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US Navy ship removed from Philippines reef

The stern of the USS Guardian was lifted off the Tubbataha Reef after the 68-metre vessel was sliced into portions for easier removal, Philippine Coast Guard spokeswoman Lieutenant Greanata Jude said.

Sunday, 31 March, 2013, 7:25am

Nunnery's Unesco nomination makes a mockery

The term world heritage suggests something extraordinary. It conjures up images like the Egyptian pyramids in Giza, the Acropolis of Athens and the Great Wall of China - places with exceptional significance to humanity. According to Unesco, it is "our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations".

30 Dec 2012 - 5:34am 2 comments

Heritage expert set to examine west wing

Conservationists are hoping a heritage specialist who flies in this week can help persuade officials not to demolish the west wing of the former government headquarters in Central.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong's outstanding areas of natural beauty must be saved

I have spent the last three years photographing the natural landscape of Hong Kong and have been overwhelmed by its beauty, particularly along its eastern coastline from Double Haven down through the outer islands of Rocky Harbour to the Nine Pins Group and Tung Lung Chau.

30 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Lhasa could showcase preservation over profit

The conferring by the United Nations of world heritage status for historic sites is prized for the prestige and international recognition it brings. But with it comes the responsibility to protect them and strike a balance between development, tourism and preservation.

19 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Threatened wonders

In an increasingly conservation-conscious world, efforts to preserve, use less or find alternatives are not always properly thought through. Biofuels, for example, are a cleaner energy source than oil, but massive environmental damage can result from their production.

20 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Heritage sites retain status despite Unesco's concern over 'problems'

Unesco has decided to keep six well-known tourist attractions on the mainland, including the Forbidden City, Lijiang in Yunnan and the Potala Palace in Lhasa , on its list of world heritage sites despite serious concerns over their conservation.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Unesco 'endangered' list for mainland sites denied

World Heritage delegate cites threat to six spots

Unesco and Beijing have denied a mainland media report that the international cultural body was considering putting up to six World Heritage sites in the country on an endangered list, including the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Potala Palace in Lhasa .

27 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Focus must be on profit through preservation

United Nations World Heritage Site status is coveted, for completely understandable reasons. Acceptance into the ranks of almost 800 recognised and protected places brings prestige, attention from international experts and, most importantly for many local governments, tourist dollars.

7 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Priority is placed on new Unesco agreement

A Unesco conference entered its second day in Suzhou yesterday, with the chairman saying top billing would go to overturning an agreement which the mainland sees as unfairly limiting it to one new heritage application a year.

30 Jun 2004 - 12:00am