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Friday, October 23, 2009

Ecuador creates a world heritage ministry

QUITO, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador has created a world heritage ministry to better share and take care of the country's natural and cultural resources, the presidential office announced on Tuesday.

After taking the ministerial office, former foreign minister Maira Fernanda Espinosa told reporters that the new ministry was expected to replace the mercantilism vision of natural, cultural and human resources of the country with a vision of collective and public welfare.

"The heritage is shelter and support of the dignity and identity of all the Ecuadorian people," said the new minister, adding that the Ecuadorian heritage is not an abstraction but rather a mirror aimed at funding a human, sustainable and inclusive society.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has so far inscribed on its World Heritage list three cultural and as many natural sites from the Central American country.

Heritage Minister Fernanda Espinosa said that his portfolio, created with President Rafael Correa's instruction, "is perhaps one of the most promising spaces for the country because it is where we can put into practice the good living, and it is also aimed to place the public policies to relate to recognizing Ecuador a mega-diverse country."

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