Unesco reinforced surveillance on Machu Picchu

Unesco reinforced surveillance on Machu Picchu

Cusco : Peru | Jun 25, 2011 at 4:18 AM PDT
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The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, discovered a century meet in July, was saved from joining the list of World Heritage in Danger of Unesco, but it will be subjected to "enhanced surveillance", committee sources said.

"Machu Picchu will not enter the list of World Heritage in Danger but will be subject to increased surveillance", they said sources in the World Heritage Committee, meeting in Paris from 19 to 29 June to discuss the conservation of World Heritage sites.

The same sources said the decision came after a long debate during which many committee members were involved, several of which underscored the dangers that weigh upon this wonderful sanctuary of the Inca Empire, located 2,400 meters high in the department of Cusco (southeastern Peru).

Among the dangers that weigh upon Machu Picchu highlighted the excess of visitors and building a road nearby.

But not reach a majority necessary to add to the list of World Heritage in Danger, so will the list of World Heritage.

The same sources pointed out that the Peruvian authorities in 2012 must submit a report on the state of conservation of Machu Picchu, probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca empire built during its heyday, between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Machu Picchu, discovered in July 1911, was declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in 1983.

In 2010, during their meeting in Brasilia, the committee, composed of 21 countries, had already recommended a reinforced monitoring of the conservation status of this cultural wonder.

The committee will continue in the coming days reviewing the conservation status of 169 world heritage sites, including 34 that are part of the list of World Heritage in danger.

Among others are Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam in Afghanistan, the reservation system of the Belize Barrier Reef, Saltpeter Works Humberstone and Santa Laura, Chile and the Biosphere Reserve Rio Platano, Honduras.

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Unesco reinforced surveillance on Machu Picchu
It is the deterioration that is suffering due to excessive tourist exploitation. Peru must submit a report in 2012.
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