The great watch maker Jaeger-LeCoultre, the International Herald Tribune and UNESCO celebrate in 2010 its third year of partnership. With some projects in its portfolio such as the promotion of protected sites to raise public awareness and auctions with the proceeds going to threatened sites (read here the Maison Chaplin article about the last auction made), now Jaeger-LeCoultre and UNESCO are promoting the preserving another endangered ecosystem, the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.
The Tubbataha Marine Park is located in the Sulu Sea and it was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993. With 374 different species of coral, Tubbataha Reef is one of the world’s finest examples of a coral reef. Human activity is forbidden within the park, except for during fishing season, in order to protect its ecosystems.
At the 33rd annual conference in Seville in 2009, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre approved an extension to the site, based on the same criteria as those presented for Tubbataha’s original inscription in 1993 such as an exceptional natural phenomena, biodiversity, endangered species living in the park, between others.
You can learn more about the marine sites supported under the "Tides of Time" partnership on Jaeger-LeCoultre official page on Youtube.