Four islands situated off the Pacific coast of Mexico have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Revillagigedo Archipelago, four volcanic islands located between 720 and 970 kilometers west of Manzanillo, Colima, were previously categorized by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve, but their status was upgraded Sunday by the organization’s World Heritage Committee.
The islands were named to the heritage list, which now contains 1,052 sites around the world, for their natural wealth, both land-based and marine.
Mexico has 34 sites on the list, the most of any country in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is in sixth place worldwide for the most sites.
The islands, sometimes referred to as Mexico’s “little Galapagos,” are known for their unique ecosystem.
A navy base on one of the islands houses a handful of personnel but there are no other residents.
Source: OEM (sp)