VENICE AND PISA AMONG

THREAT­ENED HER­ITAGE SITES

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - HAVE YOU HEARD? -

Iconic build­ings and sites from the lean­ing tower of Pisa to the canal streets of Venice are in dan­ger of be­ing in­un­dated by ris­ing sea lev­els, ac­cord­ing to a new study. Sci­en­tists iden­ti­fied 47 key cul­tural lo­ca­tions across the Mediter­ranean that are likely to face se­vere flood­ing and ero­sion by the end of the cen­tury. The re­gion is home to dozens of Unesco world her­itage sites, many of which are found along the coasts. While cli­mate change has been recog­nised as threat to some of these sites, sea level rise has rarely been in­cor­po­rated into man­age­ment plans for their fu­ture preser­va­tion. A re­cent UN re­port found that coastal re­gions are some of the most vul­ner­a­ble to cli­mate change, with mil­lions likely to be forced from their homes in the com­ing decades as ris­ing tides make flood­ing the norm and con­tam­i­nate fresh­wa­ter sup­plies. Coastal pro­tec­tions are a fea­si­ble adap­ta­tion strat­egy for Unesco sites, and the au­thors of the new Na­ture Com­mu­ni­ca­tions pa­per rec­om­mended that such mea­sures should be in­te­grated into the sites they iden­ti­fied.

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