Due to the existence of unresolved issues related to environmental management and cultural heritage the suspension of construction of the hydroelectric station Barro Blanco, in Chiriquí, has been proposed, a project which is already 95% complete and which will generate 28 MW.
The High Level Committee responsible for assessing compliance with the requirements established in the concession contract will recommend suspending the construction project because, besides environmental violations, "... there are a number of unresolved issues, for which it corresponds to the State to uphold the commitments established between the company and the community. "
The President of Panama has announced that the third phase of the coastal strip project will begin immediately, and has discarded the construction of a tunnel that would increase costs by $200 million.
Martinelli denied that last week a Panamanian delegation in Paris had agreed with UNESCO to submit to an international panel three options for the interconnection of the Balboa and Poetas Roads on the coast of Panama City.
The Minister of Public Works has announced that the interconnection works between the Balboa and Los Poetas roads will have the consent of Unesco.
The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), is considering including Panama in the list of countries with ‘Heritage in Danger’ due to the lack of technical and feasibility studies to ensure that the construction of the third phase of the Cinta Costera will not affect Casco Antiguo and Panama Viejo.
Two historic neighborhoods in the Republic of Panama are in danger of losing their status of World Heritage Site as recognized by UNESCO.
According to UNESCO on their last evaluative trip to Panama, there existed several important threats to the sanctity of Panama Viejo and Casco Antiguo. Those threats included, but were not limited to, severe deterioration of historic buildings, conflicting interests with regards to conservation, deficiencies in legal framework, demolitions of urban buildings, as well as forced displacement of occupants and squatters. The report also revealed that, "inappropriate interventions were undertaken at some historic buildings" and cited the extensive interventions at the Hotel Central having "significantly affected an emblematic building."
An ambitious strategy to promote the region as a multi-destination for tourism and culture, which banks on the increase in cultural itineraries.
As shown in studies, the placing of a site on Unesco's World Heritage Site list stimulates tourism and the listing of "a series" (of a group of places with shared characteristics) can create new routes.
The first phase of this project, supported by Unesco and the French Corporation, in 2008 was focused on four archaeological sites where a significant increase in tourist visits could occur: the elegant Quirigua ruins (Guatemala); the pre-Colombian village of Joya de Ceren, which was tragically buried by the eruption of the Loma Caldera volcano; the imposing ceremonial center at San Andres (although it is not on the list of World Heritage Sites, it was considered due to its importance and possible historic relation to Joya de Ceren); the remants of the colonial city of ...
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