Ifugao rice terraces no longer endangered

The Banaue Rice terraces have been removed from the endangered list following measures to help better preserve the site.

Philippines rice terraces off endangered list: UN
AFP, via AsiaOne, 27 June 2012

The Philippines’ ancient rice terraces, carved into mountains like giant green stairs, have been removed from a UN list of endangered world heritage sites, the UN office in Manila said Wednesday.

The 2,000-year-old living cultural monuments were put on the World Heritage Committee’s danger list in 2000 at the Philippine government’s request to rally local and international aid, and for better management of their preservation.

“Both actions were successfully undertaken, leading to the conservation of the remote high rice fields,” the UN information office said in a statement.

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) said it had extended US$153,200 (S$192,403) to aid Philippine efforts to conserve paddies it said were threatened by deforestation, disuse, climate change and earthquakes.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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