Tempo Interactive reports that Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has advanced three Bali locations to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for World Heritage site status.
Nominated for recognition were: the Jatiluwih rice terraces, the Taman Ayun Temple in Mengwi and the river-basin area at Pakerisan, Gianyar.
In confirming the nomination, Wacik, speaking at the Bali World Culture Forum in Sanur, said, "a verification process is being done to assess their feasibility."
If approved by UNESCO, the Bali sites will join the following existing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Indonesia:
· Borobudur Temple Complex (Central Java)
· Komodo National Park (East Nusa Tenggara)
· Prambanan Temple Compound (Central Java)
· Ujung Kulon National Park (West Java)
· Sangiran Early Man Site (Central Java)
· Lorentz National Park (Sumatra)
According to Minister Wacik, who is Balinese, he is proposing the three sites because of their natural beauty and historical significance. He is also promoting UNESCO status for the three Bali location, because of the promotional value of such recognition and the elevated attention to preservation and conservation that accompanies UNESCO recognition.
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