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  • Socotra Archipelago, Yemen Photo: IUCN / Ismail Mohammed

    IUCN advises in-danger status for Yemen’s Socotra Archipelago World Heritage site


    Uncontrolled development, unsustainable fisheries and invasive species threaten Yemen’s Socotra Archipelago, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which recommends placing the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

  • Bubble net lunge feeding by humpback whales, Alaska Bubble net lunge feeding by humpback whales, Alaska Photo: J.Hyde Wild Things Photography

    IUCN marks World Oceans Day with a Google Voyager story on humpback whales and Large Marine Ecosystems


    To mark World Oceans Day, IUCN has collaborated with Google Earth to produce a Voyager story  - a multimedia presentation embedded in Google Earth - that traces the life and habits of humpback whales as they migrate the world’s oceans and as they feed...

  • Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, World Heritage site Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System - the Blue Hole Photo: IUCN / Elena Osipova

    World Heritage in-danger: Belize reef recovers while Lake Turkana faces dam threat – IUCN


    In-danger status can be lifted from the world’s second largest coral reef, Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in charge of advising the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on natural sites....

  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 signing ceremony Photo: IUCN

    France to host IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020


    Marseille, France – The French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, today signed an agreement to jointly organise the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in 2020 in...

  • Ice and plastic interaction experiment, Manitoba, Canada Fixing the 24 pools before adding different concentrations of microplastics Photo: Joao Sousa IUCN

    Research to determine whether ocean plastics accelerate Arctic melt


    IUCN and academic partners are conducting research in the Arctic and Baltic regions to establish to what extent plastic particles accelerate ice melt in the Arctic Circle. Dark plastic particles attract sunlight, warm up and melt the ice around it. ...

  • Beach erosion, Jupiter, Florida.  Photo: William Djubin, EarthRehab

    Ocean risks a wake-up call for policymakers – IUCN report


    Southampton, Bermuda, 08 May 2018 (XL Catlin/IUCN): A new report by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, commissioned by the global (re)insurance company XL Catlin, warns of unprecedented changes occurring in the ocean and points to the...

  • Ocean plastics Photo: © RaceforWater / Christophe Launay

    Action needed to reduce toxic contamination from ocean plastics – IUCN


    The ‘plastic soup’ polluting our oceans contains toxic chemicals, which could be posing risks to marine species and humans. Changes in the ways we produce and consume plastic are urgently needed to reduce the levels of contamination caused by ocean plastics,...

  • 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 is 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...


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