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Author elsslots
#91 | Posted: 25 Jun 2012 01:54 
There should be a live broadcast via this link:

For those with plenty of time on their hands: the webcast has just begon!

Author Euloroo
#92 | Posted: 25 Jun 2012 03:55 
Does anyone know if USA is present

I understood that Canada had made a similar stance to the US over Palestine, yet it has a site up for consideration?

Author winterkjm
#93 | Posted: 29 Jun 2012 21:03 | Edited by: winterkjm 
10 sites have already been inscribed bringing the total sites to 946. Here is what is left and their recommendations by IUCN or ICOMOS. I am curious if this WHC follows the recommendations. The world heritage list will most assuredly surpass 954 sites, but what other sites might gain inscription?

9 remaining sites are recommended for inscription.
4 Referrals
6 Deferrals
2 Not Inscribes

Natural Sites (5)

- Lakes of Ounianga (Chad) I
- Chengjiang Fossil Site (China) I
- Sangha Trinational (Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic) I

- Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russia) Def
- Western Ghats (India) Def

Cultural Sites (16)

- Gonbad-e Qābus (Iran) I
- The Landscape of Grand Pré (Canada) I
- Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin (France) I
- Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (Germany) I
- Mining Sites of Wallonia (Belgium) I
- Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija (Spain, Slovenia) I
- Elvas and its Fortifications (Portugal) Ref
- Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük (Turkey) Ref
- Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland (Sweden) Ref
- Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Ref

- Lenggong Valley (Malaysia) Def
- The Vineyard Landscape of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato (Italy) Def
- Kiev: Saint Cyril's and Saint Andrew's churches (Ukraine) Def
- Sacral Complex on the remains of the Roman Forum in Zadar (Croatia) Def

- Schwetzingen (Germany) NI
- Russian Kremlins (Russian Federation) NI

Author elsslots
#94 | Posted: 30 Jun 2012 00:53 
The referrals should get in I think. Yesterday, especially Japan and South Africa advocated for allowing those in which comply to all criteria but were only missing some paper work. They then asked the State Party present if they already started fixing this, to which they of course said Yes. So there was no reason anymore.

I think most of the sites can get in, provided they have a strong advocate within the committee who is prepared to write up an amendment in favour of inscription.
Like I stated earlier, there's quite a large passive group of members (Cambodia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Iraq, Malaysia, Qatar) that can swing either way.

Author elsslots
#95 | Posted: 6 Jul 2012 00:48 | Edited by: elsslots 
Remote or obscure?
After almost a week since inscription, nobody has claimed having visited the following inscribed sites. I just read that the Lakes of Ounianga see 200-600 visitors yearly.

950.Rock Islands - 0
951.Site of Xanadu - 0
952.Bassari Country - 0
953.Grand-Bassam - 0 (one review)
954.Gonbad-e Qâbus - 0
955.Lenggong Valley - 0
956.Grand Pré - 0 (one review)
957.Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland - 0 (I will visit this next Sunday!)
958.Çatalhöyük - 0
959.Lakes of Ounianga - 0
960.Sangha Trinational - 0
961.Chengjiang Fossil Site - 0 (one review)
962.Lena Pillars - 0

Author Khuft
#96 | Posted: 13 Jul 2012 07:34 
Article in The Economist on this year's WHC session, in particular with emphasis on the "World Heritage List in Danger" and what it means. The Economist basically criticises UNESCO for not dealing enough with non-state parties (as other heritage organisations do, eg. the WMF), and to put too much emphasis on Management Plans - even in cases where the government issuing them barely controls the area where a site is.

Author Euloroo
#97 | Posted: 13 Jul 2012 08:09 
Article in The Economist

Love it!
"As of this month, the following unlikely mixture of people and agencies found themselves tarred with the same brush: Liverpool City Council, the developers and municipal authorities of Panama, the Islamist rebels of West Africa and the quarrelsome bishops of some ancient Christian churches in the Middle East."

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