20 Feb 2009

Push for Marshalls nuclear test atoll to be made World Heritage Site

2:12 pm on 20 February 2009

A representative for the people of Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands says it is a fitting candidate to be named a World Heritage Site.

Jack Niedenthal and Australia-based consultant Nicole Baker have submitted a proposal to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation for Bikini Atoll to be recognised as a World Heritage Site.

Bikini Atoll is known as the testing ground for a series of atomic bomb blasts conducted by the United States after World War Two.

The trust liaison for the people of Bikini Atoll and director of its tourism programme, Mr Niedenthal says the atoll is worthy of this recognition because it is a reference point for the world in terms of nuclear testing.

"I think the World Heritage need places like Bikini in their portfolio. I mean, it's nice to have a lot of these European sites but there's also been a lot of history out here in the Pacific that's affected the rest of the world."

Jack Niedenthal says the World Heritage nomination for Bikini Atoll is now undergoing a lengthy review process.