Largest park in danger; Canada News

Canada – Wood Buffalo National Park

The country’s largest national park could be declared to be in danger by the UN’s World Heritage Committee if Canada doesn’t meet new deadlines next year to prove it is taking action to protect the park from development.

In March, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization gave Canada 17 recommendations to help improve the status of Wood Buffalo National Park in Northern Alberta.

Now it has set a deadline of February 2018 for Canada to show its plan to meet those recommendations and another deadline of December 2018 to show progress on that plan.

UNESCO experts, who visited the park last fall at the behest of First Nations, agreed with them that the park’s ecosystem was in jeopardy because of oil sands development, hydro dam construction and climate change impacts in the region.


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