Sunday, 18 January 2009

Marine World Heritage scale-up workshop confirmed

Feb 24, 2009 - Feb 26, 2009 Manama, Bahrain

A partnership of UNESCO World Heritage Centre, IUCN-WCPA and the Kingdom of Bahrain is organising a workshop of global and regional marine experts to train and build capacity on World Heritage. The workshop will include two parallel streams: (a)initiating a global process to identify potential marine World Heritage Sites and (b) reviewing and prioritising marine World Heritage and marine protected area potential in the Gulf and Red Sea. Further regional partners are invited to join with this initiative.

The workshop will bring together IUCN WCPA-Marine regional coordinators from up to 18 global regions, international experts, and individuals and authorities on marine conservation and management in the Gulf and Red Sea sub-region. A total of up to 40 participants is envisaged, comprising 50% global experts and 50% regional experts.

The results of the workshop are expected to accelerate the recognition of marine protected areas within the World Heritage Convention and other related protected area initiatives at global and regional levels. A workshop report will be published and reported to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, and will assist the future targeting of marine activities by UNESCO and IUCN.