World Heritage Committee names new sites
From 24 June to 4 July, the World Heritage Committee met in Manama, Bahrain’s capital, to decide which sites would be added to the World Heritage List. In total, the Committee inscribed 19 sites: 13 cultural sites, three natural sites, and three mixed sites, that is, both cultural and natural. It also approved the extension of one natural site. The World Heritage List now numbers 1,092 sites in 167 countries.
Of the newly inscribed cultural sites are Naumburg Cathedral in Germany as a testimony to medieval art and architecture. The world’s largest oasis – the Al-Ahsa Oasis in Saudi Arabia – has also made it on the list, along with the Sansa Buddhist mountain monasteries in Korea.
A new natural site on the list is the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains in South Africa, the best-preserved succession of volcanic and sedimentary rock dating back as far as 3.6 billion years. An example of a mixed site is Colombia’s Chiribiquete National Park with its sandstone plateaux and over 75,000 paintings adorning rock shelters.
Also during the session, the Committee reviewed the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System was removed from the list, while Kenya’s Lake Turkana National Parks was added.