Equal # per region and mechanism for C/N balance
Africa - 5 selections (2 natural or mixed)
Arab States - 5 selections (2 natural or mixed)
Asia and the Pacific - 5 selections (2 natural or mixed)
Europe and North America - 5 selections (2 natural or mixed)
Latin America and the Caribbean - 5 selections (2 natural or mixed)
*user is not restricted to only 2 natural selections, but cannot propose less than two per region
I would still be favor of this, but with a couple tweaks.
1st - Expand voting to 10 per region (4 natural/mixed)
2nd - Addendum, all interested users post their TOP 50 (titles/country only) in a new thread
All sites listed in peoples Top 50 are automatically included in the final voting pool after tallying such posts. All sites not included in our users TOP 50 are left-off the final voting pool, when such voting system is spread to all users (regardless of forum participation).TOP Missing
(your user name)Africa
property name (N) (Nigeria)
property name (N) (Kenya)
property name (N) (Chad)
property name (N (South Sudan)
property name (C (Mali)
property name (C) (Ghana)
property name (C (Ethiopia)
property name (C) (Namibia)
property name (C) (South Africa)
property name (C) (Sierra Leone)*you are not limited to a maximum of 4 natural sites, you can select moreArab States
property name (N) (Egypt)
property name (N) (Algeria)
property name (N) (Sudan)
property name (N (Iraq)
property name (C (Jordan)
property name (C) (Egypt)
property name (C (Morocco)
property name (C) (Tunisia)
property name (C) (Somalia)
property name (C) (Kuwait)*you are not limited to a maximum of 4 natural sites, you can select more
This would continue with Asia & the Pacific, Europe and North America, and lastly Latin America and the Caribbean.
Once users like Jurre, Els, Meltwaterfalls, Assif, nfmungard, csarica, FredericM, Sjobe, Colvin, jonathanfr, Zoe, mrayers
and more create/post their TOP 50 selection (no arguments or discussion needed). All of these sites are tallied up and Final Voting are limited to these sites with everything else being "cut". The final result after voting? We will truly have a Top 50 Missing List (only 50 sites) that covers every geographic region and balances cultural and natural sites that went through a in-depth process before being identified by our community as exceptional. For Top 50 Missing posts, we may only get 10-20 posts in total. but the final voting might reach up to 100 or more, since many users who frequent this website do not post frequently.
We need solutions for a more manageable voting pool. This proposed path forward would bring our rather large list of seconded sites (around 500), hopefully down to about 100-150. All seconded properties will need more complete information, probably in a more condensed format and a single link. There would be significant work involved to create the voting mechanism that is embedded into worldheritagesite.org as was done in the past, particularly around restrictions per region and C/N balance. I feel strongly about this last element, because if we can vote (no restrictions at all) there will be plenty of users (maybe not active forum members) who go for 20 US sites out of their 50. Or 10 Indian sites, or 10 French sites, or 10 Chinese sites (you get the picture). It lends itself to abuse around nationalistic voting and limits around countries of familiarity. Also because natural sites in general are less well known, only a handful of sites would be voted in the Top 50 because many users might select 40+ cultural sites, if not more.
Why 10 per region? First we get to 50 TOP Missing, which should be a list of world class sites that should stand out for their OUV and/or under-represented culture/ecosystem. I expect some users still disagree with exact representation per region, but I cannot identify a fair # that is proportional? You could go by land area, population, total of already inscribed WHS, or other criteria, but I tend to lean toward simple and straight/forward as best. Ten per region does just that. In every one of the major regions designated by UNESCO there are countries that are major centers of influential civilizations and/or filled with vast areas of wilderness that lends itself toward multiple Top Missing sites. For Arab States you have Egypt. For Latin America & Caribbean you have Brazil and Peru. For Europe and North America you have the US and Russia. For Asia & the Pacific you have India and China. For Africa, you have Kenya and Ethiopia. I think it will be hard to choose just 10 in any region. If we start breaking it down to 7 for one region, 12 for another, and so on, we risk our biases in determining what region gets what type of representation on our list.