World Heritage in danger
Of all the World Heritage sites, just over 30 are on the List of World Heritage in Danger. This list was drawn up to attract the public’s attention to various global problems and achieve rapid action to preserve the (now threatened) characteristics, for which a property was inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Serious threats include environmental destruction, mass tourism, war and natural disasters. Word Heritage in Danger includes the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Yellowstone National Park in the US and all World Heritage sites in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The World Heritage Fund is financed through one per cent of UNESCO’s membership fees, grants, and international fund-raising. Its most important aim is to finance emergency preservation action for sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger.