Tenth of the natural World Heritage Sites threatened with losing their value and should be assigned the status of "heritage at risk," according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is an advisory body of UNESCO.
Session of the World Heritage Committee will be held from June 24 to July 6 in St. Petersburg, the first session will be chaired by Russia. Delegations from 21 countries will review the 36 natural and cultural sites for inscription on the World Heritage List, including the Nature Park "Lena Pillars" in Yakutia. Currently, the list included 936 sites (725 cultural, 183 natural, 28 mixed).
"If the recommendations are accepted for inclusion in the IUCN list of sites under threat, additional four World Heritage sites, the officially" endangered "will be 21 objects out of 211 — or one in ten natural world heritage site," — said before the meeting of the Committee of IUCN.
In particular, IUCN will recommend the inclusion in the existing list of four natural sites: the landscape Sangha Trayneshenal located between Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo, Lake Unyanga in Chad, in the province of fossils in China and Chentszyan Rock rocky island south of the lagoon in Palau.
In addition, the reports will be made on 56 other major sites, including the problems of the Galapagos Islands, the Great Barrier Reef and the Serengeti National Park in East Africa.
IUCN also recommends that you add to the list of natural heritage at risk, National Parks on Lake Turkana in Kenya, protected area Pitons on St. Lucia, Virgin Komi Forests in Russia and fauna reserve Dja in Cameroon.
"World Heritage — is a blueprint for global conservation, but even these areas are facing growing pressure on them. World Heritage Convention will be 40 years old this year, and it must be done within the next ten years is much more to protect the objects covered by it, and especially those who are in danger, in order to maintain the "gold standard" as the list of World Heritage sites, "- said the director of the IUCN World Heritage Bedmen Tim (Tim Badman).
Russia "no threats"?
As reported earlier Russian Permanent Representative to UNESCO Eleonora Mitrofanova, none of the Russian natural World Heritage properties will not be included in the list of "Heritage in Danger" at the next session of the UNESCO committee in St. Petersburg.
As for the object "Virgin Komi Forests," that, in her words, Russia at the previous meeting of the committee recommended changing the boundaries of the object in the Komi Republic in connection with the production of gold, to be submitted to UNESCO in Russia by February 1, 2013.
Formerly president of the "Protection of natural heritage" Alex Butorin told RIA Novosti that the status of the four Russian objects from the list of UNESCO World Natural Heritage — Komi Forests, Lake Baikal, the Western Caucasus and the Ukok Plateau in Altai — causes apprehension environmental experts.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), founded in 1948, develops the general principles and Conservation Strategy determines the direction of international cooperation and national policies in the field of environmental management. Members of the IUCN — the state (including Russia), the international non-governmental organizations, government agencies, non-governmental scientific organization. The supreme body — the General Assembly, is headquartered in the Swiss city of Gland. The structure of the IUCN now includes 90 countries.