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Ohrid's Place in UNSECO World Heritage List Not under Consideration

Environment | April 12, 2017, Wednesday @ 14:27| 128 views

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Whether to remove Ohrid from the UNESCO list of preserved natural and cultural heritage or not was never under consideration, said Wednesday Anna Sidorenko, who is part of a three-member UNESCO expert team visiting Ohrid in a monitoring mission.

The UNESCO team in Ohrid, which is surveying ongoing activities on the ground, is tasked with assessing to what extent UNESCO recommendations are being observed in relation to the scope of construction works in the area and their impact on the environment and the cultural heritage.

"In Ohrid, we are monitoring the entire cultural and natural heritage and the actions taken to preserve it," she told reporters adding the team in meetings would present their recommendations on what needed to be done in the future.

The UNESCO experts met earlier today with the management of the institution for protection of cultural monuments in Ohrid and are scheduled to visit the Antique Theater, the churches of the Holy Mother of God and St. Sofia, as well as the Icon Gallery, etc.

"Our visit is a routine one in order to scan the state of buildings that are being conserved as part of the cultural heritage. Our duty is to inform the UNSECO committee. We have held meetings so as to see the progress and efforts made by local and national authorities to preserve cultural heritage and to implement UNESCO's remarks put forward at last year's 40th UNESCO session held in Istanbul," stated Sidorenko.

On Tuesday, the visiting team held a meeting with officials of the Galicica National Park to be informed about activities of the institution, most notably the activities of the government to build a road from Ohrid to Sveti Naum, a ski center on Galicica and to establish tourist zones in the villages of Ljubanishta, Oteshevo and Stenje. Commenting on the meeting, the experts said they had reviewed all the projects planned for the Galicica National Park.

"These are complex projects that require an additional expert review," they said.

Moreover, the UNESCO representatives are also scheduled to meet the Mayor of Ohrid and NGO representatives who are committed to protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the lakeside town in western Macedonia.

Ohrid Lake has been inscribed on the World Heritage List since 1979. In 1980, this property was extended to include the cultural and historical area.


Tags: Ohrid, UNESCO, Macedonia, heritage list

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