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World Heritage Marine Programme

50 flagship marine protected areas of Outstanding Universal Value: Beacons of Hope In a Changing Ocean

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Natural World Heritage

The World Heritage Convention is one of the most successful international instruments to protect the most extraordinary natural places on the planet, characterized by their natural beauty or outstanding ...

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Environmental DNA Expeditions in UNESCO World Heritage marine sites

Environmental DNA Expeditions is a global, citizen science initiative that will help measure marine biodiversity, and the impacts climate change might have on the distribution patterns of marine life, across UNESCO ...

Building climate change resilience and adaptation of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize)

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is facing multiple impacts of climate change such as coral bleaching, more severe storms, and rising sea levels. The Resilient Reefs Initiative is focused on building Belize’s ...

Promoting local development through heritage conservation and enhancement and tourism in the Island of Saint-Louis ...

After the World Heritage Committee warned in 2016 that the poor state of conservation of the property could lead to its inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger, a number of local, national and ...

We are all Futurekeepers

Natural World Heritage sites are the planet’s most precious gifts to humanity. But our work across these 257 sites is not simply about protecting and preserving some of the world’s most beautiful locations, ...

Blue Carbon and UNESCO Marine World Heritage

Blue carbon ecosystems include seagrass meadows, tidal marshes and mangroves. They are among the most intensive carbon sinks in the biosphere and play a central role in climate mitigation.

Climate Change Marine

Marine World Heritage in a Changing Climate © Climate change has become the biggest threat to the conservation of the 50 marine sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Some 70% of these ...

Marine Programme: State of Conservation Reporting

Marine Programme: State of Conservation Reporting © World Heritage status signifies that a place is unique and irreplaceable. But the recognition comes with responsibilities. As a ...

Ocean Science Roadmap for UNESCO Marine World Heritage

Ocean Science Roadmapfor UNESCO Marine World Heritage In the context of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 – 2030). © Shane ...

Youth from Caribbean SIDS and Central American give focus on Marine Biodiversity & Climate Change

The World Heritage Youth Project on Marine Biodiversity & Climate Change, held from 25th to 29th of January 2016 in Panama at the World Heritage site of Coiba National Park and its special zone of marine ...