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World Monuments Fund Spotlights 25 Endangered Cultural Sites

Parks, buildings and cultural sites in Brazil, China, Egypt and the U.S. are deteriorating because of climate change and unsustainable tourism.

The Great Temple of Abydos, Egypt.

The Great Temple of Abydos, Egypt.

Source: World Monuments Fund

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An organization devoted to safeguarding endangered monuments and cultural sites has identified 25 places around the world threatened by climate change, imbalanced tourism and underrepresentation in government affairs.

The World Monuments Fund’s panels of international heritage experts chose the candidates for its biennial list from 225 sites nominated by local advocacy groups. Once selected, the WMF works with those local groups to plan advocacy and conservation efforts. Since its creation in 1996 with founding sponsor American Express Co., the WMF has donated over $110 million toward preservation projects at more than 300 watch sites, according to a WMF press release.