Mexico's Tequila Country to Remain World Heritage Site
"We're convinced this was a decision well taken," UNESCO official Nuria Sanz told a a press conference in this western metropolis.
The agave crops and old industrial plants where the traditional drink was made, located in the western Mexican states of Jalisco, Guanajuato and Nayarit, were named a World Heritage Site in 2006, but UNESCO said earlier this year that the region's status was threatened by pollution and mismanagement.
Sanz made a tour of the region to see what was being done or had been done by the authorities to promote cultural projects and a growth of tourism.
The UNESCO representative said that the projects undertaken in the tequila-producing area "are beginning to show how World Heritage Sites in the Latin American region can be developed," since they include projects that involve the community.
"Preserving an area is not easy, because one of the most important aspects is improving people's lives," she said.