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Explosive Letter From UNESCO Warns Dorset Wind Farm Could Compromise World Heritage Status

  • Proposed wind farm would place 194 turbines off the Jurassic Coast
  • Letter warns turbines will obscure view of the Isle of Wight
  • UNESCO review found project would have a ‘significant impact’ on the site

UNESCO has warned that plans for a wind farm of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast could compromise its status as a World Heritage Site.

The organisation has waded into the row over a controversial wind farm, writing an explosive letter to Whitehall outlining serious concerns about the project.

UNESCO also stressed that Britain could be in breach of the World Heritage Convention, which dictates that individual countries have a duty to ensure the ‘identification, protection, conservation and presentation’ of their World Heritage Site.

The director of UNESCO ends the letter by urging the relevant authorities to take the comments into account when deciding to grant the wind farm permission.

While it wasn’t outlined in the letter, some experts claim that if the wind farm goes ahead, the Jurassic Coast could be placed on UNESCO’s endangered list, meaning its status is in serious jeopardy.

The letter has been sent to the Department for Culture Media and Sport, which is responsible for managing England’s only natural World Heritage Site.

Earlier this year the department wrote to UNESCO, claiming the government-backed wind farm, called Navitus Bay, won’t impact on the Jurassic Coast.

The body then commissioned its own advisory body, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to look further into the matter and the letter is the result of the report.   Continue reading here……

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3 Comments on “Explosive Letter From UNESCO Warns Dorset Wind Farm Could Compromise World Heritage Status”

  1. cornwallwindwatch May 27, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    Cornwall should lose it’s status looking at the state of the place.

  2. sandcanyongal May 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    It would be insane for a developer to be allowed to install 194 wind turbines in this pristine location. Your government officials and the developer belong in prison for life or given the death penalty.

  3. Lois Lane - MAWT May 27, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Reblogged this on Mothers Against Wind Turbines Inc..

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