28 Jun '18, 3pm

Belize Barrier Reef gets UNESCO upgrade

Belize Barrier Reef gets UNESCO upgrade

UNESCO has announced that the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, which it added to the World Heritage List in 1996, has been removed from its list of ‘sites in danger.’ The system’s seven sites are a significant habitat for threatened species, including sea turtles, manatees, and marine crocodiles. The area is also a popular tourist destination and global hotspot for diving. The site was added to UNESCO’s list of sites in danger in 2009 due to the destruction of mangrove forests and marine ecosystems, the looming threat of offshore oil extraction, and unsustainable coastal development. UNESCO has announced that the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System , which it added to the World Heritage List in 1996, has been removed from its list of ‘sites in danger.’ The system contains the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls popular with divers, hundreds o...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/06/belize-barrier-reef-res...

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