Location and Values: The Giant’s Causeway lies at the foot of coastal basalt cliffs on the edge of the Antrim plateau in Northern Ireland. It is made up of some 40,000 massive black basalt columns sticking out of the sea, like a paved highway. The dramatic sight has inspired legends of giants striding over the sea to Scotland.
Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s recent Conservation Outlook Assessment there is significant concern over the conservation status of this site. The IUCN report notes that ‘because of its inherent robustness against anthropogenic impact and the effective management of the property itself, the conservation outlook for the site’s geological values is good. At the same time, the conservation outlook for the exceptional natural beauty of the site, which depends on of the integrity of the surrounding landscape, is of significant concern, mainly because of the planned and approved tourism development project in the immediate vicinity of the site and potential additional development projects in the future.’
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