Wednesday, September 20, 2006

UNESCO demands explanation for construction projects near Iranian World Heritage Site

Bisotun ©UNESCO/ Babak Sedighi

The UNESCO World Heritage Center has recently sent a letter to Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, demanding an explanation for the establishment of the industrial town of Hersin in the territory of the Bisotun ancient site, the Persian service of CHN reported on August 26th, 2006.

Every new construction and every major change in the territory must be approved by the World Heritage Center beforehand. However, the construction of Hersin was approved by the Planning Council of Kermanshah Province last year and 30 hectares of the region have been purchased from the villagers...

We welcome your reactions to the eventual establishment of industrial towns in the vicinity of Cultural Preservation Sites!

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