UNESCO to Consider Heritage Site Nominees

UNITED NATIONS, July 7 (UPI) — First-time submissions by Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and Tajikistan will be among the candidates for UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the U.N. agency said.

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati, the nuclear testing site at the Marshall Islands’ Bikini Atoll and Pamir Mountains in the Tajik National Park are three of the dozens of sites up for consideration when the World Heritage Committee meets later in July in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said Tuesday in a release issued from New York.

Thirty-five nations will offer 41 properties for inscription at this year’s session, the agency said. UNESCO officials said the World Heritage List recognizes 890 properties in 148 countries as having “outstanding universal value.”

The committee will also review the conservation status of 31 sites considered to be in danger. Sites could be removed from the Heritage List because of problems such as pollution, urban development, poor management, mass tourism, wars and natural disasters, UNESCO said.

Last year UNESCO said it delisted Germany’s Dresden Elbe Valley because a four-lane bridge was built in the heart of the cultural landscape. The Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Oman also was removed because the country failed to fulfill its conservation obligations.

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