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Backgrounder: 42 candidate sites for UNESCO World Heritage List

05-06-2011 08:13 BJT

PARIS, May 5 (Xinhua) -- The 35th session of the World Heritage Committee will be held in Paris from June 19 to 29. The annual meeting will consider 42 natural and cultural properties in 40 countries for the inscription on the World Heritage List of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Last year's meeting added 21 out of 32 proposed candidate sites onto the list. The following is a full list of the sites to be considered this year:

Ten natural properties scheduled for consideration:

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 ( Vietnam).

Twenty-nine cultural properties scheduled for consideration:

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 Cevennes ( 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); Leon 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 (Vietnam).

Three properties proposed for both natural and cultural criteria as "mixed natural and cultural" sites:

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (Jamaica); Wadi Rum (Jordan); Saloum Delta

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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