UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada threatened most often by oil, gas and mining
Physical resource extraction accounts for 31% of threats against natural and cultural sites since 1985
By Samuel Danzon-Chambaud, CBC News
Mining and oil and gas extraction account for nearly a third of threats to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada over the last 30 years, according to the international organization.
A total of 75 threats against nine designated natural and cultural sites have been documented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s State of Conservation database since 1985.
Of those, 23 belong to a category called “physical resource extraction,” which consists of mining and oil and gas operations.
The next most common threat types are management and institutional factors (13), service infrastructure (10), transportation infrastructure (8) and buildings and development (7).
Most of the threats occurred between 2000 and 2013.
Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta was the subject of the greatest number those reports, with nine in total, followed by the Historic District of Old Québec and Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, which each had eight.
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