Candidacy of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments

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The first presentation of the candidacy of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments was held by Professor Nickos Zouros, director of the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest. Initially Mr. Zouros preseneted the UNESCO Declaration on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage by the UNESCO General Conference in 1972 and then he referred to the criteria that should be satisfied by a monument to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments list.
Through the  rich photographic material the presentation to participants included especially known monuments from around the world included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, as the volcano Etna, the Grand Canyon, the Mount Fuji volcano and more. along with the 17 Greek monuments that have been included in the World Heritage Monuments such as the Acropolis of Athens, Meteora, Olympia Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, the royal tombs of Vergina and more.

Then the lecture presented the evidence from which the Petrified Forest consists as a unique monument in the world and the criteria that must be met in order to be a candidate for inclusion in the List of World Heritage of UNESCO. He also referred in detail to the historical protection and promotion of the protected area which is a unique space in which the geological evolution of the Aegean is recorded in the last 30 million years. Finally, the mayor of Lesvos, Mr. Dimitris Vounatsou, referred to the importance of integration of the Petrified Forest in World Heritage by UNESCO, which has extremely important scientific, economic and tourism benefits for the island.

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