Climate Change Essay

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THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON WORLD HERITAGE PROPERTIES Background 1 Preparation of the Expert Meeting of the World Heritage Convention on the Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage 1. The World Heritage Committee at its 29th session (Decision 29 COM 7B.a – Annex 1) requested the World Heritage Centre, in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies, interested States Parties and petitioners who had drawn the attention of the Committee to this issue, to convene a broad working group of experts on the impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage. The Committee took this decision noting “that the impacts of Climate Change are affecting many and are likely to affect many more World Heritage properties, both natural and cultural in the years to come”. The Committee requested the broad working group of experts to: a) review the nature and scale of the risks posed to World Heritage properties arising specifically from Climate Change; b) jointly develop a strategy to assist States Parties to implement appropriate management responses; and c) prepare a joint report on “Predicting and Managing the Effects of Climate Change on World Heritage” to be examined by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006). 2. The World Heritage Committee also accepted the generous offer by the State Party of the United Kingdom to host such a meeting of the working group of experts. 3. The expert meeting of the World Heritage Convention on “Climate Change and World Heritage”, whose mandate was established by Paragraphs 7 and 9 of the afore-mentioned Decision 29 COM 7B.a, took place on 16 and 17 March, 2006 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. 2 Organization of the Expert Meeting 4. The meeting was prepared after a rigorous and extensive consultation process between a core group, comprising the World

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