WORLD HERITAGE : Japan’s Mount Fuji wins Unesco status!

Mount Fuji (file image from April 2012)Mount Fuji, south-west of Tokyo, is an active volcano and Japan’s highest mountain

Some good news for natural world heritage!

Japan’s cone-shaped, snow-topped volcano, Mount Fuji, has been granted World Heritage status, at a Unesco meeting in Cambodia.

The United Nations body selected the mountain as a “cultural” rather than a “natural” heritage site.

Unesco said Mount Fuji had “inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries”.

Mt Fuji, south-west of Tokyo, is Japan’s highest mountain at 3,776m (12,460 ft).

The volcano, which last erupted just over 300 years ago, is visible from the Japanese capital on a clear day.

It is featured prominently in historic Japanese art work, including wood blocks prints.

It is also one of the traditional “Three Holy Mountains” – along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku, both in central Japan.

Unesco listed Italy’s Mount Etna as a world heritage site on Friday, saying the 3,300m (10,900 ft) active volcano had “notoriety, scientific importance, and cultural and educational value of global significance”.

Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23013087

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The World Heritage Committee will consider the inscription of a total of 34 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its next session, from 16 to 27 June in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Cambodia).

 

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