UNESCO World Heritage sites typically draw an increase in tourism for host countries. With that honor comes the great and sometimes expensive responsibility for conversation and preservation. When countries fail to honor those requirements, they face the "World Heritage Danger" list before potentially being de-listed altogether. The threat of losing the UNESCO World Heritage site designation is usually enough to kick countries into gear by spurring sustainable development plans, with a heavy focus on the conservation of these unique cultural locations. Hopefully, this discovery will now spur a deeper commitment to the preservation of Peru's Nazca Plain.
This vital discovery sheds light on the deep history and shows how vital local conservation efforts are for the world. History often speaks of the Nazca people, but discussions neglect the Paracas culture from which the Nazca likely descended. The Paracas developed sophisticated medical technologies and made advancements in agriculture thanks to adept water management and irrigation techniques, and the impact on the world goes much deeper than the Nazca Lines.