Friday, 8 June 2012

Launch of Marine World Heritage App will bring marine crown jewels a lot closer

GLAND, Switzerland – June 8, 2012

In celebration of World Oceans Day, the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre are launching a new iPhone application. This year’s Oceans Day theme “Youth: the Next Wave for Change” inspired the development of the mobile application, which will act as a window on marine world heritage sites around the world.

Of all 6,000 marine protected areas on the planet, only 45 have the highest internationally recognized status for conservation, World Heritage. The application aims at increasing visibility of these exceptional places and facilitating access to information about their outstanding value.

“Protecting our 45 marine World Heritage sites takes more than just good management—it is also about people, their awareness, and how they can help