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Salt Islands shortlisted for World Heritage status
2011-05-27 20:55:30 by
The Salt islands could soon become a protected National Trust area after being shortlisted for World Heritage Trust status. National Trust chiefs are pleased with their initial success, to have Grand Turk, Salt Cay, South Caicos and surrounding cays included on the prestigious list.

The list will now be submitted to UNESCO and await the final nominations next year. If successful, the country could become one of less than 200 natural sites worldwide to be deemed to have ‘outstanding universal value’. This is due to its unique flora and forna, including, doves, warblers, mockingbirds, herons, kingfishers, sandpipers, kestrels, ospreys, flamingos and egrets.

The Trust’s executive director, Ethlyn Gibbs-Williams, told the Weekly News she was delighted to get the seal of approval for the first round. “We are very pleased to have gotten this far it is very good for the National Trust and great news for our heritage." If we make it onto the final list, it ensures protection and preservation of the sites. This would also help people here in the TCI to recognize the importance of our heritage and boost national pride in what we have.”

Fellow overseas territory St Helena in the Atlantic, where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled after the Battle of Waterloo, was also shortlisted, along with Gibraltar’s Gorham’s Cave Complex.

Source: http://tcweeklynews.com