Over the past week, 13 travel destinations have been added to the World Heritage List. As a student or traveler interested in going abroad, these nominations affect us. Each nomination enables a culturally or historically significant place to receive much needed international support for its preservation. The World Heritage Committee is currently meeting to nominate more sites to the World Heritage List. From June 22nd until the 30th the Committee will nominate places to inscribe to the list.
Curious about those 13 spots?
The two new natural sites include: The Wadden Sea in Germany / The Netherlands; and the Dolomites, a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps.
The 11 new cultural sites: The Stoclet House in Belgium; the Ruins of Loropéni in Burkina Faso (near the borders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo); Cidade Velha (Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande) in Cape Verde; Mount Wutai, a sacred Buddhist mountain in China; Shushtar, a 5th century B.C. hydraulic system in Iran; Sulamain, a sacred mountain in Kyrgyzstan, considered the most complete example of a sacred mountain anywhere in Central Asia; the Sacred City of Caral-Supe in Peru; the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty in the Republic of Korea; the Tower of Hercules in Spain; Swiss watchmaking towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle; and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal in the United Kingdom.
The Committee also added several sites to it’s “Danger” list: the Belize Barrier Reef System; Los Katios National Park in Columbia; and the historical monuments of Mtskheta in Georgia.
For more informaton on the newest additions to the World Heritage List check out the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.