December 31, 2016

Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Coral Reefs: A First Global Scientific Assessment

Authors: David Obura, Erick Geiger, Jon C. Day, Kristen Anderson, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Paul Marshall, Ruben van Hooidonk, Terry Hughes

Language: English

Since 1972, the UNESCO World Heritage Convention has united the world around a shared responsibility to protect natural and cultural places of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV). The World Heritage List includes 29 natural, marine properties that contain coral reef systems . Stretching around the planet, these globally significant reefs include icons such as the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (Kiribati), the Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Papahānaumokuākea (USA), Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize) and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (Philippines). They are recognized for their unique and global importance and for being part of the common heritage of humanity