New World Heritage Sites 2017

The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) will take place from 2 to 12 July, this year in the city of Krakow in Poland. The table below lists 12 out of a total of 34 sites which will be examined by the WHC. These 12 sites are the ones that are currently recommended for inscription by UNESCO and their advisory bodies, ICOMOS and IUCN, but the final decision will be taken during the WHC’s meeting in Krakow in early July. The full list also includes sites that may or may not be inscribed at a later stage/session.

Header photo: Glenridding and Ullswater, Lake District, England – Photo by Nick Thorne

Nominations to be examined by the WHC include 23 Cultural site, 5 Natural sites, 1 Mixed and 5 significant modifications to the boundaries, i.e. extensions of already listed sites.


Sites recommended for inscription

Please note that this list contains only the sites which will most likely be inscribed. See full list (link) above for more info.

AFRICA C=Cultural site, N=Natural site
Angola Historical Centre of Mbanza Kongo N (iii)(v)(vi)
Eritrea Asmara: Africa’s Modernist City C (ii)(iii)(iv)
Read more: Asmara Modernist Architecture
China Qinghai Hoh Xil N (vii)(x)
China Kulangsu: a historic international settlement C (ii)(iii)(iv)
Japan Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region C (ii)(iii)(vi)
Croatia / Italy / Montenegro Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th Centuries N (ii)(iii)(iv)
France Taputapuatea C (iii)(iv)(vi)
Germany Caves with the oldest Ice Age art C (i)(iii)
Russian Fed. The Assumption Cathedral of the town-island of Sviyazhsk C (ii)(iv)
UK (England) The English Lake District C (ii)(v)(vi)
Argentina Los Alerces National Park N (vii)(x)
Brazil Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site C (iii)(vi)
France Strasbourg: from Grande-île to Neustadt, a European urban scene [extension to “Strasbourg – Grande île”, (i)(ii)(iv), 1988]
Germany The Bauhaus and its sites in Weimar, Dessau and Bernau [extension to “Bauhaus and its Sites in Weimar and Dessau”, (ii)(iv)(vi), 1996] [in compliance with Decision 39 COM 10A.1 this extension does not fall within the limit of two nominations per State Party per year]
Benin / Burkina Faso W – Arly – Pendjari Complex [extension to “W National Park of Niger”, Niger, (ix)(x), 1996]