World Heritage in the High Seas: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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Type: Report
Year of publication: 2016
Date published: 06/2016
Authors: David Freestone, Dan Laffoley, Fanny Douvere, Tim Badman
Publishing institution: UNESCO
City: Paris, France
Series title: World Heritage Reports
Document number: 44
ISBN: 978-92-3-100159-8

This publication is a response to the audit recommendation and shows that the time has indeed come to remedy this historical oversight. It argues, with some vivid illustrations, that there are many sites of potential OUV in areas beyond national jurisdiction. The original vision of the 1972 Convention appears to encompass these sites, but they have been neglected in the development of the procedural means by which inscription takes place. This publication takes a systematic approach to illustrating potential OUV in marine ABNJ, mindful that the purpose is not to produce an official tentative list of sites but rather to demonstrate through a small number of illustrations the need for, and the urgency of, extending the provisions of the Convention to the other half of the planet, and to illustrate a sample of the variety of differing types of potential OUV that exist in the open ocean and seabed beyond national jurisdiction. 

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