World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate


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Report launched by UNESCO & UNEP

Climate change is fast becoming one of the most significant risks for World Heritage sites, according to the report "World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate" released recently by UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

This report and its case studies in 6 regions demonstrate the urgent need to better understand, monitor and address climate change threats to World Heritage sites. The requirements of the binding Policy Document on the Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Properties that was adopted by the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention at its 16th session, as well as the 2006 Strategy to Assist States Parties to the Convention to Implement Appropriate Management Responses, should be fully implemented. Additional action should be taken to increase the resilience of cultural and natural heritage and reduce the impacts of both climate change and tourism. This report provided detailed recommendations intended for the international community, States Parties, government policy makers, the tourism industry and site management authorities