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46 World Heritage marine sites

35

Located in 35 countries

20%

Covering 20%, by area, of all marine protected areas on the planet

3

3 of top 10 largest marine protected areas in the world

50%

more than 50%, by area, of all natural World Heritage sites

Marine site managers network

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The 46 marine World Heritage sites share similar conservation challenges but hold simultaneously a wealth of information about best management practices. Some sites are well managed, others lack the capacity to do so. Bringing these success stories together is at the heart of our work. Learn more!

Site managers platform
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Our work in the field

Management of World Heritage marine sites is increasingly challenging. Climate change, marine pollution, habitat destruction, overfishing, invasive species all impact effective conservation. See how we support the World Heritage marine sites to ensure effective conservation and sustainable development of these exceptional places.

In focus: Banc d’Arguin / Wadden Sea

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Learn more about our work at Banc d’Arguin

2014
Scale up marine World Heritage activities in the Pacific region
2013
Strengthening cooperation with the IMO

Forthcoming - Marine World Heritage Best Practices at the World Parks Congress 2014

Identifying marine gaps on the World Heritage List

The World Heritage marine sites cover a vast range of ecosystem types in both tropical and temperate ocean areas. While mangroves, coral reefs and saltmarshes are relatively well represented among the network of marine sites on the World Heritage List, others are not. Learn more about our work to establish a representative network of marine sites.

Forthcoming - Outstanding Universal Value and the High Seas

The Crown Jewels of the Ocean

The Crown Jewels of the Ocean call for support! 

 

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