Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Coral Reefs

With the report ‘Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Coral Reefs’, the UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre released the first global scientific assessment of climate change impacts on World Heritage coral reefs. Soaring ocean temperatures in the past three years have subjected 21 of 29 World Heritage reefs to severe and/or repeated heat stress, and caused some of the worst bleaching ever observed at iconic sites like the Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Papahānaumokuākea (USA), the Lagoons of New Caledonia (France) and Aldabra Atoll (Seychelles). The analysis predicts that all 29 coral-containing World Heritage sites would cease to exist as functioning coral reef ecosystems by the end of this century under a business-as-usual emissions scenario.

The assessment can be downloaded on the website of UNESCO through the link below.

Categories

  • Impacts, Risk & Adaptation

Tags

  • Climate impacts
  • Ecosystems
  • Loss & Damage