UNESCO crowns more heritage sites

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UNESCO crowns more heritage sites

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UNESCO has announced further additions to its World Heritage List.

In Europe, an extension has been given to the Pirin National Park in Bulgaria, which was first added to the list in 1983. The extension now covers an area of 40,000 hectares in the Pirin Mountains.

Another natural site recognised by the World Heritage Committee meeting in Brazil is on France’s Reunion Island, home to volcanoes and subtropical rainforests.

Spectacular red cliffs in the south-west of China have also been added to the list, which is aimed at boosting protection of the sites.

Places of cultural importance approved by UNESCO include prehistoric caves in Mexico, what is known as the Royal Inland Road or Silver Route in Mexico, and a square in a town in north-eastern Brazil.

A total of 39 nominations from 33 countries were submitted to the UNESCO meeting in Brazil. More than 900 sites are now on the list of protected sites.

Other sites in Vietnam, Tajikistan, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Austria, Romania and Spain have also been given new recognition.

Also joining the World Heritage List is the Phonenix Island Protected Area in the South Pacific.