UNESCO added new sites to List of World Heritage in Danger

UNESCO added new sites to List of World Heritage in DangerThe 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, which is going this week in Istanbul (Turkey), stressed that World Heritage is now, more than ever, the subject of numerous threats, must remain a vector of cohesion and dialogue at the international level, was reported by UNESCO.

On July 13 the World Heritage Committee has decided to add Uzbekistan’s Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz to the List of World Heritage in Danger due to the over-development of tourist infrastructure in the site. The Committee expressed concern over the destruction of buildings in the centre of the World Heritage site’s Medieval neighbourhoods and the construction of modern facilities including hotels and other buildings which have affected irreversible changes to the appearance of historic Shakhrisyabz.

The Committee also has added the Old Towns of Djennéthe List of World Heritage in Danger due to insecurity, which is affecting the area and preventing the implementation of protective measures for the Malian World Heritage site. The Committee also appealed to the international community to support Mali in efforts to ensure the protection of the site.

Also today it placed the five World Heritage sites of Libya on the List of World Heritage in Danger because of damage caused by the conflict affecting the country and the threat of further damage it poses. The five sites are: Archaeological Site of Cyrene, Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna, Archaeological Site of Sabratha, Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus and the Old Town of Ghadamès.
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