UNESCO Announces New Additions to World Heritage Site List

The Taj Mahaj, one of the most iconic UNESCO's World Heritage Sites

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The Taj Mahaj, one of the most iconic UNESCO's World Heritage Sites

The Taj Mahaj, one of the most iconic UNESCO's World Heritage Sites

© Jovyn Chamb | Unsplash

This year, UNESCO just announced the designation of eight new sites and the World Heritage Site Committee will continue voting on new additions until July 28, 2021. 

Eight new sites

  • Korean Tidal Flats, Republic of Korea
  • Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex, Thailand
  • Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands, Georgia
  • Arslantepe Mound, Turkey
  • The Dutch Water Defence Lines, Netherland
  • Colonies of Benevolence, Belgium/The Netherlands
  • The emporium of the world, China
  • Ramappa Temple, India

UNESCO’s selection criteria
To be recognised, sites must meet at least one out of ten critical selection criteria, such as: 

  • representing a masterpiece of human creative genius;
  • exhibiting an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world of developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design;
  • bearing a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared;
  • being an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history;

Being recognised as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites can impact positively on a community’s education, economy and culture. More external investment, stronger bonding of “community sense” and greater social inclusion can be achieved through a focus on protecting and promoting heritage matters

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