Aust, PNG to seek Kokoda heritage listing

5.Aust, PNG to seek Kokoda heritage listing

(Australian Associated Press)

Australia and Papua New Guinea will jointly seek a world heritage listing for the Owen Stanley Ranges and the famous Kokoda Track.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt said this would help to build tourism and economic development opportunities for local people and provide a high level of protection for the natural and cultural values of the area.

Mr Hunt, who visited the Kokoda Track with PNG environment minister John Pundari on Monday, said the listing was an important objective under the Kokoda Initiative, launched in 2008 to protect and manage this important area.


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