UNESCO Announces World Heritage Sites for 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 03:24

The World Heritage Committee added nine new natural sites to the World Heritage List after a four-day annual meeting in Istanbul.

According to the Telegraph , one transnational site – in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan – and others in Canada, Chad, China, India, Iraq, Iran, Mexico and Sudan were chosen this year.

“Among this year’s World Heritage inscriptions are some of the most impressive landscapes and most important natural areas for the conservation of iconic species on Earth,” said Peter Shadie, head of IUCN’s delegation at the World Heritage Committee. “Recognizing these exceptional places through the World Heritage Convention goes hand in hand with a commitment to secure the utmost quality of conservation management.”

The Lut Desert, a large salt desert located in Iran, is also on the list. Between June and October, this arid subtropical area is swept by strong winds, which transport sediment and cause aeolian erosion on a colossal scale. Consequently, the site presents some of the most spectacular examples of aeolian yardang landforms (massive corrugated ridges). It also contains extensive stony deserts and dune fields.

The List of World Heritage in Danger is designed to inform the international community of conditions which threaten the very characteristics for which sites are ranked on the World Heritage List and rally the support of the international community for their protection.

The World Heritage Fund amounts to US$3 million annually to support activities decided by the World Heritage Committee, related to international assistance, conservation and nominations.