Nan Madol, Micronesia
Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization recognizes cultural and natural sites for their outstanding value to humanity, ranging from beautiful natural landscapes to humankind’s most ingenious constructions.
But as storms batter coastlines, development encroaches on wildlife habitats, and armed conflict devastates communities, millennia of humanity’s shared heritage are at risk.
Established in 1972, Article 11.4 of the 1972 UNESCO convention instituted the List of World Heritage in Danger to recognize sites in need of protection from a wide range of threats, including urban and tourism development, armed conflict, natural disasters, and abandonment. The aim of the list is to increase international awareness, encourage countermeasures, and thwart future damage.
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