Galapagos Islands withdrawn from endangered list

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The Galapagos Islands has been withdrawn from a list of endangered world heritage sites by a UN panel.

The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) took the decision at a meeting in Brazil’s capital Brasilia.

The archipelago of volcanic islands off the Pacific coast of Ecuador had been on the World Heritage in Danger list since 2007. A growing local population, fishing, and tourism had put pressure on natural resources there.

But the committee voted 15 to 4 in favour of Brazil’s recommendation to withdraw the islands from the list, saying Ecuador had made progress in recent years....

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