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Author nfmungard
#61 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 02:47 
Site: Si_Phan_Don / Four Thousand Islands
Type: M
Country: Laos
OUV: 4000 islands in an inland archipelago.
The Si Phan Don (Lao: ສີ່ພັນດອນ; meaning '4000 islands') is a riverine archipelago in the Mekong River, Champasak Province in southern Laos.[1]
"Four Thousand Islands is a laidback, sleepy, charming little gem of a place nestled at the foot of Laos on the Cambodian border, and as the name suggests, consists of lots of tiny islands scattered in the vast Mekong Delta. Also referred to as 'Si Phan Don' in Lao, most of the islands are uninhabited, too tiny for roads, and the area has not long had electricity."

Author Assif
#62 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 06:36 | Edited by: Assif 
Site: Socialist architecture of Pyongyang
Country: DPRK
TWHS: no
Description: After the end of the Korean War Pyongyang was built from scratch as an ideal city, representing Korean socialism (Juche). It is heavily influenced by Neoclassicism, typical of Soviet architecture, and modernism, but also combines elements of traditional Korean architecture such as octagonal shapes typical of Korean temples and pagodas. Having been completely cut off the outside world, its conservation and authenticity are unrivalled in the world. Significant monuments include: Mansudae Grand Monument, Kim Il Sung Square, Juche Tower, Arch of Triumph, Party Founding Monument, Kumsusan Palace, Arch of Reunification and May Day Stadium as well as important boulevards.
Criteria: cultural
Comparative analysis: Moscow, East Berlin

Author Assif
#63 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 06:57 | Edited by: Assif 
Site: Volcanoes of Vanuatu
Country: Vanuatu
TWHS: no (but former TWHS)
Description: Vanuatu is the country with the largest concentration of active volcanoes on Earth. Lying on top of the Pacific Ring of Fire and has nine active volcanoes, seven on land and two beneath the sea. The volcanoes feature a variety of landscapes, including a volcanic lake. The volcanoes play a major role in the local religion, which could present a potential to make the site mixed.
Criteria: natural
Comparative analysis: Hawaii volcanoes

Author Assif
#64 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 07:06 
Site: Murujuga (Burrup Peninsula)
Country: Australia
TWHS: yes
Description: Murujuga is the world's largest and most important collection of petroglyphs – ancient Aboriginal rock carvings some claim to date back as far as the last ice age about 10,000 years ago. The collection of standing stones here is the largest in Australia with rock art petroglyphs numbering over one million, many depicting images of the now extinct thylacine (Tasmanian tiger). The five clans who took over the care of the land as traditional custodians following the massacre include Yaburara, Ngarluma, Mardudhunera, Yindjibarndi and Wong-Goo-Tt-Oo peoples. The area remains on the World Monument Fund's list of 100 Most Endangered Places in the World - the only such site in Australia - because of continued mismanagement of the heritage and conservation values of the Burrup.
Criteria: cultural

Author clyde
#65 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 07:06 | Edited by: clyde 
perhaps adding lava lakes or tribal cultural landscapes to Vanuatu's volcanoes would further boost the "nomination"

Author clyde
#66 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 07:09 | Edited by: clyde 

Myanmar's best colonial garden would be the one in Pyin Oo Lwin although there's another poor one in Yangon

Author clyde
#67 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 07:13 
I second both of them : india tea planyations and kerala backwaters

Author jonathanfr
#68 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 09:05 
Site: Lacs du Grand Sud néo-calédonien
Country: New Caledonia (France)
Description: A true showcase of the Great South, the Blue River Provincial Park is absolutely unmissable for all lovers of biodiversity. Three colors dominate this unique environment: the green of the vegetation, the blue of the river and the sky and the red of the earth. Among the species present in the Great South, no less than 75% are endemic. Thanks to a protection program, the area is still one of the few places to shelter a population of cagous, ornithological emblem of New Caledonia. This endangered species is a hidden treasure here and everyone is looking for it. One of the highlights of the exploration is undoubtedly the mysterious Drowned Forest, with its bare and white trunks emerging from the lake. The Madeleine Reserve is an exceptional site for the diversity and richness of its flora. Botanists will find unique species here: dwarf araucarias, carnivorous plants, wild orchids, etc. 168 species of plants (most endemic) have been listed in the area. The lateritic soils of the south are rich in metals such as iron, aluminum, chromium and nickel. This red soil therefore contains very little nutrients and only the vegetation of the mining maquis can withstand these extreme conditions, which explains the unusual rate of endemism of all the original flora constituting the area. A prehistoric landscape unique in the world.
Criteria: Natural

Author FredericM
#69 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 09:43 
Site: Lacs du Grand Sud néo-calédonien
Country: New Caledonia (France)

I absolutely second this!!

Author elsslots
#70 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 09:52 
Further suggestions
Coffee Plantations of Vietnam -> #2 World Wide Producer.

French Railway Hanoi Saigon.

More traditional villages all over the country -> So many local people living in traditional villages.

Mountain Villages of Sapa (Vietnam) -> Very popular area, but can't find a most viable candidate. There is a separate tentative site for archeological finds, but I would rather go for the villages.

Dalat Wine Region - ;)

I did not copy these - maybe make them more specific?

Author elsslots
#71 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 11:17 | Edited by: elsslots 
Two more proposals. "Old" ones, but they should not be overlooked in my opinion:

Dzongs of Bhutan (Bhutan)
Most Bhutanese Dzongs were built to be strategic footholds for gaining influence of particular Buddhist schools and controlling over the region under the power of the schools. The architecture is massive in style with towering exterior walls surrounding a complex of courtyards, temples, administrative offices, and monks' accommodation.
Includes Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong

Band e Amir (Afghanistan)
Series of six deep blue mountain lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine, a mineral deposit. Band-e Amir is one of the few rare natural lakes in the world which are created by travertine systems.

Author Zos
#72 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 12:02 
Having lived in a Beijing Hutong for a year, as much as there can be a case made on its importance, it will fail on integrity and authenticity. It is no secret that the area is heavily remade (not restored). Only slight semblance of historic urban fabric might be available - once you enter the courtyards, they are either heavily neglected or too modernised.

The Central Axis of Beijing, from my perspective is better represented by series of sites. Grand Canal, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City already represents the TWHS. What can be added and I think merits OUV is a serial nomination on Drum and Bell Towers of China.

That said, here is my proposal

Site: Drum and Bell Towers of China (serial)
Country: China
Description: Bell and Drum Towers are visibly prominent constructions and are symbol of cities and towns. At one period of history, they are time telling centers that govern daily going-ons of life. Most Chinese cities/towns have in one way or another drum and bell towers. This can be a collection of the most prominent examples architecturally or historically significant.
Comparative Analysis: Belfries of Belgium and France.
Category: Cultural

Site: Taal: Testimony of a volcano and the evolution of a Spanish Colonial Town
Country: Philippines
TWHS: No (former TWHS)
Description: In 2015 when PH revised its tentative list, Taal Volcano was excluded as its integrity was deemed compromised by development. However, IUCN itself already noted on one thematic study that Taal fils a gap on resurgent caldera volcano. The recent 2020 eruption might have enhanced its integrity as settlements on volcano island are no longer there. Also, what most non-Filipinos dont know is Taal Town - located closed to the volcano. It is one of the best preserved spanish town in PH after Vigan. What makes it unique though is this town moves location several times due to the eruption of the volcano. There are some ruins around the lake and, although needs more research, there are signs of towns submerged on the lake. This mix OUV approach will also enhance the integrity of the nomination as the fishing pens on the lake can contribute on the OUV itself - that not only the volcano is resurgent but also social and economic dependency of life on the lake. The volcanic island is of universal aesthetic quality as seen from the ridges in Tagaytay but this aspect of OUV can be left out of the nomination as Tagaytay is already compromised.
Comparative Analysis: Vigan, Pompeii, Ohrid


I support Inclusion of El Nido. But I would like to modify it to be a serial sites on Karst Landscape of the Philippines

Site: Karst Landscapes of the Philippines
Country: Philippines
TWHS: Yes (El Nido, Chocolate Hills, etc. are component)
Description: Karst might be over represented on the list but the Philippines do have some of the best Karst formation in terms of aesthetic quality and biodiversity. This serial site can include
- El Nido-Taytay
- Puerto Princessa (yes already a WHS)
- Chocolate Hills
- Caramoan in Bicol region
- Sohoton Caves in Samar
- Mt Banahaw (identified as can fill a Gap in one IUCN study on forests)
- Mt Kitanglad

List of protected Karst Areas:

Author Zos
#73 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 12:14 
Colonial Shanghai (I assume you specifically mean The Bund),

Also the French Concession. Both.

Maybe we could rename this to "Foreign concessions in Shanghai". As they weren't colonial and Chinese held sovereignity.

To better tell the story of Foreign influence to Chinese history, I would propose to make it the best collection of concessions in China - Tianjin has a good Italian quarters, there might be something left from Germans in Qindao, Russians in Harbin, etc.. (And yes, I am a fan of serial nomination as some OUV can better be presented as the sum of parts and not just a component of it.

Author Zos
#74 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 12:18 
1 Jomolangma (Everest)
2 Western Xia Imperial Tombs
3 Wooden Structures of Liao Dynasty—Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian County,Main Hall of Fengguo Monastery of Yixian County
4 Archaeological Sites of the Ancient Shu State
5 Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon—Namjagbarwa
6 Vertical Vegetation Landscape and Volcanic Landscape in Changbai Mountain
7 Scenic and historic area of Sacred Mountains and Lakes(Mount Kailash)
8 Quanzhou(Zayton)
9 The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River
10 Imperial Mausoleums of the Tang Dynasty

Ancient Shu State deserve to be on the WHS List. But maybe not on too 50 missing. I wonder though why Fenghuang is not on the top 10. I enjoyed it a lot in Nov 2019, at off-season it is not crowded.

Author Zos
#75 | Posted: 19 Apr 2020 12:22 
Crab migration on Christmas Island

I also support this. I have been intrigued by this ever since I saw it in dicovery channel when I was a kid.

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