So were you glued to your browser to watch the 42nd Session of the World Heritage Committee? That’s OK, neither were we, so here’s your summary of what happened:
During the session, the Committee inscribed 19 sites on the World Heritage List (13 cultural sites, three natural and three mixed sites, i.e. both natural and cultural). It also approved the extension of one natural site. The World Heritage List now numbers 1092 sites in 167 countries.
Newly inscribed cultural sites, in alphabetical order are:
Al-Ahsa Oasis, an evolving Cultural Landscape (Saudi Arabia)
Ancient City of Qalhat (Oman)
Caliphate City of Medina Azahara (Spain)
Göbekli Tepe (Turkey)
Naumburg Cathedral (Germany)
Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea (Republic of Korea)
Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains (South Africa)
Pimachiowin Aki (Canada)
Bikin River Valley (Russian Federation)
Also during the session, the Committee decided to inscribe Lake Turkana National Parks (Kenya) on the List of World Heritage in Danger, and removed the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System(Belize) from that list of properties whose outstanding universal value is under threat…
So 19 of the Tentative entries on The Sitelist are now Inscribed entries; the one for the extension disappears; and there’s nine new Tentative entries since the last time we synced the list up — so as you can see in the updated header, The Every World Heritage Site bucket list is up to 2787 items.
p dir=”ltr”>The page for New Inscribed Properties (2018) has photo galleries for all the new sites, so check that out and make your travel plans!