UNESCO campaign moving forward

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AMHERST  The campaign to have the Joggins Fossil Cliffs designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site will take another step forward next month when representatives from the World Conservation Union visit the site.

AMHERST  The campaign to have the Joggins Fossil Cliffs designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site will take another step forward next month when representatives from the World Conservation Union visit the site.

They are going to have copies of all the documents we sent to UNESCO and they are going to validate that theyre true, Joggins Fossil Institute director Jenna Boon said after giving a project update to members of the Amherst Rotary Club. They are going to be talking to people on our team, inspecting the site and see if there are any issues they might have that we havent identified.

After visiting the site on behalf of UNESCO in late October, the group will make a recommendation to the world body that will make or break what has been an 11-year community effort. The delegation could recommend the site be inscribed as a world heritage site, that it be added to the list after conditions are met or that the application be rejected.

Considering no submission from Canada has ever been rejected and the amount of work that went into preparing the nominating dossier that was presented in Paris in February, Boon remains cautiously optimistic Joggins will be added to the list next July.

Sixteen renowned scientists from around the world have signed off on our document and there really isnt anyone else to ask. They have all said its significant and deserves to be inscribed as a world heritage site, Boon said. I dont think the question will be whether Joggins has outstanding universal value as opposed to do we have the ability to manage the site for future generations?

In preparation for the arrival of the conservation union delegates, Boon said her group will be scheduling field visits, formal presentations and review the laws with the delegates.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: UNESCO, World Conservation Union, Joggins Fossil Institute Amherst Rotary Club

Geographic location: Canada, Paris

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