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UNESCO releases atlas of endangered heritage sites

Paris, France: The United States Geological Survey (USGS) in association with United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) produced an atlas. Recently, it was unveiled by Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova and United States Ambassador to UNESCO David Killion. It contains detailed satellite images of world’s heritage sites in danger. It highlights sites which face a range of threats, from pillaging to natural disasters, pollution, mass tourism and armed conflict.

According to a news release issued by UNESCO, in recent years, satellite images have become an important tool for world heritage site managers to track the evolution of wildlife habitats, human encroachment and agricultural activity and damages caused by climate change.

To make the most of this technology UNESCO has established partnerships with leading space agencies such as NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and agencies in France and Germany.

Source: UN