Wednesday, July 08, 2009
The mission of the World Heritage Marine Program is to safeguard the world's marine cultural and natural heritage by assisting countries with the nomination of marine properties and with the effective management of these sites. The program seeks to ensure that these precious marine areas will be maintained and thrive for generations to come.
Marine areas of "outstanding universal value" will be inscribed as World Heritage sites thus leading to a better protection of marine biodiversity. All marine World Heritage sites are to be exemplary models of effective and results-based management benefiting coastal communities around the world.