World Heritage sites under threat

Irreplaceable, iconic landscapes, such as the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef, are under threat

31% of natural World Heritage sites are subject to extractive mining, despite protection from the UNESCO World Heritage Convention because of their ‘Outstanding Universal Value.’

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To better understand the scale of the threat, Aviva Investors, together with Investec Asset Management and the World Wildlife Fund, collaborated on a report. They uncovered new evidence of the threat to natural World Heritage Sites from extractive mining. 

31% of natural World Heritage Sites are currently subject to some form of extractive activity – either with active operations or through concessions that have been granted.

Aviva Investors have launched a collaborative investor engagement project to engage with extractive companies, and call for ‘no go’ commitments on World Heritage Sites. 

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