Heritage News This Week

Hill Forts of Rajasthan

News for the week ending June 23rd, 2013.

The biggest news last week that the World Heritage Committee started its annual session. This will go on till 27th June in Cambodia and with decisions taken on the list of sites to inscribe as a world heritage site. Till now the 19 new sites below have been inscribed –

Hill Forts of Rajasthan
Hill Forts of Rajasthan

Progress in the conservation efforts at Iran’s Bam Citadel have convinced the WHC to strike it off the endangered list. It is always good to hear about conservation efforts bearing fruit.

While we persevere, nature sometimes works against us – a flood in Austria damaged the village of Hallstatt, a world heritage site.

The WHC has been active in trying to minimize damage caused by humans though. Last week, it called for a ban on drilling for oil in Virunga national park and expressed its concerns over fracking in the Gros Morne national park It also added the sites in Syria to the endangered list considering the heavy damage two years of civil war has caused to them.

The WHC also added two manuscripts – an ancient sacred Jain text and the war-time diary of a Korean war hero to the heritage list. The Jain manuscript has moreover been described as of ‘lasting value to humankind’.

  • I like starting interesting stuff – @GoUNESCO and Go Heritage Runs recently – @tripnaksha earlier. I once hitchhiked in the north-east of India for a month on a budget of Rs. 221 per day. Marathoner.

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