Upper Florentine - part of 172,000 hectares added to Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in 2013. Photo by Kip Nunn

Have you visited many World Heritage Areas such as the Sumatran rainforests, home to orangutans, Machu Picchu, or Russia’s Lake Baikal, which contains Earth’s largest body of freshwater?

Unfortunately many World Heritage properties like these are threatened.

The UN World Heritage Convention lists 220 natural properties of ‘Outstanding Universal Value’, the loss of which would impoverish humanity. These properties contain some of the world’s most important ecosystems. They include jungles in the Amazon, temperate forest in Russia, Australia, North America and Europe, savannah woodlands in Africa where herds of elephants and wildebeests roam, and superb examples of the Earth’s marine environment.

However 19 natural properties are formally listed as ‘In Danger’, with many more coming under serious threat from poaching, logging, mining, dams, corruption, poor management and climate change.

Threatened World Heritage Sites include:

1. The 2.5-million-hectare Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Earth’s last refuge for orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos living together in the wild. It was placed on the “In Danger’ List in 2011 due to poaching, illegal logging and encroachment by palm-oil plantations. Since then, a further 300,000 ha have been damaged.

Geoff Law and I have set up a crowdfunder here and a friend has made a 2 minute video about us and what we are doing which you can view here: