Recently, we learned that Spain faces the possibility of entering UNESCO’s “risk” list, making it the first EU member state which is in such a position, as the Doñana wetlands in Andalusia are threatened with drying out and the Iberian lynx is threatened with them. This, however, is only one of the world’s most beautiful sight-seeing sites. See which other Unesco World Heritage Sites are on the Danger List and … get ahead as early as possible.
Everglades National Park, Florida
Florida can be renowned for nightlife, parties and beaches, but among all of this, Everglades adds its own littoral, swamps, nature and rare, endangered animal species – such as the Florida Panther and the sea elephant – on an area of 2,357 square meters. According to Unesco, environmental pollution and reduced water flows contribute to the loss of marine life, the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls
Jerusalem is the holy city of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with the Old City hosting 220 historical monuments, including great pilgrims’ sights, such as the Vatican Dome (where Abraham was sacrificed) and the Tear of the Tears. Unesco’s concern lies in the Israeli illegal excavations in the Old City, which destroy historic monuments. In addition, UNESCO accuses Israel of blocking rehabilitation works, and efforts are being made to limit the damage.
Coral reef of Belize
The Great Blue Hole, the North Response to Australia’s Great Coral Reef, seems to be heading for the danger list, hosting a host of endangered species, including the sea turtle, the American marine crocodile, the sea elephant, . Threats are identified by overexploitation of oil resources and oil exploitation, but if we think about 15% of Belize’s Gross Domestic Product comes from the reef, surely it will have to be taken to protect it so that wildlife can be saved and the economy.
Abu Mena, Egypt
This christian holy city, an important part of the pilgrims in the Middle Ages, includes churches, basilicas, monasteries, houses, workshops, public buildings and many others built on the tomb of the witness Minas of Alexandria, one of the most famous saints in Egypt. Agricultural work in the area, however, has led to an increase in groundwater, causing instability and collapse of buildings, with many underground cavities being constantly created. The local authorities were forced to fill the cavities with sand to save the buildings, including the Abu Mena crypt, which includes the saint’s tomb.
Tropical forest, Sumatra, Indonesia
This tropical forest, a legacy of the wild Indonesian island of Sumatra, extends into 3 national parks and is a protected area that hosts a host of endangered animals and plants, including Sumatra’s endemic orecot. Besides, however, the island provides biogeographical evidence of the evolution of the island, which is important. The risk is now found in road development plans, illegal logging and illegal animal hunting. If you happen to stay at the Ayana Komodo, you should definitely make a stop there.
Archaeological zone Chan Chan, Peru
Chan Chan’s capital, Chimu, before passing to the Incas, is a huge, collapsed colony, divided into 9 forts, with churches, squares and cemeteries still distinct. Unfortunately, however, this excellent example of architecture is at risk due to the extreme environmental events of the region, including those caused by the El Niño meteorological phenomenon.
Tropical forests of Atsinanana, Madagascar
The island of strange and beautiful beings, Madagascar, has been separated from all the other terrestrial masses more than 60 million years ago, so its plants and animals have evolved into absolute isolation. The unique biodiversity of the place, however, depends on the tropical forests of Atsinanana, which make up 6 national parks. Illegal timber and hunting, however, are a major problem for the region.