UNESCO adds Russian, Italian sites to natural heritage list
The cultural arm of the United Nations on Monday completed its annual review of proposed World Heritage sites by adding a Russian nature reserve to the list, dpa reported.
Meeting in Brasilia, the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to list Russian Putorana Plateau in northern Central Siberia as a natural heritage treasure.
Lying 100 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the plateau holds pristine subarctic and arctic ecosystems in an isolated mountain range and is crossed by a major reindeer migration route.
The World Heritage Committee also extended Switzerland's Monte San Giorgio, a site of major marine fossil finds, to include contiguous territory inside Italy.
The meeting in Brasilia is to end Tuesday.
In all during the eight-day meeting, 29 sites around the world were extended or inscribed on one or both of the natural and cultural heritage lists.
The 2010 listings include single sites in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, India, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, the United States and Vietnam, plus two sites each in China, France, Iran and Mexico.