Blue and John Crow Mountains inscribed to UNESCO’s world heritage list
Today, July 3, 2015 is a historic day for Jamaica as its renowned Blue and John Crow Mountains is inscribed to the world heritage list of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
UNESCO’s world heritage committee, at its 39th session taking place in Bonn, Germany announced the inscription of the Blue and John Crow Mountains to the heritage list.
The inscription represents the first world heritage site for Jamaica and the first mixed – cultural and natural – site for the Caribbean sub-region. It is one of only 32 mixed sites.
Jamaica now joins the list of iconic sites such as the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Taj Mahal of India, Acropolis of Athens in Greece, Great Barrier Reef of Australia, as well as the Pitons in St Lucia.
World heritage status is given to natural and cultural sites across the globe considered to be of outstanding universal value, meaning sites which possess cultural and natural significance which is so exceptional as to transcend national boundaries and are of common importance for present and future generations.
Addressing the world heritage committee following the unanimous decision by the 21 members, Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna expressed gratitude for recognising the extraordinary natural and cultural values of the Blue and John Crow Mountains.
Jamaica’s recognition at the global heritage table is significant given that the country’s cultural and natural heritage can now be included in the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index published by the Word Economic Forum.
The index has as one of its pillars of measurement the number of world heritage sites in a country.