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From the Malay Mail in Malaysia:
Submitted by Najiah on Thursday, July 29th, 2010
Thursday, July 29th, 2010 11:16:00
BRASILIA: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) Wednesday removed the Galapagos Islands from its list of endangered sites, thanks to Ecuador’s protective efforts, reports China’s Xinhua news agency.
“The local government’s continued efforts to strengthen conservation measures were well received by the Committee, in particular the treatment related to invasive species,” the committee said in a statement.
Located some 1,000 km west of the Ecuadorian coast in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos archipelago consists of 13 main islands and 17 islets and is reputed to be a “living museum and showcase of evolution.”
Following its entry into the World Heritage List in 1978, the WHC in 2007 added it to the List of World Heritage in Danger due to invasive species, uncontrolled tourism and overfishing.
“Significant progress was made by Ecuador to address the problems,” noted the committee, which is holding a meeting in Brasilia till Aug 3 to examine the condition of World Heritage sites.
Meanwhile, the WHC decided to add the Tombs of Buganda Kings in Uganda to its list of endangered world heritage sites. The Ugandan site was heavily damaged by a fire in March.
Dubbing the property “an extraordinary example of architectural style developed by the Buganda kingdom dating back to the 13th century,” the committee said the site will be rebuilt.
The List of World Heritage in Danger currently contains 31 World Heritage sites, whose “outstanding universal value” is threatened by pollution, urbanisation, poorly organised mass tourism, wars or natural disasters.
Meanwhile, the WHC is reviewing 32 new sites which are candidates for the World Heritage List. The list now contains 890 properties, including 689 cultural, 176 natural and 25 mixed sites in 148 countries.
Galapagos off the danger list but: “Tourism could destroy the islands”: here.
Following the recommendations of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), important rainforest areas in Madagascar and the Everglades National Park (USA) have been added to the List of World Heritage in Danger at the World Heritage annual meeting, currently taking place in Brasilia: here.
Photos: New natural wonders added to World Heritage list: here.
World Heritage Site shame for UK territories: here.