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In Photos: List of World Heritage Sites In Danger Because of Climate Change

Jun 01, 2016 10:43 AM EDT
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A new report released by the United Nations revealed that 31 world heritage sites across 29 countries in the world are in extreme danger due to climate change.

The report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme and the Union of Concerned Scientists made waves after the Australian government insisted on removing the Great Barrier Reef on the list.

This, despite the fact that more than 90 percent of it has already been damaged by extreme coral bleaching, the largest destruction in history or corals.

The report highlights the urgent need to manage the effects of climate change, as agreed in the Paris Agreement in December.

"Globally, we need to better understand, monitor and address climate change threats to World Heritage sites," said Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Center in a press release.

"As the report's findings underscore, achieving the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting global temperature rise to a level well below 2 degrees Celsius is vitally important to protecting our World Heritage for current and future generations," she added.

It also mentioned that tourism must be carefully planned because poorly managed tourism is itself a separate threat to many heritage sites.

Below are some sites included on the list:

Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara, United Republic of Tanzania

Lake Malawi National Park, Malawi, Africa

Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, South Africa

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab), Lebanon

Wadi Rum Protected Area, Jordan

Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata, Mauritania

Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Palau

Hoi An Ancient Town, Viet Nam

Shiretoko, Japan

Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

 Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems

Rice Terraces of the Philippines, Cordilleras, Philippines

Golden Mountains of Altai, Russian Federation.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Huascarán National Park, Peru

Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves, Brazil

Rapa Nui National Park (Easter Island), Chile

Ilulissat Icefjord (Greenland), Denmark

Heart of Neolithic Orkney, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites, United Kingdom of Great Britain

Northern Ireland Wadden Sea

Venice Lagoon

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