World Heritage Committee meeting opens in Doha

The World Heritage Committee will consider the inscription of 34 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List at its meeting in Doha (Qatar), which began this evening and will continue through to 25 June under the chair of Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani. The state of conservation of more than 100 existing World Heritage properties will also be reviewed during the session.

The sites to be examined include:

Natural sites: Okavango Delta (Botswana), South China Karst (Phase II) [Extension of the “South China Karst”] (China), Stevns Klint (Denmark), Wadden Sea  [Extension of the “Wadden Sea” (Germany/Netherlands)] (Denmark and Germany), Tectono-volcanic Ensemble of the Chaine des Puys and Limagne Fault (France), Great Himalayan National Park (India), Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (Philippines), Bialowieza Forest [extension and renomination of “Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest” (Belarus/Poland).

Mixed natural and cultural sites: Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche [extension of the “Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche”] (Mexico), Trang An Landscape Complex (Viet Nam).

Cultural sites: Qhapaq Nan, Andean Road System (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru), The Grand Canal (China), Precolumbian Chiefdom Settlements with Stone Spheres of the Diquís (Costa Rica), Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, Ardèche (France), Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey (Germany), Tongo-Tengzuk Tallensi Cultural Landscape (Ghana), Rani-ki-Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat (India), Sharhr-I Sokhta (Iran), Erbil Citadel (Iraq), Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands as a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves (Israel), The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato (Italy), Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites (Japan), Silk Roads: Initial Section of the Silk Roads, the Routes Network of Tian-shan Corridor (Kyrgyzstan, China and  Kazakhstan), Mount Mulanje Cultural Landscape (Malawi), Pyu Ancient Cities (Myanmar), Van Nellefabriek (Netherlands), Namhansanseong (Republic of Korea), Bolgar Historical and Archaeological Complex (Russian Federation), Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah (Saudi Arabia), Silk Roads: Penjikent-Samarkand-Poykent Corridor, (Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), Bursa and Cumalikizik: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape (Turkey), Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek) (United Arab Emirates), Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point (United States of America), Barotse Cultural Landscape (Zambia).

The proposed inscription of Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir, will be reviewed by the Committee under the emergency procedure applied to sites facing serious dangers (see items 161 and 162 in the World Heritage Convention’s Operational Guidelines).

A number of side events will be held during the session, notably an African Ministers’ Round Table discussion on World Heritage in Africa (21 June, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.). Another side event will be devoted to World Heritage partnerships highlighting successful preservation projects supported by private sector companies and foundations (22 June, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

During the session, Committee members will also be presented with the conclusions and recommendations of a World Heritage Youth Forum held in Qatar from 4 to 15 of June.

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The work of the session can be followed via daily webcasts (see http://whc.unesco.org/).

UNESCO Media Contact in Doha
Sue Williams,
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