The United Nations cultural agency has announced an agreement with the Italian government to preserve the archaeological site at Pompeii.
Torrential rains last year badly damaged the Roman ruins, causing the House of the Gladiators and the House of the Moralist to collapse in November 2010.
The new plan will ensure restoration efforts be undertaken to prevent the site from decaying further. Under the signed agreement, UNESCO will provide expert technical assistance to guide conservation efforts and maintain Pompeii's standing the World Heritage List. The Italian government as agreed to fund the project.
The Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata have been included on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1997.