Philippines Rice Terraces Removed from List of World Heritage in Danger

UNESCO: Rice Terrace, Batad Village, Ifugao Province
The Philippines have successfully restored the Natural Wonder after this World Heritage Site was listed since 2000.
Rice Terrace of Philippines Cordilleras was endangered from various factors. This World Heritage were threatened by neglected irrigation, deforestation, disuse, climate change, earthquakes, weak management systems, migration of Ifugao people to big cities, lack of focus on tourism, and unregulated developments in the site.

The restoration process was implemented by establishing The Ifugao Cultural Heritage Office to manage the site and the collaboration of related departments, provincial government of Ifugao, academic institutes, individuals, the non-profit “Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement” and UNESCO.

During the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee on June, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Rice Terraces were reinstated in the UNESCO World Heritage List by a committee composed of 21 state parties to the World Heritage Convention.

Mayor of Banaue town, where two of the five clusters are located, expects the success of preservation will drive the number of more tourists. At the end of the year the Amphitheatre-like rice terrace in Batad village which was damaged by landslide will be completed repaired. See Batad Rice Terrace and Bangaan Rice Terrace.

Sources:      ABS.CBN News, GMA News, Inquirer Global Nation, The Telegraph
Reference: List of World Heritage in Danger, UNESCO Website

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