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Author Assif
Partaker
#46 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 06:14 
Thumbs up for:
nfmungard:
Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Colvin:
Land of the Baobabs


Author elsslots
Admin
#47 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 07:12 
nfmungard:
maybe use a google doc to keep track of the proposals?

I can also put the summaries of winterkjm in a table on our website. Will be handy to have when it comes to voting later.

Author Colvin
Partaker
#48 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 08:08 
Jurre:
Full name of site: Sites of early bipedalism (Laetoli and Ileret)

I'm not the biggest fan of fossil sites, though I understand their importance. I'll second this, and maybe this can help open up discussion about other cultural sites we may not be thinking of.

BTW, I like the São Tomé site you proposed!

Author Jurre
Partaker
#49 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 10:02 | Edited by: Jurre 
Trying for more cultural sites in Africa:

Full name of site: Ancien Hôpital Albert Schweitzer de Lambaréné
Country: Gabon
TWHS?: Yes - http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5418/
Short description of site: (From the Unesco site) The hospital is a percursor of two movements that continue to grow: humanitary action and respect for the environment. The hospital is the material exponent of these movements. It is also an expression of the principle of the respect for life. The hospital was built in the 1920 and still retains its initial constituants.
Criteria: Cultural

Author jonathanfr
Partaker
#50 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 11:05 
Jurre:
Trying for more cultural sites in Africa:

Full name of site: Ancien Hôpital Albert Schweitzer de Lambaréné

There are other interesting hospitals in Africa that could be considered for a comparative study or as part of a transnational serial registration:

- Hôpital de Panzi (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
- Groote Schuur Hospital (South Africa)
- St. Mary's Hospital Lacor (Uganda)

Author Sjobe
Partaker
#51 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 11:38 | Edited by: Sjobe 
winterkjm:
Great Temple of the Moon in Yeha

Yeha was also in my mind. The other one is Sacred Landscapes of Tigray (T) / Rock-hewn churches of Tigray. I think it is a remarkable missing WHS.

Author jonathanfr
Partaker
#52 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 11:53 
In Ethiopia, there are also the remarkable church forests of Lake Tana

https://whc.unesco.org/en/activities/157/

Author nfmungard
Partaker
#53 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 12:33 | Edited by: nfmungard 
Congo Dem Rep (pretty large, sites currently concentrated on Eastern Border)

Matupi Caves (T) => Early Man Site, what's not to love?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matupi_Cave

Mbanza Ngungu Caves (FT) => Only habitat for blind cave fish. Huge cave complex.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thysville_Caves
https://congobucketlist.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/mbanza-ngungu-caves/

Nyamuragira => Africa's most active volcano
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyamuragira

Upemba (T) -> Big Lake
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upemba_National_Park

The former list lists several cultural sites I cannot place, but that sound interesting.

Congo Republic

Conkouati-Douli National Park (N) => Poaching problems.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conkouati-Douli_National_Park

Lefini faunal reserve => Gorillas!
https://www.focuseastafricatours.com/attractions-in-congo/lefini-faunal-reserve/

Loango (T, C) => Africa's largest slavery port. In poor state.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loango_slavery_harbour

Mbé (T, C) => Moving capital.
https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5374/

Odzala National Park (N) => "Odzala-Kokoua has approximately 100 mammals species, and one of the continent's most diverse primate population", Rep. Congos most popular NP
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odzala-Kokoua_National_Park

Feels like there should be Colonial Sites and more cultural sites in this lush garden and rain forest countries.

Author elsslots
Admin
#54 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 13:08 
Sjobe:
The other one is Sacred Landscapes of Tigray / Rock-hewn churches of Tigray. I think it is a reamarkable missing WHS.

I'd like to support this one.

Author Assif
Partaker
#55 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 13:45 
I would like to support:
Jurre:
Ancien Hôpital Albert Schweitzer de Lambaréné

jonathanfr:
church forests of Lake Tana

nfmungard:
Mbanza Ngungu Caves (FT)


Author Sjobe
Partaker
#56 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 14:44 | Edited by: Sjobe 
This might be a hidden gem:
Cour royale de Tiébélé (T) (Burkina Faso)

Photos of Tiébélé in Google Image Search

Author Jurre
Partaker
#57 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 16:33 | Edited by: Jurre 
This one just looks stunning on paper and in photos:

Full name of site: Makgadikgadi Pans Landscape
Country: Botswana
TWHS?: Yes - http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5559/
Short description of site: (From the Unesco site) Makgadikgadi Salt Pans are the largest salt pans in the world and display a unique expanse of landscape with fascinating natural scenic beauty. It has a dramatic geological and climatic history in the sense that in its initial stages of development, it was one of the largest inland sea in the world covering over 275 000 km2. It is one of the most diverse in terms of ecological habitats ranging from the Lesser and Greater Flamingo breeding and feeding area to one of the most spectacular zebra-wildebeest migration on Earth as they move from Boteti River to Chobe during dry season.
The Makgadikgadi Pans has evidence of traditional human habitation and land use dating from the Early Stone Age to the historic times. One recorded prehistoric settlement has one of the largest concentrations of cultural material comprising 500 individual stone wall structures and 450 stone cairns.
Criteria: Mixed

Author nfmungard
Partaker
#58 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 16:37 
Benin
Agongointo-Zoungoudo (T, C) => Underground housing with light concept.
https://www.worldheritagesite.org/tentative/Village+souterrain+d%27Agongointo-Zoungoudo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agongointo-Zoungoudo_Underground_Town

Ouidah (T) => > Slavery and Voodoo Capital
https://wikitravel.org/en/Ouidah
http://travel2unlimited.com/benin-sacred-forest-in-ouidah/ => Voodoo thing, not sure how authentic it is.

Ganvie (T, C) => Palisados dating back to 16th century
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganvie

Porto Nove => Colonial Heritage Portugese/French

Nigeria
Kano (T) => West Africa oldest city.
https://www.worldheritagesite.org/tentative/id/5171

Somaliland
Laas Geel => Most vivid rock art in Africa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laas_Geel

Author Colvin
Partaker
#59 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 16:49 
Sjobe:
This might be a hidden gem:
Cour royale de Tiébélé (T) (Burkina Faso)

This looks fascinating. I don't really have a good frame of reference in Africa to determine which people groups are in greatest need of representation on the World Heritage list, but this site certainly looks unique, so I"ll second it.

BTW, has anyone heard from Solivagant? I believe he had a cultural site idea on his personal page for São Tomé and Príncipe.

Author Colvin
Partaker
#60 | Posted: 25 Mar 2020 17:09 | Edited by: Colvin 
nfmungard:
Nigeria
Ancient Kano City Walls and Associated Sites (T) => West Africa oldest city.

Kano's city walls look amazing and were formerly known as "the most impressive monument in West Africa", but this tentative site was submitted in 2007, and by all accounts, Nigeria has done little to ensure their preservation. Still, Kano was an important city in western Africa, with a history over 1,000 years old. I think this warrants consideration, so I'll second this nomination.

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