New UNESCO World Heritage sites

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The Scottish culture minister, Fiona Hyslop, at the Forth Bridge

The Scottish culture minister, Fiona Hyslop, at the Forth Bridge

It is at this time of the year that UNESCO meets and adds to its list of world heritage sites. Following its mission, the idea behind this is that World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.
For the sites on the list or who join it there is no monetary aid or support, in fact it costs money to maintain the site to UNESCO standards. Any designated site and destination benefits because usually an increase in tourism results.
The 39th annual meeting has just ended.  You will probably have heard that he Forth Bridge in Scotland was added to the list this year but so were 23 other sites. Here is a complete list.
Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System, Mexico
Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale, near Palermo in Italy
Baekje Historic Areas, Republic of Korea
Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas), Jordan
Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars , France
Climats, terroirs of Burgundy, near Dijon in France
Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement, Denmark
Hunting landscape of North Zealand, Denmark
Cultural Landscape of Maymand, Iran
Susa, Iran
Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape, Turkey
Ephesus, Turkey
Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape, Uruguay
Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its surrounding sacred landscape, Mongolia
Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal, Israel
Rjukan–Notodden Industrial Heritage Site, Norway
Rock Art in the Hail Region,  Saudi Arabia
San Antonio Missions, Texas, USA
Singapore Botanical Gardens, Singapore
Meiji industrial revolution sites, Japan
Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus, Hamburg, Germany
Forth Bridge, Scotland
Tusi Sites, China
Blue and John Crow Mountains, Jamaica
In addition, there are three sites that are already listed but which have had their boundaries altered. Theses are;
Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain
Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, South Africa
Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam

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