Tuesday, May 6, 2014

'Absolute travesty' if Gros Morne National Park loses world heritage status

 Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gros Morne National Park, known for its stunning, sweeping landscape that’s showcased in Canadian tourism ads, may lose its world heritage site designation if it’s not protected from the oil industry.

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization could reconsider Gros Morne’s status if Canada doesn’t take steps to protect the park’s natural beauty and geology. UNESCO might recommend Canada set up a buffer zone around Gros Morne to prevent nearby fracking activities from coming too close and causing it harm. The issue will be up for discussion at UNESCO's next meeting in June.

Alison Woodley, national director of the parks program at the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, said Canada’s tourism industry would be damaged by the loss of Gros Morne’s world heritage site status.

“That would be an absolute travesty for Canada,” Woodley told CTV News Channel on Friday.
Gros Morne has been a world heritage site since 1987. It’s beloved among tourists for its mountainous, picturesque landscape and valued by geologists as a site for studying the evolution of plate tectonics.


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