In danger: UNESCO issues warning about Wood Buffalo National Park; CBC News


Canada – Wood Buffalo National Park

The park will be added to the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger.

A United Nations agency has issued a warning about the environmental health of Canada’s largest national park.

In a report released Friday, UNESCO says northern Alberta’s Wood Buffalo National Park is threatened by energy development, hydro dams and poor management. It warns that unless management of the area improves, the park will be added to the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger.

The report acknowledges that the overall condition of the vast park — bigger than the Netherlands — remains good. But it concludes there’s no guarantee of that continuing.

‘Governments and industry … unwilling’

“There is long-standing, conceivable and consistent evidence of severe environmental and human health concerns based on both western science and local and indigenous knowledge,” the report says.

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