10 Natural Sites Placed on UNESCO Heritage List

CAIRNS, Australia, December 4, 2000 - Ten of the Earth's most fragile and precious places have been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List which now contains 690 sites.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee concluded its annual meeting here December 2. The 21 member committee determines the inclusion of natural sites on the World Heritage List on the recommendation of the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

The committee chose to list 61 new cultural and natural sites this year. A Heritage listing helps in the raising of funds and passage of legislation to protect the designated area.

The 10 natural sites listed this year are: