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Norfolk and Suffolk broads target world heritage status

The Broads
The broads are an internationally recognised wetland

Officials overseeing the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are planning to bid for World Heritage Status.

The area already has the status of a National Park and Britain's largest protected wetland.

It is hoped World Heritage Status will promote the site internationally while encouraging the highest quality of standards for tourism and conservation.

John Packman, chief executive of the Broads Authority, said members were set to discuss proposals on 14 May.

Natural heritage

The Broads Forum, a committee of user groups, is supporting the proposal.

Mr Packman said: "Our preliminary view suggests that the Broads would meet the UK criteria in three of the 10 categories under which sites can be nominated.

"As a member of the UK's family of National Parks we are some distance there already."

The 890 World Heritage Sites are "places of outstanding universal value to all humanity and are of great importance for the conservation of mankind's cultural and natural heritage."

There are 28 sites in the UK, including Durham Cathedral and Castle, Ironbridge Gorge, Stonehenge, the Tower of London and the Dorset and East Devon Coast.

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