ARTICLES RELATING TO UNESCO

Spain fire near World Heritage site 'under control'

2017-06-27 19:00

Officials say a wildfire that threatened a nature reserve in southern Spain designated as a World Heritage site has been brought under control.

New restrictions set on visiting Peru's famed Machu Picchu

2017-06-22 05:45

Travellers wanting a glimpse of Peru's famed Machu Picchu will be restricted to certain hours touring the area with a designated guide.

Scientists find 38 million pieces of trash on Pacific island

2017-05-16 20:00

Researchers on the Henderson Island in the Pacific Ocean have been able to determine that about 13 000 pieces of trash wash up on the island every day.

Nations team up to protect ancient heritage from terrorism

2017-04-24 20:49

Ten countries have formed a new group aimed at protecting ancient heritage from extremism of the kind that saw the Islamic State group lay waste to Syria's historic Palmyra.

Kremlin says Syrian forces, with air support, take Palmyra

2017-03-02 19:48

The Syrian army backed by Russian jets has completed the recapture of the iconic ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group.

Ethiopia inaugurates dam to double energy output

2016-12-18 11:00

Ethiopia has inaugurated a hydroelectric dam that aims to double the country's electricity output, but which critics say is a threat to locals and a UNESCO-listed lake in Kenya.

Origami birds protest for Donana nature park

2016-11-24 17:37

Environmentalists are displaying hundreds of colorful origami birds outside the Spanish Parliament to demand greater government action to protect a national park that provides habitat for migrating birds.

Unesco approves controversial resolution on Jerusalem

2016-10-26 18:05

The US Ambassador to Unesco has condemned as "inflammatory" a resolution approved on the status of conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls.

Israel suspends cooperation with Unesco over Jerusalem draft

2016-10-14 20:51

Israel has suspended cooperation with Unesco a day after the UN cultural agency adopted a draft resolution that Israel says denies the deep, historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.

Jihadist who razed Timbuktu tombs readies for judgment

2016-09-25 07:30

War crimes judges are set to deliver a historic judgment against a Malian jihadist who admitted attacking Timbuktu's fabled shrines, in a case which could send a strong message against cultural destruction.

 

1000s protest logging in Poland's ancient forest

2017-06-25 20:33

Thousands have demonstrated in Warsaw demanding an end to large-scale logging in Poland's ancient Bialowieza forest.

Poland says primeval forest should not be Unesco site

2017-06-21 21:38

Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko has called on Unesco to strip the ancient Bialowieza forest of its natural heritage status.

EU warns Poland: Stop widespread logging in primeval forest

2017-04-27 20:31

The EU has warned Poland to stop widespread logging in its Bialowieza primeval forest after it increased logging threefold.

Gambia's race to save its 'Roots' on Kunta Kinteh island

2017-04-21 09:10

As the rebel slave who defied his captors, Kunta Kinte, immortalised in print and on screen in "Roots", put The Gambia on the map for historical tourism.

Morocco looks to new markets to boost stagnant tourism

2017-02-26 13:00

Morocco's key tourism sector barely grew last year amid security challenges, but operators are hoping Chinese and Russian visitors will boost their fortunes in the coming years.

Green groups pressure Spain over wetlands

2016-11-30 21:55

Environmentalists have piled pressure on Spain over its sprawling Donana wetlands, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Angola seeks Unesco heritage status for old city

2016-11-12 07:02

Angola seeks to restore the luster of Mbanza Congo, a town that was a royal capital centuries ago and is a candidate to become a Unesco world heritage site.

Unesco adopts controversial Jerusalem resolution

2016-10-18 16:22

Unesco's executive board has approved a resolution that Israel says denies the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.

Madagascar hillsides stripped bare as locals seek land

2016-10-09 10:59

Madagascar nature conservationists are trying to rebuild the country's forests after years of deforestation almost had destroyed it .

Unesco adds four new sites to World Heritage list

2016-07-15 16:02

The UN's cultural agency has added four new sites in Iran, India, China and Micronesia to its World Heritage list.

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