Palma.—Both the current Partido Popular Council of Majorca President - Maria Salom - and her Socialist predecessor - Francina Armengol - expressed enormous pride yesterday over Monday's decision by UNESCO to name the Tramuntana mountains as a World Heritage Site.

It has been largely the work of the ex President which has achieved the UNESCO listing as the bid was introduced during the previous Balearic government. The award recognises the value not just of the landscape of the Tramuntana but also their unique culture and history. The mountains still preserve a way of life on Majorca that has remained unchanged for generations.

Armengol said that regardles of political colour, everyone in the Balearics had the right to be proud of the UNESCO protection which will now be given to the Tramuntana in terms of conservation and in financing to maintain its natural heritage status. At the presentation of the bid in Paris last week, ex Territory director on the Council of Majorca Jaume Mateu had pointed out to the examining committee that the Tramunta is the only environment in the world which preserves elements of Islamic origin - such as ancient water channels - with other native features such as manorial estates.


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