Everglades, Madagascar rain forest on UNESCO list

Being on danger list allows the agency to allocate immediate assistance from World Heritage Fund.

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2010, 23:48 PM IST

Rio De Janeiro: The United Nations has added Florida`s Everglades National Park and rain forests in Madagascar to its list of World Heritage sites in danger.

The Everglades, home to 20 endangered species, was previously on the list from 1993 to 2007 because large amounts of water were being diverted to cities.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation says in a statement the park was added again for the same reason.

UNESCO says in the Atsinanana rain forests of Madagascar, illegal logging and poaching are a threat to rare lemurs.

Being on the danger list allows the agency to allocate immediate assistance from the World Heritage Fund.

UNESCO added the two sites during a meeting today in Brasilia, Brazil.

Bureau Report