UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites Reaches 1,000
Newly designated World Heritage sites in France, Botswana, and the United States push UNESCO's list into the quadruple digits.
What's the Latest?
UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites reached 1,000 locations this week after Botswana's Okavango Delta was added to the prestigious register. Nearly thirty other historical spots spanning the globe were also inscribed. The list, managed since 1978 by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, includes such famous landmarks as the Great Wall of China, Peru's Machu Picchu, and Grand Canyon National Park.
New additions to the list include the below sites. Each site name features a link to a relevant news article:
What's the Big Idea?
UNESCO's World Heritage list aims to protect cultural locations around the world that represent significant importance to humanity. The UNESCO website classifies the sites in multiple categories, most notably by whether they are natural or man-made as well as whether they are considered in danger. Sites are nominated by World Heritage Convention signatories and evaluated by two separated bodies. The World Heritage Committee decides during its annual meeting which sites to inscribe on the list.
While a UNESCO designation can mean a marketing boon for certain sites, the organization stresses a sustainable approach to tourism.
Photo credit: photoff / Shutterstock
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, explains his plan for success.
- Jeff Bezos had a clear vision for Amazon.com from the start.
- Bezos explains why books, in particular, make for a perfect item to sell on the internet.
It's one factor that can help explain the religiosity gap.
- Sociologists have long observed a gap between the religiosity of men and women.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.