Three Bali Sites Proposed for World Heritage Status
If Approved, Bali Sites Will Bring to 10 the Number of World Heritage Sites in Indonesia.
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The Jakarta Post reports that three Bali sites have been formally proposed to the United Nation's Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for world heritage status.
New Bali Sites Proposed
Now in consideration to be listed as outstanding historical and natural areas worthy of special preservation efforts are:
▪ The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces of West Bali
▪ Pura Taman Ayun Temple in Mengwi
▪ The Tukad Pakerisan River in Gianyar Regency.
The three sites are under critical review from a team of international experts with a final announcement of new World Heritage Sites expected in June 2007.
Indonesia's Existing 7 World Heritage Sites
If selected, the three sites will join seven other World Heritage Sites already listed by UNESCO in Indonesia:
▪Borobudur Temple Compounds in Central Java
▪ Prambanan Temple Compounds in Central Java
▪ The Sangiran Early Man Prehistoric Site in Central Java
▪ Ujung Kulon Nation Park in West Java
▪ The Sumatra Rainforest
▪ Lorentz National Park in Papua
▪ Komodo National Park
An earlier 2004 attempt to have the three Bali sites added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List and be considered during 17-month long evaluation period ran afoul when local officials failed to correctly meet the various application requirements from UNESCO.
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