Meet all the endorsed Ocean Decade Actions

E-DNA expeditions in Marine World Heritage Sites

IOC IODE Programme and Marine World Heritage Centre of UNESCO - Belgium

All Ocean Basins, Create a digital representation of the Ocean, Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Increase community resilience to ocean hazards, Project, Skills, knowledge and technology for all

eDNA Expeditions in marine World Heritage sites is a citizen-science project to reveal the richness of biodiversity in UNESCO's flagship sites and its vulnerability to climate change.

Based on environmental DNA extracted from a liter of water, fish and red-list species will be detected and scientific results made publicly available.

This Project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON)

Start Date: 01/01/2022
End Date: 31/12/2023

Lead Contacts: Ward Appeltans ( and Fanny Douvere (