UNESCO mission to Wood Buffalo National Park postponed

woodbuffaloA joint UNESCO World Heritage Centre and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reactive monitoring mission to Wood Buffalo National Park, has been delayed  at the request of the Government of Canada.

The visit was scheduled to take place from May 26 to June 4, 2016, but the devastating impact from fires in Fort McMurray has forced the postponement. 

Reactive monitoring missions are carried out around the world as an act of due diligence by UNESCO and the World Heritage Centre to assess potential threats to the Outstanding Universal Value of World Heritage Sites. They are a valuable tool to assist the State Party and local managers in the ongoing protection of these internationally important treasures.

Parks Canada has thanked the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and IUCN for their understanding and said that it looked forward to welcoming the mission in the near future.

The Wood Buffalo National Park is Canada’s largest national park and one of the largest in the world. It was established in 1922 to protect the last remaining herds of bison in northern Canada. Today, it protects an outstanding and representative example of Canada’s Northern Boreal Plains. – CNW

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