Experts dig in at Joggins Fossil Cliffs

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Field mission takes look at site for UNESCO evaluation

Experts dig in at Joggins Fossil Cliffs

AMHERST - Joggins continues to move forward in an effort to show the world the value of the fossil cliffs.

A pair of experts from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) are visiting the site this week to determine if The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are worthy of UNESCO designation.

IUCN field missions see experts visit nominated properties to discuss UNESCO nominations with a variety of people from within the designated communities. Those groups include national and local authourities, local communities, NGO's and stakeholders.

"We have to thoroughly investigate the proposal to ensure it meets all the criteria and has an outstanding universal appeal,'' Tim Badman, one of two evaluators from IUCN, said.

"There has to be legal protection and site management, values towards world heritage and both sustainable and long term,'' he added.

This allows the evaluators to become familiar with all aspects of the nominated property and double check that dossier is complete.

A review is conducted of property boundaries and buffer zone boundaries in addition to evaluating the management system and effectiveness.

The process evaluates the potential threats to property and the local support shown for the nomination.

The nomination dossier for the inscription of Joggins on the list of World Natural Heritage Sites was formally submitted to the World Heritage Centre in Paris in January.

The IUCN decision will be presented to the national council during a session in Quebec in July.

Organizations: UNESCO, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, World Heritage Centre

Geographic location: Joggins, Paris, Quebec

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