Africa could soon lose its cultural heritage sites

Natural and cultural sites in Africa are under threat from poaching, uncontrolled human development, invasive species and civil unrest.

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), despite the continent having less than 10 per cent of sites on the World Heritage list, it has more than 40 per cent on the list of World Heritage sites in danger.

IUCN is now warning that the continent could lose some of its most important heritage Sites if nothing is done to save the situation.

The major threat to the continent’s natural sites, at the moment, is commercial and subsistence hunting, which has so far affected 23 sites and is expected to spread to others as the demand for wildlife products increases.