Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New UNESCO Sites

Ogasawara Islands, Japan
Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) revises its list of world heritage sites.  The initiative to designate buildings, towns, landscapes, and other materials on an international scale began in 1972 following the ratification of the convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage.   

This year's UNESCO meeting was held in June in Paris, France.  During this meeting 25 additional heritage sites gained UNESCO designation.  A range of sites were added, however the majority of the sites fall under the cultural heritage type of designation.  The 25 additional sites include: 
 Additionally, the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras) and the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (Indonesia) were added to the World Heritage in Danger list.

1 comment:

Kayla said...

I've been to the Nigaloo Coast, Its beautiful! We did a glass bottom boat ride over the reef. Its just as amazing as theGreat Barrier Reef on the other side of the country.