25 new properties inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List

From WHC:

The World Heritage Committee has inscribed a total of 25 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, including three natural properties, 21 cultural and one mixed site. Two properties were added to the World Heritage List in Danger and one was removed from that list. The World Heritage List now numbers 936 properties: 183 natural sites; 725 cultural; and 28 mixed.

Natural properties:

  • Ningaloo Coast (Australia)
  • Ogasawara Islands (Japan)
  • Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley (Kenya)

Mixed natural and cultural properties:

  • Wadi Rum Protected Area (Jordan)

Cultural Properties:

  • Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison (Barbados)
  • West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou (China)
  • Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia (Colombia)
  • The Persian Garden (Iran)
  • Konso Cultural Landscape (Ethiopia)
  • The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean Agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape (France)
  • Fagus Factory in Alfeld (Germany)
  • Longobards in Italy. Places of the power (568-774 A.D.) (Italy)
  • Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing
  • The Buddhist Pure Land (Japan)
  • Fort Jesus, Mombasa (Kenya)
  • Petroglyphs Complexes of the Mongolian Altai (Mongolia)
  • León Cathedral (Nicaragua)
  • Saloum Delta (Senegal)
  • Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana (Spain)
  • Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe (Sudan)
  • Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps (Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia)
  • Ancient Villages of Northern Syria (Syrian Arab Republic)
  • Selimiye Mosque Complex at Edirne (Turkey)
  • Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas) (United Arab Emirates)
  • The Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans (Ukraine)
  • Citadel of the Ho Dynasty (Viet Nam)

Extensions:

  • Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany (Slovakia, Ukraine, Germany)

Additions to the World Heritage List in Danger:

  • Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras)
  • Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (Indonesia)

Removed from World Heritage List in Danger:

  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (India)

Short description of each property can be viewed here.

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42 new sites considered for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List

From WHC:

Six of these countries stand to have properties inscribed on the World Heritage List for the first time during the forthcoming session: Barbados, Jamaica, Micronesia, Palau, Congo, and the United Arab Emirates.

Natural properties scheduled for consideration at the time of publication are: Ningaloo Coast (Australia); Pendjari National Park (Benin, an extension of W National Park of Niger); Wudalianchi National Park (China); Ancient Beech Forests of Germany (Germany, an extension of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians, Slovakia and Ukraine); Western Ghats (India); Harra Protected Area (Iran); Ogasawara Islands (Japan); Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley; (Kenya); Trinational Sangha (Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic) and the nomination under new criteria of the World Heritage property of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (Viet Nam).

Three properties are proposed for both natural and cultural criteria as “mixed natural and cultural” sites. They are: Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (Jamaica); Wadi Rum (Jordan); and Saloum Delta (Senegal).

The following cultural properties will be considered for inscription: Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy (Bahrain); Bridgetown and its Garrison (Barbados); West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou (China); Coffee Cultural Landscape (Colombia); Konso Cultural Landscape (Ethiopia); The Causses and the Cévennes (France); The architectural work of Le Corbusier, an outstanding contribution to the Modern Movement (France, Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Switzerland); Fagus Factory in Alfeld (Germany); The Persian Garden (Iran); The Land of Caves and Hiding (Israel); The Triple-arch Gate at Dan (Israel); The Longobards in Italy, Places of Power, 568 – 774 A.D., (Italy); Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (Japan); Fort Jesus, Mombasa (Kenya); Fundidora Monterre (Mexico); Transboundary Nomination for Yapese Stone Money Sites in Palau and Yap (Micronesia / Palau); Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai (Mongolia); León Cathedral (Nicaragua); Oke-Idanre Cultural Landscape (Nigeria); Historical City of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana (Spain); Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe (Sudan); Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps (Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia); Ancient villages of Northern Syria (Syrian Arab Republic); Old City and Ramparts of Alanya with Seljuk Shipyard (Turkey); Selimiye Mosque and its social Complex (Turkey); Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatia Metropolitans (Ukraine); Cultural Sites of Al Ain: Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas (United Arab Emirates); Citadel of the Ho Dynasty (Viet Nam).

During the session, World Heritage Committee members will examine the state of conservation of 169 properties including the 34 sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger because of serious threats to their outstanding universal value.

The World Heritage Committee, responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, comprises representatives of 21 countries, elected by the States Parties of the World Heritage Convention for four years. Each year, the Committee adds new sites to the List.

New sites are proposed by States Parties. Applications are reviewed by two advisory bodies: cultural sites by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and natural sites by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The advisory bodies inform the Committee of their recommendations.

To date, the World Heritage List numbers 911 properties of “outstanding universal value,” including 704 cultural, 180 natural and 27 mixed properties in 151 States Parties. The World Heritage Convention has been ratified by 187 States Parties to date.

2010: A total of 21 new sites inscribed on World Heritage List

From UNESCO WHC:

The 34th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Brasilia since 25 July today finished its consideration of nominations for the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Meeting under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Culture of Brazil, João Luiz da Silva Ferreira, the Committee inscribed 21 new sites, including 15 cultural, 5 natural and 1 mixed properties. Three countries, Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Tajikistan, had sites added for the first time. One existing natural site was also recognized for its cultural values and thus becomes a mixed site.

The World Heritage Committee also added four sites to the List of World Heritage in Danger and removed the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) from this List.

The new sites on the World Heritage List of Sites in Danger are (in alphabetical order):

The new mixed site is:

The new cultural sites are:

The new natural sites are:

World Heritage sites that have been extended are:

The Committee also recognised the cultural values of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania), which was inscribed in 1979 as a natural site. This property now becomes a mixed site

The 34th session of the World Heritage Committee opened on 25 July and will close on 3 August. The next session will be held in June 2011 in Bahrain.

From UNESCO WHC

Call for papers – JCHMSD

From UNESCO-WHC:

The new Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (JCHMSD), is currently considering papers for inclusion in its first issue launching in 2011. The double-blind peer reviewed journal is edited by Ana Pereira Roders, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, and Ron van Oers, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, France. It stimulates and encourages research devoted to the sustainable development of cultural heritage and to the positive contribution of cultural heritage management towards a sustainable environment.

Coverage includes, but is not limited to:

  • Cultural heritage – assessment, management, marketing and publicity, tangible and intangible dimensions
  • Sustainable development – preservation, conservation, restoration, rehabilitation, reconstruction, demolition, best practices, unsustainable development and consequent threats e.g. urban developments, large-scale agriculture, mining activity
  • Cultural heritage and sustainable development – legislation, Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment, effects of climate change, ecological sustainability, social sustainability, economic sustainability
  • The role of research and scholarship
  • Teaching & curriculum development

Submission:
Submissions should be sent by email to the Editors before August 2010:
Ana Pereira Roders: a.r.pereira-roders@bwk.tue.nl
Ron van Oers: R.Vanoers@unesco.org

Articles should be supplied in Word format. All authors’ details must be printed on a separate sheet and authors should not be identified anywhere else in the article. Submissions will be “concise-paper” articles of around 2,000 – 6,000 words. A title of no more than eight words should be provided.

More information can be found at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/jchmsd.htm

From UNESCO-WHC

114 new terracotta warriors unearthed in Xi’an

View of the largest excavation pit of the Terracotta Army

From China Daily:

A company of Terracotta Warriors – most painted in rich colors – have been unearthed at the largest pit within the mausoleum complex of the emperor who first unified China.

A total of 114 Terracotta Warriors have been found at No 1 pit, one of three, where excavation started in June last year, said Xu Weihong, head of the excavation team…

[Read the rest of the article here.]

World Monuments Fund 2010 Watch

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The 2010 Watch makes it clear that cultural heritage efforts in the 21st century must recognize the critical importance of sustainable stewardship, and that we must work closely with local partners to create viable and appropriate opportunities to advance this. The sites on the 2010 Watch list make a dramatic case for the need to bring together a variety of sectors—economic, environmental, heritage preservation, and social—when we are making plans that will affect us all. Greater cooperation among these sectors would benefit humanity today, while ensuring our place as stewards of the Earth for the next generation.

Afghanistan

OLD CITY OF HERAT

Herat, Afghanistan

Argentina

BUENOS AIRES HISTORIC CENTER

Buenos Aires, Argentina

TEATRO COLÓN

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Armenia

AGHJOTS MONASTERY

Garni Village, Armenia

Austria

WIENER WERKBUNDSIEDLUNG

Vienna, Austria

Bahrain

SUQ AL-QAYSARIYA

Muharraq, Bahrain

BTN-Phajoding-03_0Belgium

SANATORIUM JOSEPH LEMAIRE

Tombeek, Belgium

Bhutan

PHAJODING

Thimphu, Bhutan

Chile

Colombia

SAN FERNANDO AND SAN JOSE FORTRESSES

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

COM-Ujumbe-04SANTA FE DE ANTIOQUIA HISTORIC CENTER

Province of Antioquia, Colombia

Comoros

UJUMBE PALACE

Mutsamudu, Anjouan, Comoros

Cyprus

Ecuador

TODOS SANTOS COMPLEX

Cuenca, Ecuador

Egypt

NEW GOURNA VILLAGE

Luxor, West Bank, Egypt

OLD MOSQUE OF SHALI FORTRESS

Siwa Oasis, Egypt

France

FRA-Eglise-01EGLISE PAROISSIALE DE SAINT-MARTIN-DES-PUITS

Saint Martin-des-Puits, France

HÔTEL DE MONNAIES

Villemagne L’Argentière, France

Greece

CHURCHES OF LESVOS

Lesvos, Greece

Guatemala

KAMINALJUYU

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Haiti

GINGERBREAD HOUSES

Port au Prince, Haiti

India

CHIKTAN CASTLE

Kargil, India

DECHEN NAMGYAL GONPA

Nyoma, India

KOTHI, QILA MAHMUDABAD

Mahmudabad, India

IND-Kothi-01_0Iraq

AL-HADBA’ MINARET

Mosul, Iraq

Ireland

RUSSBOROUGH

Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland

Israel

OLD CITY OF LOD

Lod, Israel

Italy

PONTE LUCANO

Tivoli, Italy

VILLA OF SAN GILIO

Oppido Lucano, Italy

JOR-Damiya-01Japan

MACHIYA TOWNHOUSES

Kyoto, Japan

Jordan

DAMIYA DOLMEN FIELD

Damiya, Jordan Valley, Jordan

Kazakhstan

Laos

HINTANG ARCHAEOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE

Houameuang District, Laos

TAM TING

Nam Kong River at Ban Pak Ou, Laos

Moldova

Morocco

LIXUS

Larache, Morocco

Old City of Jerusalem

CATHEDRAL OF ST. JAMES

Old City of Jerusalem

Pakistan

PAK-Petroglyphs-03SHIKARPOOR HISTORIC CITY CENTER

Shikarpoor Municipality, Pakistan

Panama

COROZAL CEMETERY

Panama City, Panama

HISTORIC CENTER OF COLÓN

Colón, Panama

MOUNT HOPE CEMETERY

Colón, Panama

Paraguay

Peru

CHANKILLO

San Rafael District, Peru

JESUIT CHURCHES OF SAN JOSÉ AND SAN JAVIER

Changuillo and El Ingenio, Nazca, Peru

PER-Pachacamac-01PACHMACAMAC SANCTUARY

Lurín, Peru

SANTUARIO HISTÓRICO MACHU PICCHU

Distrito de Machu Picchu, Peru

TAMBO COLORADO

Humay, Peru

Philippines

NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA ASUNCIÓN

Municipality of Santa Maria, Philippines

SAN SEBASTIAN BASILICA

Manila, Philippines

Slovakia

LIETAVA CASTLE

Lietava, Slovakia

South Africa

WONDERWERK CAVE

Ga-Segonyana / Kuruman, South Africa

Sri Lanka

DUTCH FORT OF BATTICALOA

Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Tanzania

PANGANI HISTORIC TOWN

Pangani, Tanzania

Uganda

WAMALA KING’S TOMBS

Nansana, Wakiso District, Uganda

United Kingdom

CARLISLE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH

Belfast, Northern Island, United Kingdom

EDINBURGH HISTORIC GRAVEYARDS

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

GBR-Sheerness-01SHEERNESS DOCKYARD

Sheerness, United Kingdom

United States

ATLANTA-FULTON CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

COMMODORE RALPH MIDDLETON MUNROE MIAMI MARINE STADIUM

Miami, Florida, United States
Miami Marine Stadium was the first purpose-built venue for powerboat racing in the United States. (Learn More)

CULTURAL LANDSCAPE OF HADLEY, MASSACHUSETTS

Hadley, Massachusetts, United States

PHILLIS WHEATLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

ST. LOUIS CEMETERY NO. 2

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

USA-Hadley-02_0TALIESIN

Spring Green, Wisconsin, United States

TALIESIN WEST

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

TAOS PUEBLO

Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, United States

THE BRIDGES OF THE MERRITT PARKWAY

Connecticut, United States

Uzbekistan

DESERT CASTLES OF ANCIENT KHOREZM

UZB-Desert-02_0

Republic of Karakalpakstan/Elli-Kala District & Beruni District, Uzbekistan

Venezuela

PARQUE DEL ESTE

Caracas, Venezuela

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