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Sri Lankan sites added to world heritage list

BRASILIA, July 31, 2010 (AFP) - A region of mountainous forests in Sri Lanka and an isolated archipelago off Hawaii have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list, officials of the UN cultural and scientific body said yesterday.
The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization decided to add the two sites on Friday as it held a 10-day meeting to revise the list in Brasilia.
The additions brought to 892 the number of environmentally or culturally unique sites considered important to our planet and civilizations.
Sri Lanka’s highland region, situated in the south central part of the island, was added because of its “extraordinary range of flora and fauna,” which includes endangered species such as the langur and loris primates and the Sri Lankan leopard, a UNESCO statement said.
The United States’ Papahanaumokuakea archipelago, located 250 kilometers (160 miles) northwest of the main group of Hawaiian islands, was included because of its “deep cosmological and traditional significance for living Native Hawaiian culture... as the place where it is believed that life originates and to where the spirits return after death.”
During its meeting in the Brazilian capital, which wraps up Tuesday, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee also went over its list of endangered sites.
On Friday, it added Florida’s Everglades and Madagascar’s tropical forest to that roll, which is meant to ring alarm bells and encourage protective measures.
Earlier, it removed the Galapagos Islands from the same list, despite protests from its consulting body, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which said declaring the islands out of danger was “premature.”