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Wednesday, April 16 2014 @ 12:04 PM EDT

UNESCO Decides Casco Viejo Will Maintain World Heritage Status Despite Plans To Build Third Phase of Coastal Strip Project

Infrastructure UpgradesThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) did not approve the start of construction of the coastal strip phase three, as announced by the President, Ricardo Martinelli, in his Twitter account Thursday. "I am informed that UNESCO approved the construction of the coastal strip 3. Long live Panama. Now we will have good roads in the city," wrote the president this morning. Unesco asked Panama to do real research on this project, which they had warned threatened the World Heritage status of Casco Viejo.

During the day today the XXXVI Session of the World Heritage Committee of Unesco, being held in St. Petersburg, Russia, it was decided Casco Viejo will maintain its heritage status. In the session in Russia Unesco agreed to maintain the status of this site, but said Panama should do more studies on the proposed phase three of the coastal strip that includes a marine viaduct which will have a length of 2.8 km and occupy an area of ​​6.68 hectares, including a link on the first phase of the coastal strip. The viaduct is located 200 meters from the wall of the Town, according to the environmental impact study. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: Good. It never made any sense to think the historical value of Casco Viejo would somehow magically "go away" somehow because a new roadway is being built nearby.

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