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The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has issued a warning about the of the world's natural World Heritage sites. It says of the sites are at from different industries. The WWF warned that harmful activities such as mining, dredging or drilling for are endangering the future of 114 of 229 sites. Other adding to the risk include illegal and unsustainable water use. All of these are in addition to the damage being done by climate change. The WWF says the sites affected include Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon National Park in the USA, and China's Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, which are to more than 30 per cent of the world's pandas.

The of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre said it was up to to protect these sites. She said: "World Heritage is humankind's heritage, and the for its conservation is shared by everyone." She welcomed government at reducing what they take from the Earth, saying: "The WWF's comes at a time when governments and the private around the world are stepping up their action against harmful extractive ." However, the WWF said that more than 11 million people rely on World Heritage sites for food, water, shelter, jobs and medicine, and that non-stop development could harm as well as the environment.

 
 

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