Endangered World Heritage Sites
At the moment, 44 UNESCO-protected sites face serious conservation problems, to the point of figuring in the List of World Heritage in Danger. When a heritage site is in danger, it means there is a threat to one or more "outstanding value" criteria for which it was inscribed in the list. These threats can be either natural - like earthquakes and weather conditions; or man generated- such as wars; or a combination of both.
Geographical Distribution of the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger
Some World Heritage Sites Have Been in Danger for a Long Time
Not in Danger, but Still at Risk: 460 World Heritage Sites Face Threats to Their Conservation
The List of World Heritage in Danger doesn't include all UNESCO protected areas that face some threats. In fact, UNESCO's reports have found some conservation risks for 460 of the 981 sites. As the following map shows, these are located all over the globe.
The most common kind of threats are those related to inadequate management system or planning - which affects 331 out of the 460 threatened locations. And while tourists flock over UNESCO protected areas, tourism in fact poses serious risks to about 18% of the World Heritage.
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