Today I read the report of the commission that has decided on the new Dutch Tentative List. You can find it here
(all in Dutch), it is a well-written account of how they decided, what the OUV of the nominated sites is and why other sites have not been considered.
- They are a bit critical of the (limited) thematic approach that has been underlying Dutch nominations in the past.
- They now have looked very hard at the Global Approach, and the chances of getting a site in (also taking the management and support into account). Historic city centers or religious buildings are seen as overrepresented, and thus NL will not nominate them anymore.
- The Netherlands (the European part at least) does not have any "nature" (in the Unesco definition of it) anymore, so cannot/will not nominate natural sites except from those at the (former) Dutch Antilles.
- The "Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie" is proposed as an extension to the Defense Line of Amsterdam.
- However, the "Noordoostpolder" is proposed as a separate site from Schokland (which is in the Noordoostpolder)
- They had wanted to include transboundary nominations, but did not find any
- The first nominations will be Plantagesysteem Westelijk Curaçao, Teylers Museum & Van Nellefabriek, but no years or order are given
- Het Schip (discussed in the posts above) was rejected because they saw it as too limited, a more representative site would be the whole neighbourhood (Spaarndammerbuurt). Het Raadhuis Hilversum was rejected because it only has architectural value, and the socially more relevant Van Nellefabriek and Sanatorium Zonnestraal are given priority.
I also posted about it on my Dutch weblog