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Unesco Eyes Burmese Parks for World Heritage Recognition

6 March 2014

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unseco) has identified two national parks in Burma as “priority candidates” for recognition as World Heritage Sites, according to a press release issued by the UN agency on Thursday. Nat Ma Taung National Park in Chin State and the Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary in Kachin State were singled out as potential candidates for the prestigious designation during a meeting between Unesco and Burmese government officials in Naypyidaw on Feb. 27-28, the statement said. Five other sites, including the Mergui Archipelago in Tenasserim Division and the Hukawng Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Kachin State, are also being considered. At present, there are no Unesco-designated World Heritage Sites in Burma.