A few more observations
a. Masjed-e Jāmé
of Isfahan . If this is inscribed it would be an inscription in consecutive years for the city of Isfahan (after the 2011 "Persian Garden"). With the Meidan Emam it would also be that city's 3rd separate site.
b. Russian Kremlins
- Is this an amalgamation of the 2 separate T List sites of the Rostov and Astrakhan Kremlins – there seems nothing else on the T List which this could be? Quite apart from the excessive number of forts inscribed around the world this site nomination would seem to support the clichéd view of Russia as country of "Kremlins"
c. Slovenia / Spain Heritage of Mercury
. Almadén and Idrija . Referred in 2009 and deferred in 2010 but now the Mexican element of this nomination (San Luis Potosi) has been discarded. Perhaps the other 2 saw it as a bit of an albatross around their necks - but Mexico got an inscription for SLP in 2010 anyway with the Camino Real so perhaps it wasn't particularly bothered.
d. Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük
– the one cultural site of unarguable "World" significance.
e. Including the Slovenia/Spain nomination above there are 9 sites trying again after earlier deferrals/referrals/withdrawals
– Schwetzingen, Kyev extension, Bali, Hälsingland, Lena Pillars, Walloon mines, Banco Chinchorro and Rio (albeit with a revamp and name change!!). Also of course some of this year's referrals could come back. This leaves relatively few (fewer than usual??) completely NEW nominations.
f. The Hill forts of Rajastan
has been fast tracked indeed –it was only put on the T List in 2011 having been submitted 31/12/10. Hardly time to get the nomination file to UNESCO by end Jan! See http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-12-30/jaipur/28213200_1_forts-cultur al-nomination-category-topographical-base
g. The Rabat
site seems to include French "Colonial" architecture alongside earlier (and later) indigenous buildings.
h. Just 4 Natural nominations
- Lacs d'Ounianga, Chengjiang Fossil Site, Palau Rock Islands, Lena Pillars
is continuing with its decision NOT to nominate the Eastern Arc Mountains – note the heavy "deletion" line on the document for next year to show how late it was despite being a "complete" nomination –UNESCO is making a point I feel as the document could easily have been revamped to remove it. I don't think we have heard the last of the Serengeti highway and Tanzania is wanting to remove "1%" of Selous NP from that site for uranium mining! Tanzania seems determined to take the lead in saying that African countries have the right to develop and will not be stopped by Western conservationists. Trouble ahead??
j. New countries
in with a chance are Chad, Palau and Qatar – plus any of this year's carry forwards of course
seems very active with another nomination. With a population of around 14 million it might well be the African country with the greatest number of sites per capita (other than micro and desert countries). Perhaps is is being "tutored" by its previous colonial master France!!!
is in line for 2 "presents" for hosting the WHC in St Petersburg!! (Kremlins and Lena Pillars)