Last week, a study warned that human activity is severely damaging over a 100 UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites around the globe.
What’s worrying is that two Indian sites – Assam’s Manas National Park and Keoladeo National Park in Rajasthan – have been listed among those that are especially threatened.
What is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site?
To be listed as a Natural World Heritage Site, a location must be of be of “outstanding universal value”. It must also meet criteria ranging from natural beauty to ecological significance.
There are four selection requirements to be listed as a Natural World Heritage:
- It must have “superlative natural phenomena” or places of “exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance”
- It is an “outstanding example” of “major stages of earth’s history”
- It represents important and ongoing processes in the creation and development of ecosystems