The Thai cabinet have approved plans to bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site status for a coastal area in the Andaman region of the country.
The planned area includes six existing national parks, a mangrove swamp and includes areas of Ranong, Phuket and Phangnga.
The formal application is expected to be made prior to the deadline in April next year for initial discussion and evaluation at the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in the middle of 2022.
The proposed site includes a unique mangrove swamp at Ranong Archipelago National Park that boasts incredible biodiversity and a collection of coastal rock structures and caves and Laem Son National Park, also in Ranong, which serves as a natural hatching and nursing hub for key marine life such as olive ridley sea turtles.
Earlier this year the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex became the sixth area in Thailand to recieve World Heritage Status. The other five World Heritage Sites in Thailand are:
- Ban Chiang Archaeological Site
- Historic City of Ayutthaya
- Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns
- Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex
- Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries
An UNESCO World Heritage Site is a cultural or natural landmark that has been recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. These sites are deemed worthy of preservation due to their universal value to humanity, both in the present and for future generations.
Source: Bangkok Post
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