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UNESCO to Bangladesh: Cancel Rampal coal plant, or Sundarbans could be added to List of World Heritage in Danger in 2017

In October, the monitoring mission of the World Heritage Committee, conducted by UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), recommended that the Rampal coal plant project be “cancelled and relocated to a more suitable location where it would not impact negatively” on the Sundarbans Reserved Forest and the Sundarbans World Heritage site. The mission concluded that should Rampal or other risky development proceed, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee should consider adding the Sundarbans to its List of World Heritage in Danger at its annual session in 2017.

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