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Author elsslots
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#1 | Posted: 30 Oct 2014 09:16 
http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/regio/brussel/belga_20141030_sonienwoud_schiet_wort el_als_unesco

This is about a possible nomination of the "ZoniŽnwoud" (ForÍt de Soignes) as WHS in 2017. Will this be an extension of the Primeval Beech Forest WHS?

I can't find it on the Tentative List either.

Author meltwaterfalls
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#2 | Posted: 30 Oct 2014 11:01 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
I'm actually fairly happy about that it adds a potential extra WHS to the run Solivagant picked out a few years back that enables you to visit 5.

Here is the route if anyone fancied breaking out their running shoes.

Author elsslots
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#3 | Posted: 12 Feb 2015 00:56 
elsslots:
Will this be an extension of the Primeval Beech Forest WHS?

To answer my own question: yes it is. 33 forests in 12 countries are supposed to be added.
Not yet shown on the Belgian T List though, although this news link says it has been added before the January deadline

http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws/regio/brussel/1.2236747

Author kanfil
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#4 | Posted: 14 Feb 2015 09:10 
Lots of upcoming WH sites for a small country like Belgium:

2016: Le Corbusier (maison Guiette in Antwerp)
2017: ZoniŽnwoud as an extension for Primeval Beech forests
2017: Great Spas of Europe (Spa)
2017: Funeral and memorial sites of the First World War (Western Front)

For the last one, I think they will postpone it to 2018,to celebrate the end of World War I

This would make a total of 15 WH sites !

Author winterkjm
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#5 | Posted: 14 Feb 2015 13:17 
I would guess these (3) sites will not be easy inscriptions, no? Has IUCN ever mentioned or supported such a large extension of the Primeval Beech forests? It seems like such a scattered natural nomination with little pockets all over Europe is a unique/strange proposal with little precedent.

2017: ZoniŽnwoud as an extension for Primeval Beech forests
2017: Great Spas of Europe (Spa)
2017: Funeral and memorial sites of the First World War (Western Front)

Author elsslots
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#6 | Posted: 14 Feb 2015 13:29 
winterkjm:
scattered natural nomination

The current Primeval Beech Forests WHS already is very scattered. It's the same story as with the Great Spas of Europe or the Corbusier sites. I do not see a particular problem.

Author winterkjm
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#7 | Posted: 14 Feb 2015 13:44 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Has there been many "scattered" natural nominations in so many countries before? I can't really think of any off the top of my head. Currently 3 countries are included in the inscription, but a rumored 12 others?

Its also interesting to consider the Primeval Beach Forests are inscribed on just the single criteria, which is (ix): to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals.

Els, have you visited the "likely" nominated area in Belgium? I can't speak of the merits of the WHS, having never been, but I am intrigued by this seemingly unusual nomination and its potentially very large extension. It could open up nominations all over the world of disconnected ecosystems.

Author elsslots
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#8 | Posted: 14 Feb 2015 14:08 
winterkjm:
Els, have you visited the "likely" nominated area in Belgium?

No I haven't. But it may be a good idea to do so.

Author elsslots
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#9 | Posted: 14 Feb 2015 14:38 | Edited by: elsslots 
winterkjm:
2017: ZoniŽnwoud as an extension for Primeval Beech forests

An interesting little fact about this forest is that it lies spread out over all 3 Belgian federal regions (Flanders, Wallonia, Brussels). So it already has crossed a high bureaucratic hurdle in its own country to get nominated.

Author elsslots
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#10 | Posted: 14 Feb 2015 14:48 
elsslots:
winterkjm: Els, have you visited the "likely" nominated area in Belgium? No I haven't. But it may be a good idea to do so.


Oops - it seems that I have. The (gardens of the) Africa Museum in Tervuren (well worth visiting anyway) apparently lies within this park
http://www.zonienwoud.be/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/170412_Kaart_ZoniŽn.pdf

Author kanfil
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#11 | Posted: 15 Feb 2015 04:29 
I've forgotten one:
2018: KOLONIňN VAN WELDADIGHEID (AGRICULTURAL PAUPER COLONY) There are two in belgiem too (Wortel and Merksplas)

Author meltwaterfalls
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#12 | Posted: 15 Feb 2015 16:01 
Belgium seems to be doing quite well without actually leading on any nominations. That Beech forest extension isn't really setting my heart a-flutter but I may swing past next time I am there to pay it more of a visit than I did last time.

Author meltwaterfalls
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#13 | Posted: 4 Mar 2015 11:33 
I called into ZoniŽnwoud over the weekend. It was a pleasant place to have a croissant on a bright sunny morning whilst watching locals out exercising, and you could really see the prevalence of the Beech trees.

However it is just a forest sandwiched in between stretches of motorways. Perhaps it is really important, but it didn't feel particularly outstanding, much like the forests around cities all across Europe.

Author winterkjm
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#14 | Posted: 17 Mar 2015 01:36 | Edited by: winterkjm 
elsslots:
elsslots: Will this be an extension of the Primeval Beech Forest WHS?To answer my own question: yes it is. 33 forests in 12 countries are supposed to be added. Not yet shown on the Belgian T List though, although this news link says it has been added before the January deadline

Check the State of Conservation Report for the Primeval Beach Forest WHS, there is extensive information about the potential expansion in the later part of the document.

Author Zoe
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#15 | Posted: 5 Jun 2018 03:52 
The map of Antwerp (Take Antwerp!) shows the Court of Justice at Bolivarplaats as UNESCO. I can't find any info on this so they have a misprint?

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