Assessing Marine World Heritage from an Ecosystem Perspective: The Western Indian Ocean
Marine ecosystems support much of the world’s goods and services and provide invaluable economic benefits, yet less than five percent of sites on the World Heritage List are nominated for marine heritage values at this time. The World Heritage Convention is an important tool to bring attention and protection for these unique marine ecosystems as they are a compelling illustration of major types of natural heritage not sufficiently represented on the World Heritage List. This report builds on previous efforts to navigate a long-term future for the World Heritage Marine Programme and to facilitate the process of replicating regional assessments in other marine ecoregions.
WIO Heritage Sites Assessment 2012.pdf
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