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Wood Buffalo National Park still on environmental threat list; UNESCO calls for action on oilsands – National Observer

July 5th 2023

A United Nations body has affirmed earlier findings that Canada’s largest national park remains under environmental threats from dams, oilsands development and climate change.

The UNESCO report, issued Friday, concludes that the vast Wood Buffalo National Park on the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary shouldn’t lose its place on the list of World Heritage Sites at this time. Some things in the park, such as whooping crane numbers, are improving.

But it adds that about half of what makes the park a special place is deteriorating, mostly because of water quality and quantity.

“Major concerns remain about the lack of progress in addressing cumulative impacts from industrial developments around the property,” the report says.

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