UNESCO’s Reactive Monitoring mission to Wood Buffalo National Park ends after review of progress on implementation of World Heritage Action Plan

UNESCO’s Reactive Monitoring mission to Wood Buffalo National Park ends after review of progress on implementation of World Heritage Action Plan

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GATINEAU, QC, August 29, 2022

GATINEAUQC, August 29, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Representatives from the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently completed a nine-day visit to Wood Buffalo National Park and the World Monument Heritage. The World Heritage Committee first visited the park in 2016 and requested a second visit July 2021. Over the course of nine days, visiting experts were provided with first-hand accounts of the shared commitments and important work being done by Indigenous nations and communities, governments and other partners to protect and preserve the Outstanding Universal Value for which Wood Buffalo The National Park has gained international recognition as a World Heritage Site.

Indigenous nations and communities, provincial and territorial governments, federal departments and non-governmental organizations all participated in the mission and helped provide information on collaborative activities undertaken and achievements since the launch of the Wood Buffalo National Park Action Plan 2019 for the world heritage site. Two-thirds of the Action Plan’s 138 actions have either been completed or are underway, and all partners continue to prioritize the conservation and restoration of Wood Buffalo National Park, including the government Canada which has made an unprecedented investment of it 87 million dollars for the implementation of the Action Plan.

The UNESCO mission learned more about the importance of water flows in the Peace-Athabasca Delta and shared water management efforts in Wood Buffalo National Park to promote ecological gains and support traditional indigenous use. UNESCO visitors also learned more about the impacts of climate change, the recovery of key species and the importance of interweaving indigenous and western knowledge systems in making management decisions for the national park and implementing the 2019 Action Plan.

In the coming months, the Mission’s experts will submit a report and recommendations on the overall state of conservation of the park to the World Heritage Committee.

Wood Buffalo National Park’s Outstanding Global Value continues to be preserved and protected through rigorous research and respectful collaboration and dialogue, while striving to promote reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The gains achieved to date from the implementation of the Action Plan are the product of joint efforts and cooperation. Future successes in the conservation of the park will depend significantly on the continued collective commitment of all partners to manage the lands and waters of this important protected area.

Learn more about Wood Buffalo National Park and World Heritage Sites by reading the conservation status and action plan reports available at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nt/woodbuffalo/ info/action.

SOURCE Parks Canada

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