Monday, 16 June 2014

Natural world sites being recommended for listing as new World Heritage Sites

Posted by: Kevin Heath / 5 hours ago

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) have begun the 39th meeting of the World Heritage Sites Committee in Doha, Qatar. Over the next few days the members will be looking at the state of the world’s prime wildlife and natural world sites.

They will also be looking at naming a number of new sites which are of particular importance for protecting the natural world. The following sites are being recommended for inclusion onto the list because of their importance to the natural world.

Okavango Delta, Botswana.
The Okavango Delta is a stunning wetland in Africa. It is a river delta that is classed as an endorheic delta – or an inland delta. It does not discharge its waters into a sea but into the Kalahari Desert. The delta covers 1.8 million hectares with 600,000 being permanent swamp and the remainder being flooded grasslands.

The amount of area to be included as World Heritage Site will be just over 2 million hectares and there will be an additional 2.3 million hectares set up as a buffer zone to protect the core area.

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