Mount Nimba, Providence Island on UNESCO Tentative List

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A World Heritage international expert, Pascal Taruvinga, said Mount Nimba and Providence Island are two historical sites expected to be included on the tentative register for submission to the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Mr. Taruvinga made the disclosure recently at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia.

“A five-day workshop hosted earlier,” Mr. Taruvinga said, “was meant to ascertain the scientific data (and) values of these sites, as well as their significance that would qualify them to be included on the heritage lists.”

Mr. Taruvinga said the purpose of the workshop was to also assist the Liberian government in developing the tentative lists to be submitted to UNESCO in line with the World Heritage Convention.

“Mount Nimba is a protective area, and is significant because of biodiversity. The site has fishes that cannot be found in any other part of the world. There are fishes that can only be found in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Liberia, which qualifies the site,” he said.

As for Providence Island, he said the island has also played a significant role in explaining the impact, effect and the negativity of slavery in Africa.

“First of all, Providence Island was a place of no return. Slaves that were captured were taken to Providence Island and later placed on ships (bound) for the United States. When the slaves were coming back, Providence also became a point of return that later came to be known as Liberia,” noted Mr. Taruvinga.

He said Lake Piso and Kpatawee were also marked as parts of the World Heritage List, “but information on their significance has to be gathered to qualify them for possible listing.”

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