UNESCO approves report outlining threats to northern Alberta’s Wood Buffalo National Park

Canadian Press in CTV News
September 14, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The United Nations body that oversees World Heritage Sites is approving a report that finds Wood Buffalo National Park’s place on that list is in danger. At a meeting in Saudi Arabia, UNESCO delegates voted to approve an investigation that found the park remains under environmental threats from dam construction in British Columbia, oilsands development and climate change. Delegates voted to recommend that Canada implement 17 recommendations in the report. …The report did not recommend removing the park from the list of World Heritage Sites but said about half of what makes it a special place is deteriorating. Of 15 objectives for the park, UNESCO says two are improving, five are stable and seven are deteriorating. …Mikisew Cree First Nation representative Melody Lepine told the delegates she hoped Canada would accept the new report as a chance to look back on progress while accepting more work needs to be done.

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