Marine World Heritage: Protecting The Crown Jewels of the Ocean

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. The mission of marine World Heritage is to protect all potential and existing marine areas of Outstanding Universal Value to ensure they will thrive for generations to come. The 1972 World Heritage Convention has a huge, unexplored potential to improve effective conservation of the most valuable ocean areas.

Today, 46 World Heritage sites are located in marine areas. They represent the most outstanding and valuable places in our marine environment. Their disappearance would be an irreplaceable loss to humanity.

A multitude of NGO’s are involved in the day-to-day management of marine World Heritage sites without being aware of the influence the World Heritage status can bring. Only a handful NGO’s are aware what World Heritage means and are using it effectively to increase their own success in conservation of the site. The workshop will demonstrate how to better use and take advantage of the Convention, especially for NGOs. It will also highlight key work and success stories accomplished through marine World Heritage. Speakers will include the National Marine Sanctuaries (NOAA), the French MPA Agency, the World Heritage Marine Programme... At the end of the workshop, a facilitated discussion will be held on how to use the World Heritage Convention in the day-to-day work.

Possible topics and expected outputs

- Present success stories where the WH Convention was used effectively to increase the protection of the site
- A better understanding by NGO’s what the WH Convention is, what it can do for ocean conservation and in their day-to-day work
- To Gathering information about what’s happening in various marine WH sites

Targeted public

- Major NGO’s working in marine WH sites
- Potential new partners for marine World Heritage
- Marine WH site managers

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