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World Heritage
Marine Programme

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

What we do

State of Conservation reporting

We monitor and prepare evaluations on how countries protect their sites by conducting field visits and collecting scientific data.

Global network of site managers

We connect daily managers from the 50 flagship marine protected areas to share conservation solutions and accelerate successful results.

Climate change adaptation

We assess climate change impacts on marine World Heritage and invest in building resilience at the site level.

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Where we work

Since the inscription of the first marine site on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981, our network has grown in to a global collection of unique ocean places stretching from the tropics to the poles. Today, the List includes 50 unique ocean places across 37 countries – recognized for their unique marine biodiversity, singular ecosystem, unique geological processes or incomparable beauty.

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Marine World Heritage




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News 180
World Ranger Day 2020
31 July 2020
Events 38
High Seas International Conference
27 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
8 Jun 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
Building a global network of site managers
27 Aug 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
World Heritage High Seas Expert Meeting
29 Oct 2015 - 30 Oct 2015
World Heritage Properties 50