UNESCO chief calls for better preservation of World Heritage sites

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Hundreds of sites on the World Heritage List need to be better protected according to the head UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO).

Thirty-four sites worldwide are currently on the List of World Heritage in Danger, including the Everglades National Park in the United States, and the rainforests of Madagascar.

Charles Appel reports.

Director-General Irina Bokova said that as the number of World Heritage sites grows, so does their vulnerability.

She's says the world needs to focus on risk preparedness and long-term management at World Heritage sites, especially the 34 on the danger list.

UNESCO is holding a meeting in Paris this week to decide whether more natural or cultural sites, including Ningaloo Coast in Australia and Wudalianchi National Park in northeastern China, will join the list.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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