Project ID 513GLO2048

This is a citizen-science project that will determine (a) the richness of fish species, and vulnerable or endangered species, across the 50 marine World Heritage sites by collecting and analysing environmental DNA and (b) how the effects of climate change might be impacting the distribution and migration patterns of these species. Local communities including youth at the marine World Heritage sites will be engaged in the eDNA expeditions. The project is a joint initiative across the Science (IOC) and Cultural Sectors of UNESCO.

  • On-going

USD 890,649

Total Project Budget

USD 396,683

Total Incurred Expenditures


Start Date 2021.12.08
End Date 2023.12.07
Benchmark as of 2023.06.30

Geographical Scope and Beneficiaries

Country Allocation


Financial plan

Type of Funding Uses of Funding Sources of Funding Project Budget (USD) Incurred Expenditures (USD)
Voluntary Contribution - Tightly Earmarked Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Belgium 890,649 396,683

Project contributes to

Contribution to UNESCO Results Framework 2022-2025
Sector: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Outcome 3 - Enhance knowledge for climate action, biodiversity, water and ocean management, and disaster risk reduction Output: 3.IOC1 - Member States critically supported in strengthening their capacity to conduct marine scientific research, generate knowledge, and develop and implement science-based tools, services, and policies in order to reverse the decline in ocean health and accelerate the transition towards sustainable management of ocean-related risks and opportunities
Contribution to Sustainable Development Goals
  • 100%
UNESCO Global Priorities and Priority Groups
  • Gender Equality | 20%
  • Youth | 20%