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Author elsslots
#1 | Posted: 24 Jun 2008 13:55 
The process of which sites are proposed and discussed by the World Heritage Committee gets more transparent every year. Of the 42 possible ones (with complete documentation) as announced at the 2007-meeting, 40 indeed are up for it in 2008.

After the ICOMOS/IUCN reports, two proposed sites appear to have been withdrawn:
- (Germany) - Schwetzingen – A Prince Elector's Summer Residence – Garden Design and Freemasonic Allusions
- (Slovakia) - Extension of the Location of Spišský Hrad and its Associated Cultural Monuments with Levoca and the Work of Master Paul in Spiš

And the following 7 try for a rebound, after having been re- or deferred earlier:
- Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra – Towns of southern Albania, exceptional testimonies of well-preserved Ottoman settlements in the Balkan region, an extension (Albania, deferred in 2007)
- The Sacred Site of the Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia, deferred in 2007)
- Housing Estates in the Berlin Modern Style (Germany, re/deferred in ????)
- River Island of Majuli in midstream of Brahmaputra River in Assam (India, referred in 2006)
- Bahá'i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee (Israel, deferred in 2007)
- Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests (Kenya, deferred in 2007)
- Sulamain-Too Sacred Mountain (Kyrgyzstan, referred in 2007)

Author Durian
#2 | Posted: 26 Jun 2008 05:28 
There are some chronical errors for German proposal case because of UNESCO deferral of Heidelberg in 2005. The German Government plans to nominate Regensburg in 2006, Berlin modern house in 2007 and Swetzingen in 2008 and submit this plan as long three years plan to UNESCO. They tried to renominate Heidelberg again in 2007 the result is Berlin and Swetzingen have to wait for another year but they did not ask UNESCO to change the paper so we see some funny that in 2007 in the UNESCO document was Berliner houses but actually was Heidelberg and in 2008 is Swetzingen but it is Berliner houses to be nominated this year.

Author Durian
#3 | Posted: 26 Jun 2008 05:54 
And for Preah Vihear, Unesco did not deferred this site in 2007, actually ICOMOS recommeded to be WHS, but because of dispute between Thailand and Cambodia border, WHC diplomatically asked Cambodia to withdrew the nomination until the dipute is settle between the two countries.

Author Solivagant
#4 | Posted: 26 Jun 2008 13:10 | Edited by: Solivagant 
I note that Els wrote on the actual T list entry on her site that it had been "REferred" but used the word "deferred" above. In fact none of the normal "status words" was used in the minutes of that meeting - neither "Deferred", "Referred" nor "Withdrawn" but one or other has to be chosen! The formula re improvement of the Management Plan might have been a diplomatic fig leaf to avoid mentioning "the dispute" but it WAS what was agreed as per the following from the minutes of the WHC:-
Decision: 31 COM 8B.24
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Having examined Documents WHC-07/31.COM/8B and WHC-07/31.COM/INF.8B.1,
2. Having taken note of the following statement by the Chairperson of the World Heritage
Committee which has been agreed to by the Delegation of Cambodia and the
Delegation of Thailand:
Decisions report (Christchurch, 2007) WHC-07/31.COM/24, p. 154
"The State Party of Cambodia and the State Party of Thailand are in full agreement
that the Sacred Site of the Temple of Preah Vihear has Outstanding Universal Value
and must be inscribed on the World Heritage List as soon as possible. Accordingly,
Cambodia and Thailand agree that Cambodia will propose the site for formal
inscription on the World Heritage List at the 32nd session of the World Heritage
Committee in 2008 with the active support of Thailand.
They also agree that the site is in need of urgent attention and requires international
financial and technical assistance and close cooperation between them.
They further agree that it is essential to strengthen conservation and management at
the site including by the development of an appropriate management plan, as required
under paragraph 108 of the Operational Guidelines, that will ensure the future
protection of this property.
They understand, following consultation with the World Heritage Centre, that financial
and technical assistance for the development of a management plan will be available
through the World Heritage Centre's International Assistance programme."
3. Recognizes that the Sacred Site of the Temple of Preah Vihear is of great
international significance and has Outstanding Universal Value on the basis of criteria
(i), (ii) and (iv), agrees in principle that it should be inscribed on the World Heritage List
and notes that the process for inscription is in progress;
4. Requests the State Party of Cambodia to strengthen conservation and management at
the site by making progress in developing an appropriate management plan, which
progress will enable its formal inscription by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008;
5. Further requests the State Party of Cambodia to submit a progress report to the World
Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2008"

It will indeed be interesting to see what happens in the next 2 weeks given the rising temperatures in Thailand and Cambodia about this matter!

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