From Problems to Solutions


The destruction we are inflicting on the oceans is shocking – but there is hope as countries step up to reverse the decline, writes IUCN’s Dorothee Herr from the UN Ocean Conference which closes in New York today. The corridors are full; side-event rooms not big ...

Room for (Blue) Growth?


This week government representatives and a range of other stakeholders will be meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the Ocean Conference, coinciding with World Oceans Day on June 8.This is a crucial opportunity to assess progress and develop sha...

Ocean Secrets


The ocean has a secret.I am very lucky to work in the field of ocean health. I grew up in a coastal English village, and spent a lot of time looking at the sea, wondering at its secrets. Now I’m working to preserve them.The ocean, as we know, is critical to all oxy...

Blue Carbon Code of Conduct


Why have we asked partners to submit a Blue Carbon Code of conduct to the UN Oceans Conference?This is a non-binding Voluntary Commitment, essentially a pledge to support the development of fair, socially just and accountable blue carbon projects. Our code comes from...

Help from Kelp


Kelps are large brown macroalgae which can grow extremely fast, with reported growth rates of up to half a metre a day. They develop dense forests, ultimately reaching 30 to 80 meters high, throughout temperate and polar oceans worldwide and provide numerous benefits...

Dugong & Seagrass Research Toolkit


The Third Meeting of Signatories (MOS3) to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MOU) met on March 13-14 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It was the largest international gat...

Ecosystem Services of Blue Forests


The nine sites of the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF’s) Blue Forests Project focus on coastal ecosystems, including mangroves, seagrass beds and salt marshes. They provide a wide range of ecosystem services ranging from coastal protection and fish habitat to ...

The Ocean as the New Frontier of Climate Action


The Paris Agreement has set a new direction and road map for the world. Governments adopted this historical agreement and presented Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) that describe their plans and actions towards a cleaner development path, and a more climate...

A Global Map of Saltmarshes


Saltmarshes are extremely valuable but often overlooked blue forest ecosystems. They contribute to livelihoods locally and globally, through the associated ecosystem services they provide; including fish production, carbon storage and coastal protection. Despite thei...

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