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In response, David Nussbaum, CEO of WWF-UK, said

'More and more extractives companies are recognising the business risk involved in activity that could threaten World Heritage sites. WWF research shows that 61% of natural world heritage sites in Africa are under threat from possible extraction or exploration, and 31% around the world. Protecting these special landscapes, which provide homes to hundreds of species and livelihoods for communities, is crucial if we are to safeguard their value.'

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The WWF report 'Safeguarding Outstanding Natural Value' is available online to download: click here to access the report.

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