40th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Istanbul on Sunday
decided to put China’s Hubei Shennongjia on the prestigious World
Heritage List as a natural site, bringing to 50 the number of listed
"Shennongjia has been a place of significant scientific interest
particularly for botanists and the mountains have featured prominently
in the history of botanical inquiry," part of the report was cited at
The meeting was, however, drawn its attention to the potential tourism
pressure on the site, as a new airport has been built there.
Li Faping, mayor of the Shennongjia Forestry District, while voicing his
pleasure at the site’s acceptance into the heritage list by a unanimous
consensus, pledged a better conservation just like "caring for our own
China’s Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape was placed on the
list on Friday as a cultural site.
The World Heritage Committee, a panel under the UN cultural agency
UNESCO, resumed its current session on Sunday following one-day
suspension imposed after the outbreak of a coup attempt in Turkey Friday
Dominating Sunday’s meeting is a review of the nominations of the
remaining 18 sites to the World Heritage List, as it examined and
decided on Friday to inscribe nine others nominated for this year.
Sunday morning saw four new sites placed on the World Heritage List,
which are the architectural work of Le Corbusier in Argentina, Belgium,
France, Germany, India, Japan and Switzerland, Antigua Naval Dockyard
and related archaeological sites in Antigua and Barbuda, Pampulha Modern
Ensemble in Brazil, and Khangchendzonga National Park in India.