World Heritage Committee in Manama (Bahrain) to Examine New Nominations to the World Heritage List



Release Date

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Paris, 14 June—The World Heritage Committee will inscribe some of the 30 sites nominated for inclusion on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its forthcoming meeting in Manama under the chair of Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of Bahrain from 24 June to 4 July. 

The proposed additions to the World Heritage List number five natural sites, including one extension to a site already inscribed, three mixed sites (i.e. both natural and cultural) and 22 cultural sites. The advisory bodies’ evaluation of the proposed sites are available online and the debates of the session will be webcast.

The Committee will furthermore examine the state of conservation of 157 sites already on the World Heritage List. Fifty-four of those sites, are also on the List of World Heritage in Danger. 

The following site will be examined with a view to deleting it from the World Heritage List:

The following sites are slated for inclusion on the List of World Heritage in Danger:

The site of Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize), currently on the List of World Heritage in Danger, may be removed from that list due to improvements in its conservation.

The following proposals for inscription will scheduled to be examined as of the afternoon of 29 June.

Natural sites:

  • Fanjingshan (China)

  • Chaine des Puys - Limagne fault tectonic arena (France)

  • Arasbaran Protected Area (Islamic Republic of Iran)

  • Bikine River Valley [extension of Central Sikhote-Alin, inscribed in 2001] (Russian Federation)

  • Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains (South Africa)

Mixed sites:

  • Pimachiowin Aki (Canada)

  • Chiribiquete National Park – “The Maloca of the Jaguar” (Colombia)

  • Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley: original habitat of Mesoamerica (Mexico)

Cultural sites:

  • ≈Ωatec – the Town of Hops (Czechia)

  • Funeral and memorial sites of the First World War (Western Front) (Belgium / France)

  • Colonies of Benevolence (Belgium / Netherlands)

  • Historic Monuments and Sites of Ancient Quanzhou—Zayton (China)

  • Aasivissuit—Nipisat Inuit Hunting Ground between Ice and Sea (Denmark)

  • Historic Urban Ensemble of Nîmes (France)

  • Archaeological Border Landscape of Hedeby and the Danevirke (Germany)

  • Naumburg Cathedral (Germany)

  • Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai (India)

  • Age of Trade: Old Town of Jakarta (formerly Old Batavia) and Four Outlying Islands—Onrust, Kelor, Cipir and Bidadari (Indonesia)

  • Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region (Islamic Republic of Iran)

  • Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century (Italy)

  • Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano a Valdobbiadene (Italy)

  • Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region (Japan)

  • Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site (Kenya)

  • Ancient City of Qalhat (Oman)

  • Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea (Republic of Korea)

  • Ro»ôia MontanƒÉ Mining Landscape (Romania)

  • Al-Ahsa Oasis, an Evolving Cultural Landscape (Saudi Arabia)

  • Caliphate City of Medina Azahara (Spain)

  • Göbekli Tepe (Turkey)

  • Khor Dubai, a Traditional Merchants’ Harbour (United Arab Emirates)

  • The World Heritage Young Professionals Forum will take place in Manama ahead of the Committee session, from 17 to 26 June. Its theme this year will be: Protecting Heritage in an Ever-Changing World.

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