Good News for the Coral Reefs Come from New Caledonia
UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme has a lot in plans for the next half of the year, with some exciting endeavors and news, worth sharing right now.
The programme was created specifically to address the needs and importance of marine areas among the 193 natural properties listed as World Heritage. Since its establishment, UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme is striving to safeguard the future of existing and potential marine areas of outstanding universal value. One such area, undoubtedly, is New Caledonia, home to one of the world’s most pristine coral reefs. Now, the New Caledonia government has agreed to set marine protected areas surrounding the reefs and to strengthen an existing one around Entrecasteaux, which is already a Unesco world heritage site.
This French overseas territory is home to a rich array of wildlife, and boast some of the world’s healthiest reefs. Why should we care about reefs? Covering only 0.1% of the ocean’s surface, coral reefs support a quarter of known marine species. Threatened by climate change, pollution, and overfishing, the reefs are in decline globally, and every step further in its conservation is a big deal.
联合国教科文组织世界遗产海洋计划（UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme）为今年下半年制定了许多计划，其中包括一些令人兴奋的努力和新闻值得现在就分享。