Workshop Marine and Coastal World Heritage Sites in Europe

International PROWAD Workshop on

Marine and coastal World Heritage Sites in Europe

Venue: Tönning, Schleswig-Holstein (Germany)

Date: 15 – 17 April 2013


Marine and coastal World Heritage Site face similar challenges with regard to site protection, adaptation to climate changes (sea level rise), use of resources (fishery, extraction), external impacts (pollution, shipping, marine litter, alien species) and coastal development (tourism, harbor and industry).

World Heritage Sites have a specific responsibility toward the global community to protect and maintain the World Heritage for future generations and can serve as an example for other marine protected areas.

The international workshop will contribute to the aims the UNESCO’s World Heritage Marine Programme which has been established to strengthen, among other things, the communication and outreach about the World Heritage Convention as an instrument for marine conservation. The workshop will also be linked to the recently adopted UNESCO WH Tourism Programme and investigate how the coastal and marine WH sites can contribute to the programmes.

Workshop objectives

  • Sharing best practice in WH management, communication and qualification
  • Identify joint work opportunities and synergies, and linking to the UNESCO Marine Programme and the UNESCO Tourism Programme
  • Exploring funding opportunities for joint projects.

Workshop themes

  • Linking tourism and conservation,
  • Communication, awareness and education,
  • WH as catalyst for sustainable socio-economic regional development.

Who should participate?

  • Site mangers involved in tourism, communication, education and protection of World Heritage in Europe,
  • Stakeholders involved in business partnerships with WH sites in Europe.


The workshop is on invitation only and will be organized as two-day workshop followed by a site visit to the Wadden Sea World Heritage. It will be carried out in the framework of the North Sea Region Interreg IVB project “PROWAD – Protect and Prosper: Sustainable tourism in the Wadden Sea”. There will be no workshop fee, participation is on own costs.