World Heritage sites getting hammered by human activities
A new study warns that more than 100 natural World Heritage sites are being severely damaged by encroaching human activities. The study, led by an international team of researchers from the University of Queensland, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), University of Northern British Columbia and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) appears in the journal Biological Conservation.
|A new study warns that more than 100 natural World Heritage sites are being severely damaged |
by encroaching human activities [Credit: Biological Conservation]
|Cattle ranching Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve Honduras [Credit: J. Radachowsky]|
|Clearing for cattle Rio Platano BR Honduras [Credit: J. Radachowsky]|
|Deforestation in Patuca National Park in Honduras [Credit: WCS]|
|Illegal fishing village in virunga park DRC [Credit: A.J. Plumptre]|
|Illegal Mining site in Kahuzi Biega Park DRC [Credit: A.J. Plumptre]|
|The settlement of Bandarjhula in the buffer zone of the property is encroaching on important wildlife habitat |
and causing severe habitat degradation [Credit: © IUCN, Remco van Merm]
"It is time for the global community to stand up and hold governments to account so that they take the conservation of natural World Heritage sites seriously. We urge the World Heritage Committee to immediately assess the highly threatened sites we have identified. Urgent intervention is clearly needed to save these places and their outstanding natural universal values," said James Allan.
Some NWHS such as the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Mana Pools National Park showed minimal change in forest loss or human pressure, but the authors say they are in the minority.
Source: Wildlife Conservation Society [Janaury 30, 2017]