ARTICLES RELATING TO UNESCO

Rwanda's Kagame heads to France for UN meeting

2015-02-26 14:25

Rwandan President Paul Kagame arrives in Paris, his spokesperson says, but for a UN meeting and is not expected to meet French officials while in the country, which he accuses of complicity in the 1994 genocide.

Ship grounding threatens Galapagos Islands

2015-02-01 07:15

Ecuadoran authorities have called for a state of emergency to be declared in the Galapagos Islands as they aimed to limit damage to the archipelago's pristine environment after a ship ran aground.

Multiple dangers threaten the Okavango Delta

2015-01-20 12:10

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of Africa's natural wonders, but the new Unesco World Heritage Site is facing a multitude of threats, which could lead to its ecological collapse.

Rare buddha relics found in Pakistan

2014-12-27 14:18

Archeologists have discovered rare relics of Buddha from the 3rd century at a Unesco World Heritage Site in Pakistan, officials say.

Bangladeshis use sponges to clean oil spill

2014-12-12 17:35

Bangladeshi villagers using sponges, shovels and even spoons have worked to clean up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins.

Unesco chief slams destruction of Iraq heritage

2014-11-02 15:56

Unesco chief Irina Bokova has slammed the "barbaric" destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage, as jihadists from the Islamic State group destroy age-old sites.

Fossil treasures at risk in Morocco desert town

2014-10-24 09:24

A rare and vanishing fossil treasure in the middle of a sprawling palm grove in Morocco's remote eastern desert, is at risk of over-excavation - threatening the site's archeological and cultural heritage.

Great Barrier Reef part of Aboriginal identity

2014-10-02 14:48

To the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder, boasting some of the rarest animals and plants. To some Aboriginal Australians it is home and requires protection.

Great Barrier Reef dumping plan could be shelved

2014-09-03 12:39

An India-backed mining consortium could shelve controversial plans to dump dredging waste in the Great Barrier Reef, with alternative sites on land being considered.

Australia launches 'Green Army' for environment

2014-08-02 12:30

Australia has launched its 'Green Army' which plans to recruit up to 15 000 young people for projects to conserve and rehabilitate the environment, the biggest land care mobilisation in the nation's history.

 

WWF calls for more Great Barrier Reef protection

2015-02-09 09:57

Conservation group WWF is stepping up pressure on Australia to do more to protect the Great Barrier Reef, launching a global campaign.

Saved Mali manuscripts threatened

2015-01-29 05:00

Saved from Islamic extremists, Mali manuscripts are facing damage in their new home.

India bans burning cow dung near Taj Mahal

2015-01-13 14:11

India has banned the burning of cow dung near the Taj Mahal amid fears the famed white-marbled mausoleum was turning yellow from air pollution, an official says.

Dead dolphin triggers fear after Bangladesh oil spill

2014-12-14 15:55

A dead dolphin has been found in Bangladesh's protected Sundarbans delta following an oil spill which has spread over several hundred square kilometres, heightening fears for the area's rare wildlife.

Australia bans dredge waste dumping on Barrier Reef

2014-11-13 16:25

Australia says it will ban the dumping of dredging waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef in a move welcomed by environmentalists as a first step towards a total halt.

Plan won't save Great Barrier Reef: Aussi scientists

2014-10-28 12:53

Australia's plans to protect the Great Barrier Reef are inadequate, short-sighted and will not prevent its decline, the country's pre-eminent grouping of natural scientists say.

Seychelles fears foreign bird invader

2014-10-17 07:40

It was just a feather: But in the Seychelles, the discovery of parakeet plumage has put environmentalists in a flutter, with a foreign invading bird threatening the national parrot.

New plan avoids mud dumping in Barrier Reef Park

2014-09-08 14:44

The government of Australia's Queensland state have approved a plan that will prevent 3 million cubic metres of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Australia warns of poor outlook for Barrier Reef

2014-08-12 15:06

Australia's Great Barrier Reef remains under threat despite efforts to rein in major sources of damage to the World Heritage-listed icon, the government says.

Africa's oldest nature park counts on sustainability

2014-06-30 12:25

People living in and around Africa's oldest wildlife reserve - Virunga National Park - threatened by armed groups and oil prospectors, are pinning their hopes on sustainable development projects.

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