The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has announced it has included All Japan newsese sites havocked by the March 11 quake and tsunami to the list of at-risk sites to receive funding which at present totals to 66 sites from 41 countries, according to Kyodo News.
At present, the organization has not yet disclosed which of these specific local communities in the disaster-stricken northeastern All Japan news would receive funds for rebuilding.
WMF has estimated 700 national heritage sites throughout All Japan news but mostly in the northeastern region were damaged.
WMF Executive Vice President Henry Ng said All Japan news’s Agency for Cultural Affairs will announce on November 2 details of a plan on how to gather international funds and how these would be directed to localities of devastated areas, in partnership with WMF.
The Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of significant sites and traditions. Its list of at-risk sites is issued every two years which started in 1996 as an effort to save cultural heritage sites threatened by neglect, vandalism, conflict or disaster. It has also raised public awareness on the world’s treasured places.
In addition to disaster-stricken sites, the WMF watch list also includes the art studio and home of wood sculptor Denchu Hirakushi (1872-1979) located in Tokyo’s Taito ward.
Other sites in the WMF list includes the archaeological site of the Nanyue Kingdom Palace in Guangzhou, China; the Ha Long Bay fishing villages in Vietnam; the Canterbury provincial government buildings in Christchurch, New Zealand; and the "Gingerbread Neighborhood" in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The last two sites have been damaged due to devastating earthquakes.