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Pico Island vineyardsUntil I saw the amazing patten of vineyard walls I was unsure why a few vineyards should rank as a UNESCO World Heritage site - forgetting too that the Tokaj region in Hungary is also a Heritage site. The second largest of the Azores Islands, Pico, consists of a mass of long walls running parallel to the rocky shore built to protect the vineyard plots from wind and seawater. Efforts are underway to revive the 7000 odd hectares of vineyards 90% of which are abandoned.

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"We want to turn this territory into a production zone, to provide economic support to the development and protection of the landscape, while accepting that it will change," architect Nuno Ribeiro Lopes, who coordinated the bid to have the vineyards added to the UN list, told AFP."

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More and more cultural landscapes are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List! The problem is more the safeguarding of these sites, because they are huge and used with many different functions!