Corfu Old Town added to World's Heritage List

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unescoAt the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee, Christchurch, New Zealand held between 23 June and 2 July 2007, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) added Corfu ‘Old Town’ to its World Heritage List.

At the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee, Christchurch, New Zealand held between 23 June and 2 July 2007, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) added Corfu ‘Old Town’ to its World Heritage List.

With its Venetian forts and neo-classical housing was inscribed as ‘a fortified Mediterranean port town ofhigh integrity and authenticity.’

A key benefit of ratification is access to the World Heritage fund - annually, about US$4 million is made available to assist States Parties in identifying, preserving and promoting World Heritage sites.

Sites inscribed on the World Heritage List also benefit from the implementation of a comprehensive management plan that sets out preservation measures. In support of these, experts offer technical training to the local site management team. The inscription of a site on the World Heritage List also brings an increase in public awareness of the site and of its outstanding values, therefore increasing tourist activities at the site.
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/978

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