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  • 20 May, 2021

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6 new World Heritage Sites in Tentative list

6 new World Heritage Sites on the Tentative list

  • Six of the nine sites submitted by the Archaeological Survey of India had been accepted by UNESCO for inclusion in the tentative list, which is a requirement before the final nomination of any site.
  • The recently-included proposals are
  1. Ganga ghats in Varanasi
  2. Temples of Kancheepuram
  3. Satpura Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh
  4. The Maratha military architecture in Maharashtra
  5. The Hire Bengal megalithic site in Karnataka and
  6. Bhedaghat-Lametaghat of Narmada Valley in Madhya Pradesh.
  • India has 48 sites in the Tentative list as of now. As per Operational Guidelines, 2019 of UNESCO, it is mandatory to put any monument/site on the Tentative List (TL) for one year before it is considered for the final nomination dossier. Once the nomination is done, it is sent to the World Heritage Centre (WHC).

World Heritage Site:

  • The sites are designated as having “outstanding universal value” under the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage 1972.
  • The World Heritage Centre is the Secretariat to the 1972 Convention.
  • It provides a framework for international cooperation in preserving and protecting cultural treasures and natural areas throughout the world.

There are three types of sites: Cultural, Natural, and Mixed.

  • Cultural heritage sites include hundreds of historic buildings and town sites, important archaeological sites, and works of monumental sculpture or painting.
  • Natural heritage sites are restricted to those natural areas that have excellent ecological and evolutionary processes, unique natural phenomena, habitats of rare or endangered species etc.
  • Mixed heritage sites contain elements of both natural and cultural significance.
  • India has 38 world heritage sites, including 30 cultural properties, 7 natural properties and 1 mixed site. The latest one included is Jaipur city, Rajasthan.

Source: TH


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