The World Heritage Convention was designed to promote the protection of natural and cultural sites of outstanding universal value. While the Convention itself does not offer specific legal protective measures—listing is primarily honorific in nature—Article 11(4) of the Convention calls for naming World Heritage sites that are in danger of losing the special characteristics that made them eligible for the list, either from natural or human actions. Currently, the World Heritage Committee has named 55 sites as being in such danger. Now a site in northwest Canada is in danger of being added to the list of World Heritage sites in danger—in this case from industrial development.
Wood Buffalo National Park at risk of losing international heritage designation
By The Canadian Press
June 6, 2017