Fears for famous London landmark

THE world’s top cultural body met yesterday to consider adding the Tower of London to its “in danger” list because of development pressures around its location.

UNESCO, the cultural body of the United Nations, says too many tall buildings are going up near the thousand-year-old tower and destroying the historic skyline surrounding the London landmark.

Florida’s Everglades National Park and a rain forest reserve in Honduras have been removed from the UN’s list of world cultural sites in danger after improvements in conservation programmes, UNESCO Said yesterday.

Meeting for its 31st session in the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch, the committee is reviewing the state of conservation at the 830 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

As well as the Tower of London, the cultural body will consider whether to add Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands to its in danger list because tourism is threatening its environment.

Delegates will also consider applications to add at least 45 new sites — including the Sydney Opera House in Australia — to the World Heritage list.

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