The World Heritage Committee today followed IUCN’s advice to list Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California as a World Heritage site in danger. The site’s population of vaquitas – the world’s smallest and most endangered species of porpoise – has been decimated due to the illegal trade of marine products, with possibly as few as 10 individuals left.
The Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania faces irreversible damage if plans to build the Stiegler’s Gorge dam go ahead, according to IUCN – the official advisor on natural World Heritage. Ultimately, this could lead to the reserve being removed from the World Heritage List, IUCN warns ahead of next week’s World Heritage Committee Meeting.
“Biodiversity is now on the international agenda to the same degree as the fight against climate change. It is essential to create an international dynamic in favour of biodiversity, with increased awareness and the involvement of the general public. By hosting and co-organising this World Conservation Congress, France is proud to play its full leadership role alongside IUCN in protecting and valuing biodiversity”, says Emmanuelle Wargon, Minister of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition.
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