Five new natural wonders declared UNESCO World Heritage sites

Mount Etna, Italy.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 June 2013 — Namib Sand Sea in Namibia, Xinjiang Tianshan in China, Tajik National Park in Tajikistan, Mount Etna in Italy and El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico have been declared World Heritage sites, following expert recommendations of IUCN. In addition, the World Heritage Committee approved the extension of Mount Kenya National Park to include the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve, also following IUCN’s recommendation. “From vast deserts in Namibia and Mexico to high mountain ranges in China…

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Industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef denounced by World Heritage Committee

Corals (Corals); Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland, Australia

The Australian Marine Conservation Society and WWF-Australia said today that Australia’s governments are putting the Great Barrier Reef at risk by failing to implement the World Heritage Committee recommendations around rapid industrialisation.  WWF- Australia’s Richard Leck, who has been attending the World Heritage Meeting as an observer, said Australia had been put ‘on notice’ by the World Heritage Committee. “Australian governments now have a firm deadline of June 2014 for action to avoid the global icon being placed on an international list of shame. This will be a crucial 12…

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Great Barrier Reef Scorecard highlights risk to World Heritage Status

Sydney, Australia / January 31, 2013 – As part of their joint Fight for the Reef campaign, WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society today released a scorecard assessing the performance of both the Queensland and Australian Governments’ management of the Great Barrier Reef. Last year, UNESCO gave Australia a deadline to outline how it would better manage the Reef, noting that a failure to make ‘substantial progress’ would jeopardise its world heritage status. That deadline expires today. WWF’s Campaign Director, Richard Leck said each government was judged on a…

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