20.06.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Indonesian translation – Effective Management of World Heritage Marine Sites

Situs Perairan Warisan Dunia

The World Heritage Centre launched the Indonesian translation of the publication “Managing effectively the world’s most iconic Marine Protected Areas. A Best Practice Guide”. Indonesia currently has two World Heritage marine sites: Komodo National Park and Ujung Kulon National Park.


The original publication was developed in 2015 and has been translated to French and Spanish. It lays the groundwork for a common approach to a more pro-active, future-oriented management of marine protected areas (MPAs) around the world. Today, one of the most challenging questions posed to World Heritage marine sites is how to balance conservation of a site’s irreplaceable Outstanding Universal Value with increasing or shifting demands for socio-economic development and use. Apart from a few remote sites that are off limits for exploitation due to their geographic location, virtually all World Heritage marine sites around the world are confronted with this challenge.

The step-by-step guidance provides a tangible approach for bringing the Outstanding Universal Value of a site at the heart of its management system. Best practice illustrations throughout the guide show how Outstanding Universal Value is key to setting management objectives and can align private sector partners, NGOs and government institutions behind shared and common conservation goals. More broadly, the guide outlines how using area-based tools, such as marine spatial planning (MSP), can help to plan for and achieve environmental, social and economic objectives that lead to sustainable use and effective management of MPAs over time.

The translation was made in the context of a larger project to assist the Komodo National Park with the preparation of an updated marine management plan. While perhaps best known for the Komodo Dragon, the Komodo National Park marine World Heritage site is also home to a stunning array of corals, fish, seabirds, turtles and marine mammals. From 1 to 8 December 2017, the World Heritage Marine Programme brought together experts from Glacier Bay National Park (USA), the Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Indonesia and the Komodo National Park (Indonesia) to exchange views on building climate resilience, fisheries, and mitigating impacts from cruise ship tourism. This kind of international cooperation is a hallmark of the World Heritage marine managers network.

The publication was translated in close cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Jakarta and was made possible thanks to an anonymous donation to the World Heritage Marine Programme.

Previous articles:

Fanny Douvere (F.Douvere(at)unesco.org)
Coordinator, Marine Programme
World Heritage Centre, UNESCO

Hans Dencker Thulstrup (h.thulstrup(at)unesco.org)
Senior Programme Specialist
Water and Environmental Sciences
UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

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