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The Lena Pillars nomination file sent to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre

The Lena Pillars nomination file for inscription of the Nature Park of the same name of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) on the World Heritage List has been sent to the World Heritage Centre. The Lena Pillars is the 12th natural complex nominated by Russia for receiving the high status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site (8 sites have already been inscribed onto the List, 2 have been neglected and 1 is being presently considered by the World Heritage Centre).

The Lena Pillars nomination file is the result of successful collaboration of a line of Yakut and Moscow organizations: Institute of Biological Problems of Cryolitozone of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RSA), Yakutsk State University, Institute of Diamonds and Noble Metal Geology of the SB RSA, The Lena Pillars Nature Park, Geography Institute of the RSA, the Likhachev Cultural and Natural Heritage Institute and the Natural Heritage Protection Fund.

The documents have been sent to the World Heritage Centre before 30 September, the interim deadline of documents' reception. Further, the authors of the nomination file will have the possibility to eliminate defects upon the experts' comments until 1 February 2008, which is the final reception deadline. The Lena Pillars Nomination will be considered at the 33rd Session of the World Heritage Committee in 2009.