In promoting the 2001 UNESCO Convention, the HFF Steering Committee on UCH seeks also to encourage practical improvement in the management of UCH through appropriate policies, legislation and administration.
The marine environment is complex and changing with many overlapping considerations and responsibilities. Even in countries with a relatively long history of protecting UCH, achieving and maintaining effective management of UCH can present seemingly intractable difficulties. Using a thematic approach, the Steering Committee applies research and dialogue to identify and understand such difficulties, and to provide a foundation for their resolution.
The Steering Committee has examined issues in the management of UCH in the UK to shed light on difficulties that face the management of UCH in other countries and regions, including in the eastern Mediterranean.