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Sites in Danger

SiteYear Reason
Abu Mena2001Dramatic rise in water table
Air and Téneré1992region in which this site is situated has been affected by civil disturbance
Aleppo2013Together with all 5 other Syrian WHS, due to Civil War
Ancient villages of Northern Syria2013Together with all 5 other Syrian WHS, due to Civil War
Ashur2003Dam proposal; state of war in the country
Bagrati Cathedral and Gelati Monastery2010"The Committee expressed its serious concern about irreversible interventions carried out on the site as part of a major reconstruction project. The Committee believes this project will undermine the integrity and authenticity of the site and should be immediately halted." (unesco)
Bamiyan Valley2003"suffered from abandonment, military action and dynamite explosions. Parts of the site are inaccessible due to the presence of antipersonnel mines."
Battir2014As consequence of the Emergency Nomination: construction of a separation Wall
Belize Barrier Reef2009Due to mangrove cutting and excessive development
Bethlehem2012Inscribed on an emergency basis
Bosra2013Together with all 5 other Syrian WHS, due to Civil War
Chan Chan1986Conservation, restoration and management measures to be taken. Control the plundering of the site
Coro and its Port2005Deep concern over gradual and considerable deterioration in the state of conservation
Crac des Chevaliers2013Together with all 5 other Syrian WHS, due to Civil War
Cyrene2016Simultaneously with the four other World Heritage sites of Libya "because of damage caused by the conflict affecting the country and the threat of further damage it poses".
Damascus2013Together with all 5 other Syrian WHS, due to Civil War
Djenné2016Due to insecurity in the area
East Rennell2013Due to logging
Everglades2010"..because of serious and continuing degradation of its aquatic ecosystem. The inscription was made at the request of the United States." (Unesco)
Everglades1993"...following damage caused by Hurricane Andrew and a marked deterioration in water flows and quality resulting from agricultural and urban development." (Unesco)
Garamba National Park1996impact of the war and civil conflicts in the Great Lakes region.
Garamba National Park1984very critical situation of the white rhinoceros population, now estimated to total less than 15 specimens
Ghadames2016Simultaneously with the four other World Heritage sites of Libya "because of damage caused by the conflict affecting the country and the threat of further damage it poses".
Hatra2015Due to intentional destruction by ISIS
Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town2017At inscription on Emergency Basis
Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works2005"Extremely fragile nature of the buildings; Lack of maintenance for 40 years; Vandalism due to looting of re-usable materials; Damage caused by the wind"
Kahuzi-Biega National Park1997impact of the war and civil conflicts in the Great Lakes region
Leptis Magna2016Simultaneously with the four other World Heritage sites of Libya "because of damage caused by the conflict affecting the country and the threat of further damage it poses".
Liverpool2012"due to the proposed construction of Liverpool Waters, a massive redevelopment of the historic docklands"
Manovo-Gounda St. Floris1997poaching and illegal grazing
Medieval Monuments in Kosovo2006Difficulties to monitor the property due to political instability, post-conflict situation
Minaret of Jam2002Lack of protection
Mount Nimba1992dangers of exploitation of the iron-ore mine and the arrival of large numbers of refugees
Nan Madol2016conservation project needed
Niokolo-Koba National Park2007Critically low mammal populations, the ongoing management problems and the impacts of the proposed new dam on the Gambia river a few kilometres upstream of the park
Okapi Wildlife Reserve1997impact of the war and civil conflicts in the Great Lakes region
Old City of Jerusalem1982severe destruction followed by a rapid urbanization
Palmyra2013Together with all 5 other Syrian WHS, due to Civil War
Portobelo-San Lorenzo2012"site .. is deteriorating at a rate which could undermine the outstanding universal value for which it was inscribed."
Potosi2014uncontrolled mining operations, instability and risk of collapse of the Cerro Rico
Rainforests of the Atsinanana2010"The Committee noted that despite a decree outlawing the exploitation and export of rosewood and ebony, Madagascar continues to provide export permits for illegally logged timber." (Unesco)
Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve2011threatened by illegal activities
Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve1996agricultural intrusion and the implementation of land reform programmes
Sabratha2016Simultaneously with the four other World Heritage sites of Libya "because of damage caused by the conflict affecting the country and the threat of further damage it poses".
Salonga National Park1999Poaching and illegal encroachments
Samarra2007Needs preventive measures and conservation
Sana'a2015damage due to armed conflict
Selous Game Reserve2014Due to poaching
Shakhrisyabz2016Due to demolition of traditional housing areas
Shibam2015under potential threat from armed conflict, in addition to already existing problems
Tadrart Acacus2016Simultaneously with the four other World Heritage sites of Libya "because of damage caused by the conflict affecting the country and the threat of further damage it poses".
Timbuktu2012threatened by armed conflict & to prevent trafficking in cultural objects from there
Timbuktu1990threat of sand encroachment
Tomb of Askia2012threatened by armed conflict & to prevent trafficking in cultural objects from the site
Tombs of Buganda Kings2010"In March 2010, fire almost completely destroyed the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga building, the main structure at the site which contained four royal Buganda tombs. The property, an outstanding example of an architectural style developed by the Buganda Kingdom since the 13th century, will be reconstructed." (unesco)
Tropical Rainforest Sumatra2011four proposed roads, ongoing encroachment, poaching and illegal logging
Vienna2017due to high-rise projects
Virunga National Park1994impact of the war and civil conflicts in the Great Lakes region.
Zabid2000Condition of the historic buildings

Sites Formerly in Danger

YearSiteReason
Angkor1992urgent problems of conservation
Bahla Fort1988Degradation of the structures
Bam Cultural Landscape2004earthquake
Butrint1997Site of Butrinti and its museum were looted during the civil disturbances in Albania
Cologne Cathedral2004Visual impact of high-rise building projects
Comoé National Park2003Civil unrest, poaching and lack of effective management mechanisms
Djoudj2000Threat by the introduced species Salvinia molesta
Djoudj1984threatened by a large hydro-agricultural project
Dubrovnik1991armed conflict
Fort and Shalamar Gardens2000Major operations are necessary to protect
Galapagos Islands2007Serious conservation threats have intensified
Hampi1999Integrity threats, construction of two cable-suspended bridges
Ichkeul National Park1996construction of two dams had limited freshwater flow and devastated the wetland values
Iguacu1999Four issues: The Colon road, helicopter flights, dams on the Iguacu River, and management planning.
Kathmandu Valley2003Loss of authenticity and threat of uncontrolled development
Kotor1979earthquake
Los Katios National Park2009"To help mobilize international support for the preservation of the property which is threatened by, notably, deforestation in areas inside and around the property due to the illegal extraction of timber"
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary1992damage caused by the invasion of this Sanctuary by militants from the Bodo tribe
Mtskheta2009Concerns over preservation (deterioration of stone work and frescoes)
Ngorongoro1984Management shortcomings
Plitvice Lakes1992Due to hostilities in neighbouring villages
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras2001Abandoning of the terraces
Royal Palaces of Abomey1985considerable damage caused by the 1984 tornado
Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara2004Continuing deterioration and serious threats
Rwenzori Mountains1999Security situation
Sangay National Park1992heavy poaching of wildlife, illegal livestock grazing and encroachment
Simien National Park1996deterioration of the Walia ibex population and other large mammals (such as bushbuck and bushpig) have become extremely rare; loss of biodiversity, encroachment at the borders of the site, impacts of the road construction
Srebarna Nature Reserve1992"series of upstream interferences, including the Iron Gates Dam, have permanently altered the natural hydrology of the Danube River in the region and that of Srebarna, located downstream along the river"
Tipasa2002Integrity of the site
Walled City of Baku2003Loss of authenticity due in part to the earthquake in 2000 and to the urban development pressures
Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines1989serious degradation of this property (cave-ins, water seepage)
Yellowstone1995proposed mining activity adjacent to the park boundary

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