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UNESCO marine World Heritage: Beacons of Hope in a Changing Ocean

16 November 2023
© Catlin Seaview Survey | Jayne Jenkins

On 16 November (1pm-1.45pm, Paris time, France), in the Partnership Hub of the General Conference, the World Heritage Marine Programme will celebrate some of the conservation highlights delivered over the past years with the support of its key partners.

The 1972 World Heritage Convention protects 50 unique ocean ecosystems across 37 countries and has, since 2005, invested in scaling up the protection of these places through the World Heritage Marine Programme. The French Biodiversity Agency, the Government of Flanders, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the Principality of Monaco, alongside other private and public entities, have been central in the innovation and conservation results the Marine Programme has delivered over the past decade.

The event will illustrate some of the conservation highlights the Programme has delivered with its partners and in collaboration with other UNESCO sectors. Topics will include the Programme’s action on blue carbon and climate adaptation, the global managers network and its joint work with IOC on environmental DNA.

This event is made possible with the support of the World Heritage Marine Programme key partners: the French Biodiversity Agency, the Government of Flanders (Kingdom of Belgium), the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the Principality of Monaco.

Practical information

16 November 2023 - 13:00-13:45 in the Partnerships Hub (Hall Saxe, UNESCO Headquarters)

The session will be conducted in English.

A small lunch will be provided to participants after the event, offered by the Government of Flanders.


  • Ms Fanny Douvere, Senior Project Officer - Moderator
  • Mr Lazare Eloundou Assomo, Director, World Heritage Centre
  • Mr Cyrille Barnerias, Director, International Relations, French Biodiversity Agency
  • Ms Sèverine Dusaintpère, Deputy Permanent Delegate of the Principality of Monaco to UNESCO
  • Ms Megan Anderson, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Australia to UNESCO
  • Mr Kris Dierckx, General Representative of the Government of Flanders, Belgium, to UNESCO
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Thursday, 16 November 2023

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