UNESCO’s World Heritage Marine Programme

Phoenix Island © Cat Holloway

UNESCO’s World Heritage Marine Programme aims at establishing effective conservation of existing and potential marine areas of Outstanding Universal Value. This programme is supported through the Tides of Time partnership and the Government of Flanders. Since August 2010, the ocean area protected under the World Heritage Convention has more than doubled through the inscription of Phoenix Islands Protected Area (Kiribati) and Papahānaumokuākea (USA), two of the world’s largest and most pristine marine protected areas.

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