Featured Image: Forth Bridge, United Kingdom, newly inscribed World Heritage Listing as of July 4, 2015.
The World Heritage Committee placed 27 new sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List after this year’s annual session on 4 July.
The List already comprises over 1000 protected sites. Of the 27 most recently added, 24 are cultural, two are natural and one is mixed.
Australia did not add any new sites this year, but there was one new addition in the Pacific: the Botanical Gardens in Singapore. The site is the first tropical Botanic Gardens and only the third Botanic Gardens on the UNESCO World Heritage listing.
“The Singapore Botanic Gardens fulfills the criteria for World Heritage Site assessment, and is a well-loved outdoor area for Singaporeans from all walks of life,” said Nigel Taylor, the botanical garden’s director.
Jamaica received its first-ever spot on the list with the addition of the Blue and John Crow Mountains. This region is rugged and forested in the southeast section of the country and is historically known for providing “refuge first for the indigenous Tainos fleeing slavery and then for Maroons (escaped African slaves).” The site is also a biodiversity hotspot for the Caribbean with a number of plant species present.
Other countries receiving inscription include Italy, Germany, Turkey, France, Israel, Scotland, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, Mongolia, Singapore, and Denmark.
To see the full list, click here.