Affected by Climate Change

WHS where the OUV is already being eroded by effects of climate change (such as coral bleaching, retreat of the ice covers and rise in frequency / severity of wildfires).

Connected Sites

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Cape Floral Region Examples where climate change has facilitated the spread of invasive alien species include Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (South Africa) .. Climate change, which is stimulating the growth of invasive woody plants, as well as increased drying has increased fire intensity and frequency. (IUCN outlook 2020) Alien plants pose the most severe threat to the continued existence of Fynbos ecosystems.
East Rennell Changes and global warming are also a dangerous threat to the island, which is already suffering with more frequent and intense floods (Solomon Island Official Tourism 2017). In 2019, the SP reported that the impacts of climate change are increasingly felt by the communities in the ERWHP and that sea level rise has resulted in increasing water levels and salinity in Lake Tegano, reducing the harvest of taro and coconut. The SP also reported that long droughts are of particular concern. (IUCN reactive monitoring mission 2019). Also annual severe coral bleaching (IUCN Outlook 2020).
Garajonay Examples where climate change has facilitated the spread of invasive alien species include … Garajonay National Park (Spain). (IUCN outlook 2020)
Glacier parks The great threat comes from global warming and climate change, already happening. Warmer weather has caused a retreat of the ice covers, increasing landslides and coastal and continental erosion by water, changing the ecology and the whole environment. Populations of several species are strongly affected by the declining sea ice environment. (Coastal WHS)
Gondwana Rainforests Climate change is also associated with increasing frequency and severity of fires, as was exemplified by some sites which have faced unprecedented fires in 2019-2020, such as Gondwana Rainforests of Australia (Australia) (IUCN Outlook 2020). During the 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season, many regions of the Gondwana rainforest were devastated by bushfires affecting 53% of them. The combination of long-term drought (moisture deficiency) and extreme fire weather (high temperatures, strong winds, exceptionally low humidity) resulted in fire (2020 State of Conservation Report by State Party).
Great Barrier Reef Climate change and global warming are responsible for the rising of seawater temperature, producing bleaching, a phenomenon affecting coral by which they lose their natural color and die. It is now (2020) assessed by IUCN as having a “critical” outlook. In 2020, a study has found that Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its corals since 1995 due to warmer seas driven by climate change.
Guanacaste Climate change is threatening the heritage site. It is changing the altitudinal migration between the dry forest and the humid mountains of some species of birds, insects, and mammals (Colette 2009). The migration is expected to increase in coming years. Climate change has also reduced biodiversity in recent years. (Coastal WHS) Also Coral bleaching.
Kakadu National Park The forests continue to decline because of salinization driven by sea level rise associated with climate change (Bowman et al. 2010a). Climate change and global warming can also cause erosion in the tidal flats and swamps of mangroves, due the rising sea level (Coastal WHS).
Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve Climate change and extreme weather conditions are already affecting the World Heritage site itself, but also the butterfly habitat across the USA and Canada. Severe rain, snow and freezing temperatures caused mass mortalities of monarchs in the overwintering sites in 1981, 1992, 2002 and 2004, but particularly in March 2016. A severe storm and snowfalls in March 2016 also caused severe damage to many forest areas within the Biosphere Reserve (IUCN Outlook 2020).
Pantanal Climate change is also associated with increasing frequency and severity of fires, as was exemplified by some sites which have faced unprecedented fires in 2019-2020, such as Pantanal Conservation Area (Brazil). (IUCN Outlook 2020)
Te Wahipounamu Global warming is already changing the environment, especially on the coast, where erosion tends to increase. The problem is also serious in the glaciated areas: between 2000 and 2008, glaciers recessed in extensions of ca 3.7 km, and the melting tends to increase. (Coastal WHS)

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