Saturday, February 22, 2014

World Heritage Sites - Criteria Seven

We love to take photographs and always wanted to photograph the UN designated World Heritage sites, especially the ones nominated for their exceptional beauty.

The World Heritage List isn't static, but currently includes 981 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding, universal cultural or natural value. The properties are selected based on ten criteria: "(1) to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius; (2) to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design; (3) to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared; (4) to be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history; (5) to be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures), or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change; (6) to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria); (7) to contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance; (8) to be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features; (9) to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals; (10) to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.

Although we still would like to photograph all of the sites, time and finances prevent us from visiting all of the sites, so we need to select the ones for which we would receive the most "bang" for our time, effort, and money.

The current complete list of criteria seven is listed below. Where would you go?

Criteria VI World Heritage Sites

Algeria: Tassili n'Ajjer #
Argentina: Los Glaciares National Park
Argentina: Iguazu National Park
Australia: Great Barrier Reef
Australia: Kakadu National Park
Australia: Lord Howe Island Group
Australia: Tasmanian Wilderness
Australia: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Australia: Wet Tropics of Queensland
Australia: Shark Bay, Western Australia
Australia: Fraser Island
Australia: Macquarie Island
Australia: Purnululu National Park
Australia: Ningaloo Coast
Belarus: Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest *
Belize: Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
Brazil: Iguaçu National Park
Brazil: Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves
Brazil: Pantanal Conservation Area
Brazil: Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves
Bulgaria: Pirin National Park
Canada: Nahanni National Park #
Canada: Dinosaur Provincial Park
Canada: Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek # * 5
Canada: Wood Buffalo National Park
Canada: Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks # 6
Canada: Gros Morne National Park
Canada: Waterton Glacier International Peace Park *
Canada: Chad
Canada: Lakes of Ounianga
China: Mount Taishan
China: Mount Huangshan
China: Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area
China: Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area
China: Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area
China: Mount Wuyi
China: Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas
China: South China Karst
China: Fujian Tulou
China: Mount Sanqingshan National Park
China: China Danxia
Colombia: Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary
Costa Rica: Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park *
Côte d'Ivoire: Taï National Park
Croatia: Plitvice Lakes National Park #
Cuba: Desembarco del Granma National Park
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Virunga National Park #
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Garamba National Park
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Salonga National Park
Denmark: Ilulissat Icefjord
Ecuador: Galápagos Islands
Ecuador: Sangay National Park #
Ethiopia: Simien National Park
France: Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve #
France: Pyrénées - Mont Perdu *
France: Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems
France: Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island
Greece: Meteora
Greece: Mount Athos
Honduras: Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
India: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
India: Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks
Indonesia: Komodo National Park
Indonesia: Ujung Kulon National Park
Indonesia: Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
Italy: The Dolomites
Japan: Yakushima
Jordan: Wadi Rum Protected Area
Kenya: Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest
Kenya: Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley
Kiribati: Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Korea, Republic of: Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
Madagascar: Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve
Malawi: Lake Malawi National Park
Malaysia: Gunung Mulu National Park
Mali: Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons)
Mexico: Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California
Mexico: Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
Montenegro: Durmitor National Park
Nepal: Sagarmatha National Park
Nepal: Chitwan National Park
New Zealand: Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand
New Zealand: Tongariro National Park
Niger: Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
Norway: West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord
Palau: Rock Islands Southern Lagoon
Panama: Darien National Park
Panama: Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park
Peru: Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Peru: Huascarán National Park
Peru: Río Abiseo National Park
Philippines: Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Philippines: Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Poland: Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Białowieża Forest
Romania: Danube Delta
Russian Federation: Virgin Komi Forests
Russian Federation: Lake Baikal
Russian Federation: Volcanoes of Kamchatka
Russian Federation: Putorana Plateau
Saint Lucia: Pitons Management Area
Senegal: Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Seychelles: Aldabra Atoll
Seychelles: Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
Slovenia: Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
South Africa: iSimangaliso Wetland Park
South Africa: uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park
Spain: Garajonay National Park
Spain: Doñana National Park
Spain: Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
Spain: Teide National Park
Sweden: Laponian Area
Switzerland: Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
Tanzania: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Tanzania: Serengeti National Park
Tanzania: Kilimanjaro National Park
Thailand: Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region
Turkey: Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
Turkey: Hierapolis-Pamukkale
Uganda: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Uganda: Rwenzori Mountains National Park
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland : Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland : St Kilda
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland : Henderson Island
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland : Gough and Inaccessible Islands
United States: Yellowstone
United States: Grand Canyon
United States: Olympic
United States: Redwoods
United States: Great Smoky Mountains
United States: Klurane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek
United States: Glacier
United States: Carlsbad Cavern
United States: Mammoth Caves
United States: Yosemite
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of): Canaima National Park
Vietnam: Ha Long Bay
Zambia: Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe: Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas
Zimbabwe: Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls

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