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World Oceans Day: How marine World Heritage shapes the future of science and innovation

This year’s United Nations World Oceans Day – which is traditionally celebrated on 8 June – highlights the critical importance of innovation for a sustainable ocean. 

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From drone wildlife tracking in Russia’s Wrangel Island Reserve System to the use of artificial intelligence at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, UNESCO marine World Heritage sites are spearheading scientific innovation in ways that are rapidly transforming the future of ocean conservation.

While UNESCO’s marine World Heritage sites are best known for their outstanding ecosystems, unparalleled beauty and iconic biodiversity, it is their capacity to turn science & innovation into policy and decision making that is at the heart of their conservation leadership.

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