8% of the World's Natural Resources in Danger
Television del Sur
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November 17, 2014
Monarch butterflies in Mexico's monarch reserve. (RevolucionTresPuntoCero)
For the first time, the International Union for the Conservation of Natural Resources (IUNCN) has evaluated 228 areas classified by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as Natural World Heritage Sites.
The agency came out with a report “Perspective of World Heritage Sites” that indicates 21 percent of the locations studied have a “good” chance of conservation, 42 percent present “a good outlook of conservation but with some concern” and 8 percent have been assessed as “critical.”
“World Heritage sites have the most prestigious international designation and those who manage them should demonstrate exemplary leadership for all protected areas,” Julia Marton Lefevre, Director General of IUCN said in a statement. “Thanks to the IUCN World Heritage Outlook, we can see which sites have been successfully conserved and encourage the World Heritage Convention to secure the long-term protection of all the sites under its umbrella.”
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