The World Heritage Committee meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan inscribes the French Austral Lands and Seas on the World Heritage List, the 50th marine World Heritage site to be added to the List. At an astonishing 67 million hectares, this is – by far – the largest protected area in the world!  This spectacular wilderness area is almost twice as big as the Great Barrier Reef, and almost 50% larger than the next largest World Heritage site. These spectacular sub-Antarctic Islands include places where no human has ever set foot, are incredibly rich in marine life and are home to vast bird populations. A fantastic, hugely inspiring good news story! https://whc.unesco.org/en/news/2002