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MPs Want Highlands on World Heritage List

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MPs Want Highlands on World Heritage List

Hattur, Landmannalaugar

From Landmannalaugar. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

There is interest among certain members of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, to put the central highlands of Iceland on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, mbl.is reports.

Seven MPs from all political parties in Alþingi, except for the Left-Green Movement, have submitted a parliamentary resolution, suggesting that the government be asked to “list the central highlands of Iceland on a preliminary list over places which are meant to be labeled as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and to ask Iceland’s World Heritage Committee to prepare an application to that effect.” MP Helgi Hjörvar, Social Democratic Alliance, introduced the motion in parliament.

The resolution reads, “In order to be on the World Heritage List, the respective site needs to be unique in the world, its definition needs to be clear on the respective government’s behalf, and complete agreement is needed regarding protection, oversight and managing of operation … Sites on the World Heritage List often attract an increased number of tourists, thereby increasing the national economic importance of such places. The World Heritage List is considered a very powerful way to protect cultural heritage and nature, in addition to building up a quality tourism industry in every country.”

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