Monday, December 26, 2016

List of World Heritage in Danger

In 2016, South Sudan ratified the United Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, bringing the number of state parties to 192. Under Article 11(4) of the World Heritage Convention, the World Heritage Committee keeps a "List of World Heritage in Danger," listing properties that form part of the cultural and natural heritage that are threatened by serious and specific dangers. These dangers include:

  • the threat of disappearance caused by accelerated deterioration, large-scale public or private projects or rapid urban or tourist development projects;
  • destruction caused by changes in the use or ownership of the land;
  • major alterations due to unknown causes;
  • abandonment for any reason whatsoever;
  • the outbreak or the threat of an armed conflict;
  • calamities and cataclysms;
  • serious fires, earthquakes, landslides; volcanic eruptions; or
  • changes in water level, floods and tidal waves. 

The World Heritage Committee currently lists 55 properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger.  In 2016, the following properties were added to the list of World Heritage in Danger in the nations of Libya, Mali, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Uzbekistan:

Libya

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/international_law/2016/12/list-of-world-heritage-in-danger.html

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