The Galapagos Islands and Niokolo-Koba
National Park in Senegal were added to the list of the UNESCO's
World Heritage in Danger list, part of the U.N.'s World Heritage
Committee-elected World Heritage List.
(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
World Heritage Committee, meeting for its 31st session in
Christchurch, New Zealand, said that the 19 islands of the
Galapagos and their surrounding marine reserve are threatened by
invasive species, growing tourism and immigration.
said that "the number of days spent by passengers of cruise ships
has increased by 150% over the past 15 years" and that "this
increase has fuelled a growth in immigration and the ensuing
inter-island traffic has led to the introduction of more invasive
Rafael Correa said in April that the islands were at risk and
possible restrictions on tourism and immigration to the islands
would need to be addressed.
region was the first site to be placed on the World Heritage List
in 1978, UNESCO said. The islands' ecosystem helped shape Charles
Darwin's theory of evolution.
Added to the
World Heritage List in 1981, the Niokolo-Koba National Park is
located on the banks of the Gambia River. The park is home to many
endangered species, UNESCO said, including antelopes, chimpanzees,
lions, and a large population of elephants. According to the
committee, Its wildlife is endangered by poaching and by plans to
construct a dam on the Gambia River.
The committee now
lists 29 of the 830 World Heritage sites as in danger. That
notation means that further resources will be mobilized for their
conservation. UNESCO said.
were also removed from the endangered list during the meeting,
including, the Everglades National Park in Florida, and Rio Platano
Biosphere Reserve in Honduras. To view the entire World Heritage
List, visit http://whc.unesco.org/en/list; the World Heritage in
Danger list can be found at http://whc.unesco.org/en/danger.
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