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Boundaries of UNESCO World Heritage Marine Sites (v02)
Citable as data publication
UNESCO (2023). Boundaries of UNESCO World Heritage Marine Sites (v02). Available online at

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Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This file contains the shapefile of the 50 marine sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List (as of 1 January 2023). Launched in 2005, the mission of the World Heritage Marine Programme is to establish effective conservation of existing and potential marine areas of Outstanding Universal Value to make sure they will be maintained and thrive for generations to come. In order to create the data, information from the UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme and Protected Planet were collected and compiled.

Conservation, Data not evaluated, Environment, Esri Shapefile, Heritage, Marine, Metadata conformant, No limitations to public access, Protected sites, Unesco, WGS84 (EPSG:4326), World Oceans

Geographical coverage
World Oceans [Marine Regions]

UNESCO; UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE (IODE), moredata creator
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata provider

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Dataset status: Completed
Data type: GIS maps
Release date: 2023-02-08
Metadatarecord created: 2023-02-01
Information last updated: 2023-02-08
All data in the Integrated Marine Information System (IMIS) is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy