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Govt strives to make three sites UNESCO world heritages

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Fri, May 20 2011   /  08:00 am

The Bali administration will continue its campaign to convince UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to name Taman Ayun temple, the Pakerisan watershed and Batukaru park as World Heritage sites, a senior official said Thursday.

“Despite the long and arduous process, we will continue our efforts to campaign for those three sites,” Bali Cultural Agency head I Ketut Suastika said, adding that the administration was now preparing additional documents requested by UNESCO.

“It’s not an easy process since the UNESCO does not only carry out field inspections to see the actual condition of the sites, but it has also demanded the administration’s political commitment to protect and conserve the sites and their natural surrounding,” he said.

The administration started the campaign in 2002 and UNESCO’s team of experts has visited...