From climactic change and war to mass tourism and invasive species, the heritage spots of the planet have always been in balance. The spots that are considered as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO or United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization obtain an official protection and status but sadly enough, there is not much that the United Nations can do to protect such spots from damage. There few specific places like the conflict-ridden nations like Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and Palestine which are always at the risk.
The UNESCO adds few more places to its already existing List of World Heritage in Danger and there are many more than just those that have been threatened by conflicts in the Middle East. Natural disaster, armed conflict and poor weather conditions can play a role in threaten the reason behind a property being included in the list of World Heritage. Here are few sites that you shouldn’t miss visiting.
As per what the UNESCO has to say, there are high chances that the skyscrapers projects that are coming up in Vienna are all set to ruin the historic skyline of this big city. On the River Danube, visitors visit for the musical legacy due to the fact that this was home to Beethoven and Mozart, Baroque castles, Imperial palaces like Schonbrunn and the famous Habsburg architecture. Luxury apartments, surging hotels and a skating rink are probably the last things that this grand city will ever need.
Rinforests of Sumatra, Indonesia
You will be rather surprised to know that there are even fewer than 15,000 animals left in the wilderness and the Orangutan, one of the crucially endangered species is on the threshold of becoming extinct. The orang-utan is called the old man of the forest and there was a time when they existed on the entire island, not only on Sumatra but also in Java. But now just 9 populations are existing over that entire place. As per what UNESCO has to say, the 3 national parks of Sumatra, Kerinci Seblat, Gunung Leuser and Bukit Barisan Selatan demonstrate the biggest potential for long-term conservation. Once you get an opportunity to visit any of them, you can be a witness to the best tigers, rhinos and elephants. For more travel related info, you may visit TripHobo.
Rio Platano, Honduras
Once you combine the biosphere reserve along with the others in Nicaraguan and Honduras, you will get the biggest forest area in Latin America which lies towards the north of Amazon. If you remember your geography classes, we’re then discussing about the rain-forested mountains, savannah, wetlands and coastal regions. One can find indigenous people, petroglyphs and several endangered animals. There are few species like the tapir, Mexican spider monkey and the anteater which are almost extinct but once you visit this place, you will find them all here. You can also be witness to the giant turtles and birds of more than 400 species.
Historic Center of Shakhrisyabz, Uzbekistan
For this, you just need to take 90 minutes drive southwards of Samarkand and only then you can reach Shakhrisyabz which is an ancient city in the region of Kesh which dates back to 2000 years. You will love the medieval walls and mosques with the blue domes. However, there is more to it than the usual mix of architectural styles than those in Samarkand. This place is facing enough pressure from tourist infrastructure and it’s over development.
Therefore, once you plan to visit the world heritage sites, don’t miss any of them that are mentioned above. You can even search for the other sites and visit them as well before it gets too late.