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Managers of the 46 marine sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List will meet in Ajaccio (Corsica, France) from 18 to 20 October to explore ways to advance the interests of marine conservation worldwide.
Marine World Heritage sites, often referred to as “the crown jewels of the oceans,” represent one quarter of all protected marine areas in terms of the surface they cover.
These sites are recognized for their exceptional natural phenomena, their geological processes, ecological functioning and/or outstanding biodiversity found nowhere else on the planet. They share similar conservation challenges in the face of climate change, coastal development, over-fishing, and marine pollution. But they also hold a wealth of information about good and best practices in dealing with them.
While some sites are well managed and deal with threats adequately, others lack the capacity to do so. By bringing these success stories together, they can also be translated in ways that make them suitable for replication in other marine protected areas.
The overall purpose of this Second World Heritage Marine Site Managers Conference is to build a stronger World Heritage marine site managers community into a network that serves as a prominent driver for ocean conservation globally. Therefore, all World Heritage marine site managers will collectively participate in the consecutive 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3) in Marseille.