Sítio, located in Barra de Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro, has one of the most important botanical collections in the world
A Unesco started to evaluate in China nominations for the next world cultural and natural heritage. Brazil is in contention and is represented by the site Roberto Burle Marx, located in Barra de Guaratiba, west of the city of Rio de Janeiro. There are works by the landscaper and a botanical laboratory. Suzana Bezerra, a biologist at the site, says that preservation is important because of the memory of Burle Marx and the botanical collection — one of the most important in the world. “The collection is a tropical and subtropical collection from around the world. Burle Marx visited several Brazilian biomes in search of these plants to use in landscaping and they came from other parts of the world as well. We are representatives of Amazon, Atlantic Forest, Cerrado, Caatinga, Malaysia, India, China and so on.”
The regulation allows each country to present only one item each year. The 44th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will take place in Fuzhou, China, after one year. There are pending applications from last year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the case of the Brazilian website, for example. The decision must come out tomorrow. If confirmed, it will be the 23rd Brazilian property on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The last national asset to reach this level at Unesco is the set of localities of Paraty e Big Island, in the Costa Verde of Rio de Janeiro.
*With information from reporter Fernando Martins