Friday, January 29, 2010

Coalition Donates Hydro Plant in Bid to Save World Heritage Site

A venture by an international coalition of power companies aims to shore up world-famous rice terraces in the northern Philippines and bring a sustainable source of electricity to an area that desperately needs it.

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Culture Minister tightens bidding process for UK World Heritage Sites

The government has tightened the selection process for potential UK World Heritage Sites in a bid to find "sure-fire winners" from a "more focused" shortlist.

A smaller Tentative List of locations will be put forward to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for the first time since 1999, with an independent panel judging nominations from local authorities.

"Being designated as a World Heritage Site is a real honour and a rare privilege," said Culture Minister Margaret Hodge, citing the social, economic and tourism benefits of the scheme.

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International cooperation helping restore fisher population in Olympic National Park

In a projecting highlighting international cooperation between the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Olympic National Park, twelve fishers were released yesterday in Olympic National Park, continuing a three-year effort to reintroduce the animal to Washington State. About the size of a cat, fishers are members of the weasel family, and are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula. The species vanished from the state decades ago because of over-trapping in the late 1800s and early 1900s and habitat loss and fragmentation.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

International Team Says Mining In Canadian Flathead Would Harm Glacier

An international team of scientists has concluded that mining in the "Canadian Flathead" north of Glacier National Park would harm both Glacier and the adjoining Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Climbing on Uluru

Tourists will be able to climb the World Heritage-listed Uluru for at least 18 months after the Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, backed away from a move to ban it.
Mr Garrett, who as a rock singer for the band Midnight Oil sang about land rights at the base of rock 20 years ago, supported the view of Aboriginal traditional owners who regard it as a sacred site and wanted climbing banned.
There were also concerns that some of the 100,000 tourists who climb the rock each year were defecating on it.
But under a new 10-year management plan announced by Mr Garrett yesterday, the 348-metre rock will remain open to climbers until its popularity dwindles or new visitor experiences are developed.

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