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Desert Landscapes (Natural Criteria)

Author winterkjm
#1 | Posted: 23 Jun 2013 02:21 | Edited by: winterkjm 
India has proclaimed this years convention as particularly notable for its inscription of desert properties.

This brings to mind other impressive Desert properties preparing/waiting to be brought before the WHC. I included some nominations here, some that I knew, others that were easily found with a search. There are at least several more not listed here. Which properties have a strong case for OUV?

*Khor Al-Adaid natural reserve

United States
*Petrified Forest National Park
*White Sands National Monument

*Taklimakan Desert—Populus euphratica Forests

*Great Gobi Desert

*Lut Desert

*Desert National Park

Egypt (3)
*Great Desert Landscapes
*Southern and Smaller Oases, the Western Desert
*Desert Wadis

Author Solivagant
#2 | Posted: 23 Jun 2013 03:01 | Edited by: Solivagant 
If we look at T List sites for Natural Criteria only ( there are quite a lot of "Oases" on the T list)

The Southern Erg as pointed out by IUCN as an extension to the Great Sand Sea
South Africa
The Succulent Karoo - which is considered a "Desert" area

Missing -
Nothing from Chile or neighbours for the Atacama or adjoining deserts.
Neither Algeria nor Tunisia have indicated any intention to go for the Saharan "Ergs" (Sand dune areas)

Assif's analysis on this Forum under ""Filling up the Gaps" lists the desert bioregions identified by IUCN as needing an inscribed site - this includes
a. Namib/Kalahari -covered this year
b. Temperate Deserts of E/C Asia
c. Central Mexico Desert - I am not quite sure what they mean here. I would have thought that this year's Sonoran Desert inscription was too far North to be "Central Mexxico" but maybe they were using "Mexico" in a geographical sense to include parts of US??
d Coastal Deserts of Peru/Chile

The Atacama seems to be the most significant "total" gap from both Inscribed AND T List sites? Chile has only gone for "Cultural" sites in the region.

Author Assif
#3 | Posted: 23 Jun 2013 03:37 | Edited by: Assif 
I will pursue Solivagant's analysis as to what gaps are mentioned by IUCN:

1) Cold winter deserts (only partially filled with this year's Tian Shan): Colorado Plateau, Great Basin Desert (both USA), Patagonian Desert (Chile and Argentina)...
2) Polar deserts: Antarctia, Northern Canada, Greenland...
3) Central Asian deserts (all of which are cold winter deserts): Gobi (China and Mongolia), Karakum (Turkmenistan), Kyzyl Kum (Uzbekistan)...
4) Karoo Desert (South Africa)
5) Temperate deserts of central and eastern Asia: Thar (Pakistand and India)
6) Coastal deserts of Chile and Peru: Atacama

Author Assif
#4 | Posted: 23 Jun 2013 03:41 
I think central Mexico means between east and west, not north and south. The north-south middle of Mexico is not a desert.

Author Euloroo
#5 | Posted: 23 Jun 2013 07:05 
Uluru is the only Australian desert site on the National Heritage List and it isn't secifially listed for "desert" values.

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