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Revillagigedo islands added to UNESCO list

The archipelago of four islands was added to heritage list for their natural wealth

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)

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  • Steve Galat

    I wonder whatever happened to Las Islas Tres Marias….or something? All us prisoners at Santa Martha Acatitla in the 1980’s wanted to get transferred there

  • Alex Double

    I hope that money will be made available to ensure the level of vigilence necessary to protect these islands from commercial exploitation, in particular illegal fishing. Although there have been laws inplace to protect the islands from exploitation for some years already it is a known fact that peopl with money are allowed to purchase permits to over ride the protection given to the archipeligo. This includes not only individual sports fishing vessels but also the destructive commercial purse scieners that go after the massive shoals of tuna in the area