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UNESCO inscribes 12 new World Heritage Sites
Posted on 20/07/2016


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Hot on the heels of the 40th session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, we take a look at the UN body's latest inscriptions to the World Heritage list.

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  • Hubei Shennongjia, China
    Hubei Shennongjia, China

    A two-part site in central-eastern China, Hubei Shennongjia consists of Shennongding/Badong to the west and Laojunshan to the east. They are the largest primary forests left in Central China, providing habitats for rare species such as the Chinese Giant Salamander, the Golden or Snub-nosed Monkey, the Clouded Leopard, Common Leopard and the Asian Black Bear.

  • Mistaken Point, Canada
    Mistaken Point, Canada

    Located on the south-eastern tip of Newfoundland, Mistaken Point is an extremely important fossil site. Its 17 km-long strip of coastal cliffs from 580 to 560 million years ago and have shed light on what UNESCO calls "a watershed in the history of life on earth: the appearance of large, biologically complex organisms, after almost three billion years of micro-dominated evolution."

  • Archipiélgo de Revillagigedo, Mexico
    Archipiélgo de Revillagigedo, Mexico

    This tiny archipelago in the eastern Pacific Ocean consists of four islands and their surrounding waters. San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida and Clarión are actually the peaks of a submerged mountain range and provide habitat for seabirds and marine life such as manta rays, whales, dolphins and sharks.

  • Sanganeb and Mukkawar Marine National Parks and Dungonab Bay, Sudan
    Sanganeb and Mukkawar Marine National Parks and Dungonab Bay, Sudan

    Like China's new site, this inscription is also made up of two areas. Sat 25 km off the coast of Sudan, Sanganeb is a coral reef and atoll located in the central Red Sea. The second area, made up of Dungonab Bay and Mukkawar Island, is known for its coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, beaches and islets. It represents an important habitat for marine life, including dugongs - a close relation of manatees.

  • Dasht-e-Lut, Iran
    Dasht-e-Lut, Iran

    Also known as the Lut Desert, Dasht-e-Lut is another important addition to Iran's growing list of UNESCO sites. According to the UN body, this property represents "an exceptional example of ongoing geological processes," caused by strong winds which sweep sediment into massive corrugated ridges during the summer and early autumn.


As the 40th session of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee drew to a close in Istanbul, the UN body revealed no less than 12 new sites were to join its list of important cultural and natural sites. Amongst them were properties spanning the world, from marshlands in Iraq to fossil-rich cliffs in Canada.


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