World Heritage inscription is not a passive designation, but an active participation with a network of special places around the globe.

“The celebration of 10 years as a World Heritage site is more than a milestone,” says Ms. Clark. “It demonstrates a commitment by our managers and the Nation to protect and conserve this rare and special place for future generations.”

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is administered jointly by four co-trustees – the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior, the State of Hawai’i, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The day-to-day management of the Monument is overseen by a seven-member management board composed of NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services and Refuges Program, State of Hawai’i Divisions of Aquatic Resources and Forestry and Wildlife, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Sarah Marquis is West Coast/Pacific Islands media coordinator for NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries