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Author winterkjm
#1 | Posted: 23 Jan 2021 13:04 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Perhaps interesting to look at the entire catalogue of nominations.

WHC 2020/2021 (47 Nominations)

Africa (4)
- Lake Chad Cultural Landscape (Cameroon / Chad / Niger / Nigeria)
- North Ivorian Sudanese Style Mosques (Cote d'Ivoire)
- Holqa Sof Umar: Natural and Cultural Heritage (Sof Umar: Caves of Mystery) (Ethiopia)
- Ivindo National Park (Gabon)

Arab States (3)
- The Coptic Monasteries of Wadi al-Natrun (Egypt)
- As-Salt The Place of Tolerance and Urban Hospitality (Jordan)
- Cultural Rock Arts in Himã Najrãn (Saudi Arabia)

Asia & Pacific (11)
- Historic Monuments and Sites of Ancient Quanzhou (Zayton) (China)
- Badain Jaran Desert - Towers of Sand and Lakes (China)
- The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways – Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple (India)
- Dholavira: A Harappan City (India)
- Trans-Iranian Railway (Iran)
- Cultural Landscape of Hawraman/Uramanat (Iran)
- Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island (Japan)
- Jomon Prehistoric Sites in Northern Japan (Japan)
- Deer Stone Monuments and Related Sites, the Heart of Bronze Age Culture (Mongolia)
- Getbol, Korean Tidal Flat (Republic of Korea)
- Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (Thailand)

Europe (23)
- The Great Spas of Europe (Austria / Belgium / Czechia / France / Germany / Italy / United Kingdom)
- Colonies of Benevolence: agricultural pauper colonies (Belgium, Netherlands)
- Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests (Bosnia-Herzegovina / Czechia / France / Italy / Montenegro / N. Macedonia / Poland / Serbia / Slovakia / Switzerland) [Extension]
- The Lighthouse of Cordouan (France)
- Nice, Capital of Tourism in the Riviera (France)
- Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands (Georgia)
- Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt (Germany)
- ShUM Sites of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (Germany)
- Frontiers of the Roman Empire – The Lower German Limes (Germany, Netherlands) [Extension]
- Fortress of Spinalonga (Greece)
- Padova Urbs picta, Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel and Padua's fourteenth-century fresco cycles (Italy)
- The Porticoes of Bologna (Italy)
- Grobina Archaeological Ensemble (Latvia)
- Dutch Water Defense Lines (Netherlands) [Extension]
- Gdańsk Shipyard (Poland)
- Roșia Montană Mining Cultural Landscape (Romania)
- Petroglyphs of the Lake Onega and the White Sea (Russia)
- Classical Karst (Slovenia)
- Ljubljana: The Timeless, Human Capital Designed by Jože Plečnik (Slovenia)
- Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro, a Landscape of Arts and Sciences (Spain)
- Ribeira Sacra (Spain)
- Arslantepe Mound (Turkey)
- The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales (United Kingdom)

Latin America & Caribbean (6)
- Sítio Roberto Burle Marx (Brazil)
- Settlement and Artificial Mummification of the Chinchorro Culture in the Arica and Parinacota Region (Chile)
- Historical and Archaeological Site of La Isabela (Dominican Republic)
- Franciscan Ensemble of the Monastery and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Tlaxcala (Mexico) [Extension]
- Chankillo Solar Observatory and Ceremonial Center (Peru)
- The Work of Engineer Eladio Dieste: Atlántida church (Uruguay)

Which regions submitted zero nominations?
- 0 new nominations from North America (Mexico extension, United States, Canada)
- 0 new nominations from SE Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand referred, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia)
- 0 nominations from Nordic Countries (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland)
- 0 nominations from Central America (El Salvador, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama)
- 0 nominations from Caribbean South America (Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname)
- 0 nominations from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan)
- 0 nominations from Southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa)
- 0 nominations from Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Island countries)

Perhaps this is hardly surprising in any given year, but I found it more so over the span of two world heritage conference cycles. The same well-represented countries seem as committed and able to submit new nominations yearly. In Asia you have China, India, Japan, and Iran. In Europe you have Germany, Italy, France, and Spain.

Author winterkjm
#2 | Posted: 4 May 2021 03:38 | Edited by: winterkjm 
We should have most documents on May 31st (unless I am mistaken). This 44th World Heritage Convention (which combines 2020 and 2021) will be the largest catalogue of nominations since 2004. Granted this is due to the pandemic year(s) abnormality, yet it certainly will be a sizable update in both many user's WHS count, new reviews, and updates to future travel plans.

Author jonathanfr
#3 | Posted: 4 May 2021 07:19 
yet it certainly will be a sizable update in both many user's WHS count, new reviews, and updates to future travel plans.

and lots of connections to find.

Author jonathanfr
#4 | Posted: 4 May 2021 15:37 
2 differences between winterkjm list above and the following lists:

- Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Danube Limes
- Roșia Montană Mining Cultural Landscape (Romania)

And so, 47 or 48 in total?

Author Durian
#5 | Posted: 8 May 2021 22:22 
All Japanese media report that IUCN will issue result of WHS nomination tomorrow, May 10 Japan afternoon time, with expectation of positive outcome on Amami nomination

Author elsslots
#6 | Posted: 9 May 2021 00:04 | Edited by: elsslots 
Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Danube Limes

I am fairly sure about that one (see for example this news item)

Rosia Montana as well

Author Durian
#7 | Posted: 10 May 2021 07:02 
Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island (Japan)

Leak report season start! IUCN OK to inscribe with this Japanese site.

Author elsslots
#8 | Posted: 10 May 2021 07:22 
I was watching the IUCN facebook & twitter pages, but maybe they give feedback first to the countries and publish the evaluations later.

Author Durian
#9 | Posted: 11 May 2021 10:59 | Edited by: Durian 

As expected after Japan, Korea will announce but this time is Defer!!

Author winterkjm
#10 | Posted: 11 May 2021 11:39 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Main reasons for Deferral from IUCN (according to reports)

- Did not include complete tidal flat ecosystems (total area) in terms of biodiversity *sounds like IUCN preferred larger protected areas, similar to the Sinan tidal flat in scope
- Insufficient buffer zones *Korea may have had reservations about large buffer zones in coastal communities that mostly center around fishing or tourism

Korea will seek to overturn the Advisory Body in this case, which is slightly surprising since Korea sometimes withdraws a nomination if a deferral recommendation is given. Korea may be satisfied plenty with a Referral, if inscribe is clearly not supported amongst the committee. Expanding some of the tidal flats and satisfying IUCN with well-defined, extended buffer zones does not seem like a massive challenge, but we shall see. It was perhaps telling that the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea has not announced new nominations for either 2023 or 2024, is it because they wanted a back-up plan for the potential 2nd (or 3rd) attempts for the Getbol or even Gaya Tumuli nominations? The Getbol nomination specifically is very complex with large components around coastal areas and islands, indeed this is the second attempt after an "incomplete" nomination. At this point in time, Korea, which has 14 WHS might expect plenty of "hoops" to jump through regarding IUCN and ICOMOS evaluations. I for one have no issue with IUCN pushing Korea to a high standard in regards to the protection and expansion of Getbol. Just ten years ago during a conservative Government, the Saemangeum tidal flats were irrevocably damaged and destroyed for land reclamation purposes.

Author elsslots
#11 | Posted: 11 May 2021 11:42 
I see hardly any other natural sites on the combined list. Badain Jaran Desert, Kaeng Krachan, Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands, Classical Karst, Beech forests extension...

Author winterkjm
#12 | Posted: 11 May 2021 18:56 
Padova Urbs picta, Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel and Padua's fourteenth-century fresco cycles (Italy)

A very strong yes from ICOMOS according to this report.

Possible name change to: Cycles of frescoes from the 14th century in Padua

Author Durian
#13 | Posted: 14 May 2021 05:34 
Japanese media reports that the outcome of Jomon Sites, 2021 nomination of Japan, will be disclosed by ICOMOS on 24 May!

Author Jurre
#14 | Posted: 14 May 2021 07:11 
Amami-Oshima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Northern part of Okinawa Island, and Iriomote Island (Japan)

Leak report season start! IUCN OK to inscribe with this Japanese site.

Japan is all set to get a fifth Natural World Heritage Site as the country's southern islands were recommended to be registered as natural assets by the UNESCO advisory panel

Author Durian
#15 | Posted: 20 May 2021 00:10 

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