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Author jonathanfr
#691 | Posted: 10 Dec 2022 06:44 

"they expected the list to be ready by end of January next year, adding that so far, they have about 12 natural sites they wanted enlisted"

Author winterkjm
#692 | Posted: 10 Dec 2022 18:50 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Ten Years & 637 Total Nominations (Between December 1st, 2012 - December 10th, 2022)
- Excluding nominations in the last ten years that were inscribed

Africa (14.7% of Nominations)
- 94 Total Nominations (51 natural or mixed heritage, 54%)
- 18 Nominations from Cameroon

Arab States (12.2% of Nominations)
- 78 Total Nominations (20 natural or mixed heritage, 15%)

Asia and the Pacific (27.1% of Nominations)
- 173 Total Nominations (62 natural or mixed heritage, 36%)
- 34 Nominations from India
- 31 Nominations from China
- 18 Nominations from Iran

Europe and North America (34.2% of Nominations)
- 218 Total Nominations (46 natural or mixed heritage, 21%)
- 54 Nominations from Türkiye
- 19 Nominations from Portugal
- 17 Nominations from Russia
- 15 Nominations from Spain

Latin America and the Caribbean (11.6% of Nominations)
- 74 Total Nominations (21 natural or mixed heritage, 28%)
- 20 Nominations from Peru

*Note: Over 1,000 Tentative Nominations are a decade or more old

Author jonathanfr
#693 | Posted: 13 Dec 2022 05:33 
Tanzania: Tendaguru Paleontological Site (TPS)

Author jonathanfr
#694 | Posted: 13 Dec 2022 12:20 
Tendaguru Dinosaur Site: to remove from Former

Author Solivagant
#695 | Posted: 13 Dec 2022 16:07 | Edited by: Solivagant 
Tanzania: Tendaguru Paleontological Site (TPS)

A few "matters arising" from the reinstatement of this site onto Tanzania's T List 26 years after it was removed.
I had wondered why this should happen now - it is a lone addition so doesn't appear to be the result of a T List review by Tanzania. One possibility was that it was associated with the recent IUGS 100 "Geological Heritage Site" announcement. But Tanzania is represented by Olduvai/Laetoli and Dinosaurs are covered (at least initially) by Canada's "Dinosaur Provincial Patk". Whilst Tendaguru is a significant "Lagerstätte" for fossils it didn't make the cut.

Another possible "driver", however, relates to the "More than 250 tonnes (250 long tons; 280 short tons) of material (which) were shipped to Germany during early excavations in the early twentieth century" (UNESCO). Tendaguru underwent significant excavations by Germany between 1909 and 1913. The "Museum für Naturkunde Berlin" holds the results and one of its most famous exhibits - a very large Brachiosaurus ("The tallest mounted dinosaur skeleton in the world") - came from there. Having been "allocated" Tanganyika after WWI, the UK also excavated at Tendaguru between 1924 and 31 and removed a lot of material - this time to the London "Natural History Museum"

In the current climate of re-examining such "Colonial injustices" both institutions have come under pressure to investigate and provide reparation in some way. This is an article regarding the London museum's considerations - but the main "story" relates to Germany.

It appears that Tanzania got as far as formally requesting Germany to return some/all of the remains taken. The latest situation, as far as I have been able to ascertain it from the Web, is that the current Tanzanian government seems to have concluded (having realised that maintaining facilities for holding such artefacts safely is not a license to print money from tourism) that it would NOT be worth moving any major exhibit such as the Brachiosaurus! This hasn't been received with complete agreement in Tanzania BUT the quid pro quo is that Germany WILL enter a long term cooperation with Tanzania on a range of related matters - training, assisting further excavations, development of tourist facilities in the area including the creation of a museum in the local town of Lindi. I wonder if going for WHS (presumably with German assistance) is a part of that development plan?

These articles give the "story"
a. This article from 2019 sets out the history of the Brachiothaurus and the debate about its possible restitution
b. This article from 2021 gives a German viewpoint about the issues and what it is doing.
c. These 2 articles from The Citizen (the main Tanzanian newspaper) cover
i. A recognition from as early as 2017 that "return" was not a good idea
ii. An update from 2019

Author winterkjm
#696 | Posted: 14 Dec 2022 22:08 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Busan, the Capital of Refugees during the Korean War (Korea)

Final approval has come and the serial nomination (9 components) should be updated on the UNESCO page in due time.

Refugee Capital Busan Heritage, first step in UNESCO World Heritage List

This is the first modern heritage for Korea. The nomination was conditionally approved, but remained pending for nearly 4 years as final requirements were completed to satisfy the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea. Busan was the provisional capital of Korea for 1,023 days during the Korean War and in that moment there was no certainty of the South Korean government's survival (or legitimacy). The city was brimming with half-a-million refugees during these 1,023 days. Contextually, the United States for the year 2023 has a "Refugee Resettlement Ceiling" of 125,000. Many of these refugees made their home on the hillsides and deep ravines surrounding the city. People carried their belongings from the port up long stairways and well-trodden routes to eventually find temporary shelter. Ami-dong Tombstone Culture Village, nearby to the more well-known tourist hotspot Gamcheon Village is one such organic, unplanned refugee settlement (partially built on top of a Japanese Cemetery) that remains visible today and is a component in this nomination.

Highlighted as a "Cold War" heritage site, with values specific to its "Refugee" past, Busan may have a narrow path to OUV. If China regains its place on the UNESCO World Heritage Committee between 2025 and 2030 (which I suspect they will), do they support such a nomination (tentatively planned for 2028)? The state-sponsored propaganda war film "The Battle at Lake Changjin" (highest-grossing film EVER in China) suggests that China is unlikely to look favorably on such a nomination. Korea might be exceptionally cautious/vague in the wording of the UNESCO description as to avoid any reference to WHY there were half-a-million refugees in Busan.

Author winterkjm
#697 | Posted: 19 Dec 2022 10:58 

Author Khuft
#698 | Posted: 19 Dec 2022 11:20 
It's certainly pure coincidence that Vadnagar is the birthplace of Prime Minister Modi....
Modhera too is in the same district as Vadnagar.

Author Solivagant
#699 | Posted: 19 Dec 2022 12:50 | Edited by: Solivagant 
It's certainly pure coincidence that Vadnagar is the birthplace of Prime Minister Modi....
Modhera too is in Gujarat..

Amusingly too ........the Web is full of pages stating that Modhera IS (already) a UNESCO World Heritage Site!!!
In a classic example of a mistake going viral and becoming "Web truth", the "general consensus" is that it became a WHS in 2014!!
Many of the sources are inherently unreliable but even this page from the "Times of India" travel supplement repeats the error (Page down until just before the "comments"!)

I suspect that someone, somewhere muddled Modhera with Rani-ki-vav and the error was repeated exponentially. Possibly a combination of the fact that the Queens Stepwell WAS inscribed in 2014 and that Madhera is often "offered" as a trip together with Rani-ki-vav as they are only 36kms apart (Thus - "See the UNESCO site of Rani-ki-vav and Modhera"!!!). Modhera also contains a step well. Very similar then eh??

I would expect that anyone who has visited Rani-ki-vav will also have been to Modhera, so there are 40 of us at least who could do a "review"!

It is very fine and undoubtedly deserves inscription. Yes, to the casual non Hindu visitor it is yet another temple with loads of pillars and carvings, much like many others! ...... But then, all those inscribed Gothic Cathedrals are buildings with lots of pillars and carvings and stained glass and gold ornaments etc!!!

Unakoti in Tripura also looks to be a good T List addition - Tripura has, until now, had no inscribed or T List sites. In fact India seems to have been trying to be more "inclusive" recently with its "Seven Sisters" NE states - The Living Root Bridges in Meghaliya were added in Feb 22 (although it already had the Garo hills). But Nagaland and Mizoram are still unrepresented. They obviously don't have the "ear" of Modi!!

Author winterkjm
#700 | Posted: 20 Jan 2023 02:22 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Busan, the Capital of Refugees during the Korean War (Korea)

Based on official sources an addition of two tentative nominations should be updated to Korea's Tentative List by the end of January (perhaps populating, beginning of February). The Busan nomination (above) and the adjusted "Seoul City Wall" nomination named The Capital City Wall and Mountain Fortresses of the Joseon Dynasty: Hanyangdoseong, Bukhansanseong and Tangchundaeseong. The later name is a bit long, I would prefer rather "Joseon's Capital City and Defense Mountain Fortifications" or "Hanyangdoseong and its Defensive Mountain Fortifications" (fortifications can also be substituted for 'system') or simply "The Capital City Wall and Mountain Fortresses of the Joseon Dynasty". Not really sure what is best!

This nomination is already selected as a "priority" candidate and the aim is 2026 (or at the latest 2027) since the Phase II Getbol expansion nomination is also progressing and may take precedence to meet the suggestions from IUCN.

Author elsslots
#701 | Posted: 31 Jan 2023 08:08 
Switzerland seems finally to have removed its already inscribed Forêts primaires et anciennes de hêtres des Carpates et d'autres régions d'Europe from the T List.

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