A global overview of tropical marine, coastal and small island ecosystems and the World Heritage List
A Global Strategy for a balanced and representative World Heritage List was adopted by the World Heritage Committee in 1994. Its aim is to ensure that the List reflects the world's cultural and natural diversity of outstanding universal value. Conferences and studies aimed at developing and implementing the Global Strategy have been held or are planned in Africa, the Pacific region, the Arab region, the Andean region, the Caribbean, central Asia and south-east Asia, and various thematic studies have also been carried out. The lUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), under the leadership of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is directing efforts to review the coverage coastal marine and small island ecosystems by the WHC using innovative multi-site based cluster and transborder approaches to prepare World Heritage area nominations. In support of this work UNEP-WCMC has conducted this assessment of currently listed sites, to assist the identification of potential tropical coastal, marine and small island ecosystems for nomination as World Heritage sites. The findings of this assessment will be reviewed by a panel of experts in a workshop to be held in September 2001. These experts will examine current World Heritage listings and determine gaps and constraints for the nomination of trans-border and cluster sites, as well as, expanding the listing to include more sites that represent the natural and biodiversity significance in the tropical region. Results from the workshop will be compiled in a report to states party to the World Heritage Convention and the World Heritage Committee.