UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme

Launched in 2005, the mission of the world Heritage Marine Programme is to establish effective conservation of existing and potential marine areas of Outstanding universal Value to make sure they will be maintained and thrive for generations to come.

Facts & Figures

  •     46 World Heritage sites
  •     Located in 35 countries
  •     Covering ¼ by area of all marine protected areas on the planet
  •     Recognized for their exceptional beauty, geology, ecosystem processes and biodiversity/habitat

Goals of the World Heritage Marine Programme

  •     World Heritage marine sites managed effectively
  •     An international network of World Heritage marine sites
  •     A marine World Heritage site managers network

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The World Heitage Programme and the Wadden Sea

The Wadden Sea World Heritage cooperate very closely with other Marine World Heritage Sites within the framework of the Programme.

In addition to participation in the Programme's meetings, the Common Wadden Sea Secretariat together with the Wadden Sea National Park in Schleswig-Holstein invited other Marine World Heritage Sites to Tönning in April 2013 to explore the potential of the World Heritage status for nature, cultural identity and regional economy.

The Wadden Sea and the Banc d'Arguin National Park with the support from UNESCO launched a joint project with the aim to establish a long-term cooperation between those two sites, crucial for the global conservation of migratory birds:

More about the World Heritage Marine Programme at http://whc.unesco.org/en/marine-programme/