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International Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species April 22,2019   |  Source: UNESCO

International Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22 April to remind us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with sustenance, and that we have a collective responsibility to achieve balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations.

This year’s Earth Day highlights the importance of protecting species. World Heritage sites are home to the world’s most exceptional species on earth. The marine environment of the Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve (Russian Federation), for example, is an increasingly important feeding ground for the Gray whale migrating from Mexico, some of them coming from the World Heritage site Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino (Mexico). Wrangel Island is also the breeding habitat of Asia’s only Snow goose population, which is slowly making a recovery from catastrophically low levels.

In many places of the world, World Heritage sites are nature’s last strongholds of endangered species. Nearly a third of all marine sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List are threatened by unsustainable or illegal fisheries

The challenges facing World Heritage conservation, combined with the effects of climate change, are unprecedented in human history. The need for joint and collective collaboration among


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