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Fanny Douvere

Natural Heritage Unit
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. The mission of the programme is to ensure the 50 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 why not investing in marine World Heritage is a lost opportunity for the oceans.

Her day-to-day work includes field missions to evaluate the state of conservation or provide training on a wide range of topics, including the criticaly endangered Vaquita in Mexico's Gulf of California, the Rampal power plant in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. She further oversees the development of the World Heritage marine managers network across 50 flagship marine protected areas spanning 37 countries and stretching from the tropics to the poles. 

Most recently, the marine programme led UNESCO's first global scientific assessment on the impacts of climate change on World Heritage coral reefs and the World Heritage Centre's first analysis on the use of the 1972 World Heritage Convention to establish and conserve marine protected areas in the High Seas. More information is available in the UNESCO publication World Heritage in the High Seas: an Idea Whose Time Has Come.

Prior to her work at the World Heritage Centre, she co-initiated the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) initative at UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. She (co-) authored more than 25 publications including the UNESCO guides Marine Spatial Planning: A step-by-step Approach toward ecosystem-based management (2009) and World Heritage Marine Sites. Managing effectively the world's most iconic Marine Protected Areas (2015). She obtained her PhD degree in 2010 from the Ghent University in Belgium on the subject of Marine Spatial Planning: Concepts, current practice and linkages to other management approaches.

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