Partnership with UNESCO

Helping to conserve the crown jewels of the ocean


Resource Media has helped to raise the profile of the World Heritage Marine Programme. From a regular monthly newsletter to articles in National Geographic and Nature, we are shining a light on the challenges facing the crown jewels of the ocean, and the innovative solutions being piloted at marine World Heritage sites. Our increased visibility has enabled us to attract new funding and grow our impact.
Fanny Douvere, UNESCO
Head of World Heritage Marine Program
The Situation

Marine World Heritage sites comprise over 10% by surface area of all marine protected areas on the planet, and include some of the world’s most beloved ocean areas, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Galapagos Islands. But even these treasured icons are threatened by growing development pressure, illegal fishing, and a changing climate. These challenges often get too little attention and resources, since areas are often considered “saved” once they are designated as World Heritage sites.

Our Role

Since 2014, Resource Media has worked with UNESCO to highlight the problems facing Marine World Heritage sites, and the solutions that are possible. We have helped the program raise its profile with a new monthly newsletter, stronger Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and enhanced media outreach. We are managing the launch of a key report this summer on World Heritage in the High Seas, and overseeing media relations for a global gathering in the Galapagos. We have also worked to build capacity among local site managers to support their on-the-ground advocacy efforts. Resource Media cooperates with UNESCO World Heritage Marine Progamme on fundraising, and has been able to secure grants to cover our costs.

The Impact

We have more than doubled the reach of UNESCO’s marine program communications, and helped it engage contacts from the New York Times, Radio France, and the journal Nature. We have secured media coverage for conservation successes, like an oil ban in Belize, shipping protections in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Mauritania. As a result of its higher profile, the program has more leverage to negotiate with government groups, and has attracted new corporate and philanthropic partners.