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Monday 29 Jun 2009

13 lined up for World Heritage Status

Stoclet House, Copyright UNESCO/ Ville de Govet/MBC/DMS 
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890 properties now listed under UNESCO register 

Eleven cultural sites and two natural sites have been added to UNESCO’s register of World Heritage Sites at the 33rd session of the Committee being held in Seville, Spain. Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Kyrgyzstan also achieved their first entries into the register.

The new cultural additions are as follows: Stoclet House (Belgium); The Ruins of Loropéni (Burkina Faso); Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande(Cape Verde); Mount Wutai (China); Shushtar, Historical Hydraulic System (Iran); Sulamain-Too Sacred Mountain (Kyrgyzstan); The Sacred City of Caral-Supe (Peru); The Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (Republic of Korea); The Tower of Hercules (Spain); La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle watchmaking town-planning (Switzerland); Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (United Kingdom); The Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains (France); Levoča (Slovakia). The final two sites were added as extensions to previously listed sites.

The natural sites added are; The Wadden Sea between Germany and the Netherlands and The Dolomites, a mountain range situated in the Italian Alps.

For only the second time in the history of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage adopted by UNESCO in 1972, a site was removed from the World Heritage List when the Committee decided that Germany’s Dresden Elbe Valley could no longer retain its status as a World Heritage site of outstanding universal value. The decision was due to the construction underway of a four-lane bridge in the heart of the cultural landscape.

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