Despite widespread criticism from many groups in Bali last year at a proposal to bestow world heritage status on Bali's primordial temple of Besakih, the provincial government of the island is urging the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to add four local sites to the prestigious list of World Heritage Sites.
The proposal was made on April 15, 2002, by Bali's Deputy Governor, Alit Putra, during a visit by a an executive group from UNESCO's headquarters.
The Deputy Governor pointed our how many people misunderstood the earlier proposal for world heritage status for Bali's mother temple of Bekasih assuming that this would equate with a loss of local control over one of Bali's most important religious sites.
The new four sites submitted to UNESCO for consideration by a Paris-based committee that determines suitability as world heritage sites are: the Bali Barat National Park in West Bali; the Jatiluwuh traditional irrigation district or subak near Tabanan; the Pakerisan ancient archeological site in Gianyar; and the Taman Ayun Water Park at Mengwi.
Currently there are 721 sites enshrined by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Indonesia currently has only 6 locations on the UNESCO list. (Jakarta Post)
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