18.06.2012 - Natural Sciences Sector

Assessing Marine World Heritage from an Ecosystem Perspective: The Western Indian Ocean


In anticipation of increased interest globally in designating new marine World Heritage sites, a project was established to test a more scientific and robust approach to identify marine sites of potential Outstanding Universal Value (OUV). The project initiated a new approach in the Western Indian Ocean, an area largely under the jurisdiction of African countries and with unique and age-old geological processes currently under-represented on the World Heritage List.

A recent expert workshop and this report examined potential areas of OUV in the Western Indian Ocean. The results will enable the States Parties, the World Heritage Committee, and the World Heritage Centre, to take actions to address the need for enhanced protection and sustainable management of marine ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean.

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