Rock Islands Southern Lagoon Joins World Heritage Family

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon in Palau has been inscribed on the World Heritage list, making it the 46th marine site. As Palau's first World Heritage site, it's being recognized for its exceptional ecological diversity, coral reefs, lagoon and limestone islands and marine lakes. It covers 100,200 hectare and has 445 uninhabited limestone islands of volcanic origin. The site boasts a complex reef system featuring over 385 coral species and different types of habitat. They sustain a large diversity of plants, birds and marine life including dugong and at least 13 shark species.


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Rock Islands Southern Lagoon Joins World Heritage Family

Site of the Month: Aldabra Atoll Site Install Solar Panels

Event of the Month: IUCN World Conservation Congress

French Marine Protected Area Agency Partners with Marine World Heritage

Marine Sites Honored at 36th World Heritage Committee


The World Heritage Paper Series N°32: "Assessing Marine World Heritage from an Ecosystem Perspective"



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Aldabra Atoll Site Installs Solar Panels

How did one of the most remote and inaccessible islands in the world attain sustainable energy for its community? It's the result of a four-year, €500,000 project undertaken by the Seychelles Islands Foundation, with support from the Indian Ocean Commission, the Finnish Fund for Local Cooperation of the Finnish Embassy in Kenya and the Mauritius Commercial Bank. Essential local logistical support was also received from the Islands Development Company and Hunt, Deltel & Co.

Since installed, 90% of Aldabra‘s electricity needs have been met. Manufactured in Europe, the photovoltaic modules of the solar generators are rated at 25 kWp, expected to produce 38,000 kWh of electricity per year and has a lifespan of 20 years. It fully supports the research station, including air-conditioning, a scientific laboratory, and freezing facilities, plus 12 staff houses.




IUCN World
Conservation Congress

The IUCN World Conservation Congress, Jeju, Republic of Korea, turned the spotlight on World Heritage. Leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and social organizations discussed, debated and decided on the world's most pressing environment and development issues. The World Heritage Marine Programme organized two special events called "Protecting The Crown Jewels of the Ocean." The events demonstrated how to take advantage of World Heritage status to improve conservation.

Thank you to Aulani Wilhelm (Papahanaumokuakea), Jens Enemark (Wadden Sea) and Stanislas Teillaud (Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary), and Tukabu Teroroko (Phoenix Islands) for representing the Crown Jewels of the Ocean at this major venue.



French Marine Protected Area Agency Partners with Marine World Heritage

The World Heritage Centre and the French Marine Protected Area Agency (AAMP) have informally been working together over the past three years. This past July, this partnership was solidified with a Memorandum of Understanding, expanding the collaboration. As a result, AAMP will host the World Heritage's 2nd Global Marine World Heritage Site Managers Conference in Scandola, France in October 2013. Also, spring 2013, in New Caledonia, they will host a meeting to help strengthen the conservation of marine World Heritage sites in the Pacific.



Marine Sites Honored at 36th
World Heritage Committee

Marine sites received special attention at the 36th World Heritage Committee through a special event dedicated to the Crown Jewels of the Ocean. More than 300 committee members attended the event and brought attention to the 46 marine sites on the World Heritage List. The event was organized with the generous support of the Government of Flanders. In honor of this event, a publication was released entitled "World Heritage Marine: Toward a credible, representative and balanced World Heritage List". It illustrates how an internationally recognized and science-based bio-classification system could allow more systematic and effective guidance toward new nominations in ocean areas.




Assessing Marine World Heritage
from an Ecosystem Perspective

This recent publication summarizes a comparative regional assessment of the Western Indian Ocean's potential new marine sites. Currently there are only two marine sites in the Indian Ocean— iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa, (1999), and Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles (1982). This paper explains a more scientific approach to identifying marine sites and concludes that the Mozambique Channel and the Mascarene Plateau both show the opportunity for future World Heritage designations. With this new focused strategy, the goal is to better represent the Western Indian Ocean and its exceptional marine features.




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