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Mount Etna proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site

Active volcano recognized for longest recorded history

Mount Etna proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage site

Phnom Penh, June 21 - Sicily's Mount Etna was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site on Friday, making it the fourth approved in the country for its natural criteria. At the organization's annual ceremony, held this year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, UNESCO said that the active volcano had "one of the longest documented histories in vulcanology". Other natural heritage sites in Italy include the Aeolian Islands, Mount St. George and the Dolomites. "This is a significant milestone for Italy," Environment Minister Andrea Orlando said. "The UNESCO recognition, as for the Dolomites, is an opportunity for our country to combine environmental protection with the development of the area, by investing in a sustainable development," Orlando said. Currently Italy is the country that has the largest number of World Heritage sites, with 47 total included the UNESCO list that is comprised of cultural and natural attractions.

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