UNEP-WCMC has published a report presenting the results of a study into potential overlap between extractive industries and natural World Heritage sites. At the time of this study, the UNESCO World Heritage (WH) list included 217 properties recognized for their natural outstanding universal value.
UNEP-WCMC, with inputs from a number of partners including ICMM, conducted an analysis at the global level of the association between the IHS and SNL global datasets on extractive activities and natural WH sites. Noting the inherent limitations of using global data for site-scale analysis, the report provides statistical and geographical data on the extent of potential overlap indicated by the global extractives datasets.
The report provides discussions and conclusions and suggests possible next steps.