Friday, 5 August 2016

Sargasso Sea among spots in the High Seas identified as potential World Heritage sites

Five sites in the High Seas, which belong to no country, could be recognised under the World Heritage Convention, according to a new report by UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the advisory body on natural World Heritage. The report has been launched from a submersible at the edge of one of the most iconic of these sites – the Sargasso Sea.
“Just as on land, the deepest and most remote ocean harbours globally unique places that deserve recognition, just as we have given to the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States of America, to the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador or the Serengeti National Park of the United Republic of Tanzania,” states Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, in the preface to the report.