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Is Wood Buffalo National Park’s world heritage status in jeopardy?

By David Schindler      

A significant implication of the report is that Canada is given a single chance to implement 17 recommendations to avoid having WBNP placed on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger, a significant international black eye.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna called the report a 'call to action.' For the sake of this globally important ecosystem, let’s hope the actions are 'major,' 'adequately funded' and 'timely' to use the words of the report, writes David Schindler. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

After years of governments ignoring their concerns about mounting changes to Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) and its ecological centerpiece, the Peace-Athabasca Delta (PAD), the Mikisew Cree First Nation took their concerns to the United Nations’ World Heritage Committee in 2014. This precipitated a 10-day UNESCO Reactive Monitoring Mission to WBNP, which took place in the fall of 2016 and heard from indigenous groups, industry, government, academia and others.

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