Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve: Eco-Tourism with Conservation Benefits
Development of local eco-tourism has become a key focus for Wrangel Island. In 2012, the Russian government invested about US $1.5 million for the development of local eco-tourism in the island. But for the first time, Wrangel Island will see a full-fledged clean up. Today, the Wrangel Island is scattered with barrels from earlier times that were used to store oil and gas for fuel. Only a fraction of these have been removed and more than 100,000 barrels remain. As part of the eco-tourism initiative, the entire reserve will now be cleaned from the waste of these products to allow the beautiful landscape of the island to flourish undisturbed by this pollution.

Since Wrangel Island is very difficult and expensive to reach, short expeditions are organized for visitors. Visitors stay for two nights at the guesthouses and are shown the beautiful aspects of the island that cannot be seen from the ships on which they arrive. Visitors can observe the fauna of the island, often spotting a polar bear or musk ox 25-30 meters away without disturbing it in its natural habitat. All-Terrain Vehicles transport visitors with low-pressure tires that do not damage the tundra. This eco-tourism initiative is a key to the long-term conservation of this exceptional Arctic "Jewel in the Crown".

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Site of the Month: Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve
Event of the Month: Marine Sites Honored at the UNESCO High Level Event
In Focus: The Great Barrier Reef Youth Engagement Programme: A Model for Others
Did You Know?: Experts in Marine Protected Areas Will Meet in France in 2013
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Currently accepting applications for conservation of sharks and rays with particular emphasis on whale sharks and mobulid rays.

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Administered by IUCN's Global Programme on Protected Areas, the WCPA is the world’s premier network of protected areas expertise. With over 1,700 members spanning 140 countries, we encourage all World Heritage marine site managers to join this network.

This membership enables you to link up with like-minded individuals, help shape and deliver major events and gain expertise for capacity building.

HOW TO JOIN: Send your CV to the World Heritage Marine Programme ( and we will nominate you for a membership.

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Marine World Heritage Site Managers Conference
October 19-22, 2013
Scandola Reserve, France

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Marine Sites Honored at the UNESCO High Level Event
On the 7th of February, international film stars Clive Owen and Jacques Perrin gave their support to Marine World Heritage: The Crown Jewels of the Ocean, at a special event at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. A short film on World Heritage marine sites, narrated by Mr. Perrin, was also shown.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova opened the event. In her speech, she referred to the 46 marine World Heritage sites: "Covering a quarter of the area of all marine protected areas, these World Heritage sites are uniquely positioned to spearhead advances in marine management and contribute to enhancing the sustainability of the ocean, which is UNESCO’s objective".

Mr Perrin also gave a keynote address about marine World Heritage and the important issues at stake. Other speakers during the evening included Jérôme Lambert, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre; Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, publisher of the International Herald Tribune; Nic Vandermarliere, Representative of Flanders to UNESCO; and Clive Owen.

The Great Barrier Reef Youth Engagement Programme: A Model for Others
The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem including around 10% of all the world’s coral reefs. Engaging children from an early age in the conservation of the reef is essential for its future health. In 2003, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority launched the Reef Guardian Schools Programme that includes environmental and sustainability projects within their classrooms, their school grounds and local activities such as native habitat re-vegetation, cleaning up beaches, and recycling.

Through this programme, children are taking concrete actions to improve the health and resilience of the GBR through activities aimed at improving catchments, water quality, sustainability and reef health. Today the programme continues to go from strength to strength and currently includes 293 schools with over 114,900 students and 7280 teachers involved in stewardship initiatives helping to build the GBR’s resilience. Farmers and graziers, fishers, and local councils have also joined the programme.

The Reef Guardian programme is proof that protecting the GBR’s social, economic, and environmental values can be helped with a hands-on community-level approach and through building relationships across sectors, working with those who use or rely on the Reef for their business or recreation. The Australian Government provided funding in May 2012 to strengthen the ongoing work of the Reef Guardian programme for the next two years.

Click here to learn more and watch Russ Reichelt, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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Experts in Marine Protected Areas
Will Meet in France in 2013
From October 21-27 the French Marine Protected Areas Agency (MPAA), in cooperation with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), will organize the third International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 3) in Marseilles and Corsica, France. The second World Heritage
marine site managers conference from October 19 to 22 (Ajaccio, Corsica) will preceed this conference.

The call for papers will be open from March 15 to May 10 online at If you would like to submit a proposal, please email Fanny Douvere.

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