduced by humans, either intentionally or accidentally, into areas outside their natural range. Some of these species become...

Themes: Global Policy, SDGs, SDGs, Species, Invasive species

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November 2017

Abstract

Over the past few decades globalisation has increased the movement of people and goods around the world, leading to a rise in the number of species introduced to areas outside their natural ranges. A...

Themes: Climate Change, Species, Invasive species

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July 2018

Abstract

Alien or non-native species are animals, plants or other organisms introduced by humans, either intentionally or accidentally, into areas outside their natural range. Some of these species become...

Themes: Global Policy, SDGs, SDGs, Species, Invasive species

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November 2015

Abstract

Soil is the biggest terrestrial carbon sink. The world’s soils store more carbon than the planet’s biomass and atmosphere combined. This includes soil organic carbon, which is essentially...

Themes: Climate Change, Ecosystems, Drylands

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May 2018

Abstract

Plastic is a synthetic organic polymer made from petroleum with properties ideally suited for a wide variety of applications, including packaging, building and construction, household and sports...

Themes: Marine, Ocean Governance

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November 2017

Abstract

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – areas of the ocean set aside for long-term conservation aims – are the only mainstream conservation-focussed, area-based measure to increase the quality and extent of...

Themes: Climate Change, Marine, Protected Areas, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

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November 2018

Abstract

One in five (23%) sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List are natural sites, most often protected areas such as national parks or nature reserves. Natural World Heritage sites are globally recognised...

Themes: Protected Areas, World Heritage

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November 2017

Abstract

According to the Emergency Events Database, in the last ten years, over 730,000 people have lost their lives, over 1.9 million have been injured, and around 15 million have been made homeless as a...

Themes: Climate Change, Ecosystems, Disaster Risk Reduction

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November 2017

Abstract

Ocean acidification is a direct consequence of increased human-induced carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere. The oceans absorb over 25% of all anthropogenic emissions from the...

Themes: Climate Change, Marine

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November 2017

Abstract

The ocean absorbs vast quantities of heat as a result of increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, mainly from fossil fuel consumption. The Fifth Assessment Report published by...

Themes: Climate Change, Marine

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