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Author GaryArndt
#46 | Posted: 23 Jul 2018 14:38 
Alright then :)

Author GaryArndt
#47 | Posted: 23 Jul 2018 14:39 
Actually, I'm thinking sites that should be added but are being prevented by their disupted status. I don't think there are many, but there would be a few.

Author Solivagant
#48 | Posted: 23 Jul 2018 15:31 | Edited by: Solivagant 
Actually, I'm thinking sites that should be added but are being prevented by their disputed status.

I am not sure that South Georgia would be on this list anyway. For a site to actually be "prevented" from being inscribed by UNESCO it would have to be a very clear case of a State Party (SP) nominating a site over which it didn't have de facto control - e.g Argentina nominating South Georgia !!!!

UNESCO makes it very clear that inscription should not be read to mean acceptance of frontiers - but it does mean an SP taking responsibility! (but see below)

In its T List review of 2011 UK does actually mention that IUCN had suggested the nomination of South Georgia. See - _data/file/78234/Review-WH-Tentative-List-Report_March2011.pdf
See paras 4.5 and 6.9 - the latter states "Potentially there is more scope for natural inscriptions from the Overseas Territories. Indeed two of the specific site proposals from the IUCN Gaps Study are British Overseas Territories (South Georgia and Chagos Atoll) though neither has been proposed for this Tentative List."
I get no sense that the failure to include South Georgia in the T List had anything whatsoever to do with the "territorial dispute". At the time UK was involved in a very long term "clean up" of the whaling stations on the island getting rid of asbestos etc. When we were last there in 2007 quite large areas of Grytviken were closed off because of this. I am pretty sure that UK would nominate if it wanted to - knowing that IUCN would support it!

The Preah Vihear inscription was a good example of where UNESCO just wouldn't involve itself in the contending claims of Thailand/Cambodia.
The Palestinian nominations are perhaps a "special" case because of the inbuilt pro-arab majority on the WHC but Hebron got inscribed even though it isn't even under de facto Palestinian control!!!
Perhaps an example of what you are looking for is the multiple failure of the "Triple Arch Gete of Dan" which seems to have been repeatedly rejected (despite ICOMOS concluding that it possesses OUV) because the UN wouldn't provide a map which showed that the buffer zone was inside Israel (at least that is what I understand to be the excuse - Assif and I have discussed it and he may be able to be more precise.

Author winterkjm
#49 | Posted: 24 Aug 2022 03:47 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Official Submissions for 2022
- Koutammakou, the land of the Batammariba [extension] (Benin)
- Odzala-Kokoua Forest Massif (Congo) *potential 2nd inscription
- The Gedeo Cultural landscape (Ethiopia)
- The Dry Forests of Andrefana [extension] (Madagascar)

Projected for 2023 (subject to change)
- Bale Mountains National Park (Ethiopia) *potential 10th inscription, tied for most WHS in African Region

Projected for 2024 (subject to change)
- Ambodifotatra Catholic Church of Sainte Marie (Madagascar) *potential first new inscription in 15+ years
- Nyungwe National Park (Rwanda) *potential 1st inscription
- Gola-Tiwai Complex (Sierra Leone) *potential 1st inscription

By the next WHC the African Region will likely surpass 100 inscriptions for the first time (there are 41 additional WHS in Northern Africa, included in the "Arab States" region). Gabon published a new Tentative inventory/list of 6 nominations this past January (2022). Togo published a new Tentative inventory/list of 4 nominations this past December (2021). Cameroon published an extensive tentative list (15) in early 2018, with 3 additional nominations added in 2020.

IUCN Report Lists as Priority Region

In Gabon: Equatorial Atlantic Coastal Forests
- Moukalaba-Doudou National Park (TWHS)
- Loango National Park (TWHS)

In Madagascar: Madagascar Dry Forests
- The Dry Forests of Andrefana [extension] (TWHS)

During discussions around top missing in the African Region (2020) we developed a rather lengthy list. There has been some developments regarding a handful of sites users proposed.

- Sudanese-style mosques (Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana) *inscribed only in Cote d'Ivoire 2021
- Lake Tana Church Forests (Ethiopia) *added to tentative list in 2021
- Parc national d'Ivindo (Gabon) *inscribed in 2021
- Loango National Park (Gabon) *added to tentative list in 2022
- The Dry Forests of the West (Madagascar) *officially submitted for 2022
- Gola Rainforest National Park (Sierra Leone) *projected for 2024
- Nok Caves (Togo) *added to tentative list in 2021

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