Ja­maica awarded UNESCO World Her­itage Site sta­tus

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Only one ex­otic lo­ca­tion in the Caribbean has made it onto the ex­clu­sive UNESCO World Her­itage site list year. Ja­maica’s Blue and John Crow moun­tains have made it on to the list of the 27 new­est mem­bers of the UNESCO World Her­itage List, the only lo­ca­tion across the Caribbean cho­sen this year.

The Blue and John Crow moun­tains, lo­cated in the south-east of Ja­maica, made the list as a ‘New In­scribed Prop­er­ties/Mixed prop­erty.’

The site, ac­cord­ing to UNESCO, “en­com­passes a rugged and ex­ten­sively forested moun­tain­ous re­gion … which pro­vided refuge first for the in­dige­nous Tainos flee­ing slav­ery and then for Ma­roons (es­caped African slaves).”

“They re­sisted the Euro­pean colo­nial sys­tem in this iso­lated re­gion by es­tab­lish­ing a net­work of trails, hid­ing places and set­tle­ments which form the Nanny Town Her­itage Route,” the de­scrip­tion added. “The forests of­fered the Ma­roons ev­ery­thing they needed for their sur­vival. They de­vel­oped strong spir­i­tual con­nec­tions with the moun­tains, still man­i­fest through the in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural legacy of, for ex­am­ple, re­li­gious rites, tra­di­tional medicine and dances.”

The site is also a bio­di­ver­sity hotspot for the Caribbean Is­lands with a high pro­por­tion of en­demic plant species, es­pe­cially lichens, mosses and cer­tain flow­er­ing plants, added the list­ing.

The World Her­itage List now in­cludes 1,031 nat­u­ral and cul­tural won­ders that are con­sid­ered to be places of “out­stand­ing uni­ver­sal value.”

UNESCO has been adding sites to the World Her­itage List since 1978.

Blue Moun­tain, Ja­maica is now a UNESCO World

Her­itage Site.

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