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Fanny Douvere

Latin America and the Caribbean Unit (CLT/HER/WHC/LAC)
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Dr Fanny Douvere
Marine Programme
World Heritage Centre
Paris, France

Dr. Fanny Douvere is the coordinator of the Marine Programme at UNESCO's World Heritage Centre in Paris, France. Since October 2009, her mission is to ensure the 49 marine sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List are conserved and sustainably managed so future generations can continue to enjoy them. She recently wrote in Nature on why not investing in marine World Heritage is a lost opportunity for the oceans: http://www.nature.com/news/conservation-the-seas-cannot-be-saved-on-a-budget-of-breadcrumbs-1.19991

Prior to her work at the World Heritage Centre, she co-initiated and led the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) initative at UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. In 2009, she co-published the UNESCO guide Marine Spatial Planning: A step-by-step Approach toward ecosystem-based managementThe guide has gained international recognition for setting a standard for the application of MSP and is available in six languages. She also served as an advisor to the United States Executive Office of the President (Council of Environmental Quality) on the development of the US Framework for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning.

She (co-) authored more than 20 articles in internationally peer-reviewed journals on both marine World Heritage and MSP. Most recently, she authored World Heritage Marine Sites. Managing effectively the world's most iconic Marine Protected Areas in which she lays out a tangible approach for marine protected area management based on the fundamental idea that all things happen in time and space and the oceans should be managed accordingly.

She obtained her PhD degree in 2010 from the Ghent University in Belgium and published the book Marine Spatial Planning: Concepts, current practice and linkages to other management approaches.

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