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Fire in Rapa Nui will be evaluated by Unesco and a future plan will be made

The Unesco will allocate more than 96,000 dollars to evaluate the damage of the fire that affected the National Park of Rapa Nuion the Chilean island of Easter and will draw up a plan with actions to limit its impact and avoid future catastrophes.

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) explained that a detailed assessment of the damage caused by the fire will be carried out in support of the Ma’u Henua indigenous community, which is the one that manages the complex Rapa Nui, listed as World Heritage since 1995, according to a statement published this Saturday.

It will be carried out by the Culture sector of the UNESCO office in Chile and will take place between December 2022 and November 2023.

With your work plan, you will look for “better coordination between the community and the various actors involved”according to the organization.

In a second phase, emergency preparedness and response measures and protocols will be defined “for better protection and promotion of this place.”

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This project is the result of planning that began thanks to a mission carried out by the UNESCO office on the island from October 17 to 21, “in coordination with the Ma’u Henua community”the Municipality of Rapa Nui and the Chilean Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage.

The director of that office in Chile, Claudia Uribe, specified that their cooperation will focus on preparing a diagnosis of the effect of the fire on heritage and will seek to develop with the community “a comprehensive site management plan with a strong prevention component.”

The director of the indigenous community, Nancy Rivera, stressed the importance of this project for the Ma’u Henua first because “refreshes” the relationship with Unesco, but also because its resources “They will strengthen the diagnosis that we are already making.”

Rivera added that the tips will help them “Carry out actions to mitigate the damage caused to our moais and other archaeological remains.”

The fire spread over an approximate area of ​​240 hectares through the crater, the quarry and the vicinity of the Rano Raraku volcano.

The fire damaged natural areas and deteriorated archaeological structures, including 177 moai (according to a first report issued by the Chilean National Forestry Corporation, CONAF), large stone monuments built by a society of Polynesian origin that built from the 10th to the 16th century. sanctuaries and statues that are part of a valuable cultural legacy.

Source: Elcomercio

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