Thursday, December 7, 2023

Konso Cultural Landscape - Ethiopia

Konso Cultural Landscape is an arid property of stone walled terraces and fortified settlements in the Konso highlands of Ethiopia. 
It constitutes a spectacular example of a living cultural tradition stretching back 21 generations (more than 400 years) adapted to its dry hostile environment. 
The landscape demonstrates the shared values, social cohesion and engineering knowledge of its communities. 
The site also features anthropomorphic wooden statues - grouped to represent respected members of their communities and particularly heroic events - which are an exceptional living testimony to funerary traditions that are on the verge of disappearing. 
Stone steles in the towns express a complex system of marking the passing of generations of leaders.


Sicily is an island and an autonomous region of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea. 
It is located SW of the Calabria region on the Italian mainland, and NE of the North African country of Tunisia. 
The Ancient Greek name Trinakria means "the island with three points".

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley

The Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley, a natural property of outstanding beauty, comprises three inter-linked relatively shallow lakes (Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and Lake Elementaita) in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya and covers a total area of 32,034 hectares. 
The property is home to 13 globally threatened bird species and some of the highest bird diversities in the world. 
It is the single most important foraging site for the lesser flamingo anywhere, and a major nesting and breeding ground for great white pelicans. 
The property features sizeable mammal populations, including black rhino, Rothschild's giraffe, greater kudu, lion, cheetah and wild dogs and is valuable for the study of ecological processes of major importance.

Southeast Sulawesi

Southeast Sulawesi, formerly also called Southeast Sulawesi, is a province of Indonesia located on the island of Sulawesi. 
The capital of the province is Kendari, on the east coast of the peninsula.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison - Barbados

Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, an outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, which testifies to the spread of Great Britain's Atlantic colonial empire. 
The property also includes a nearby military garrison which consists of numerous historic buildings. 
With its serpentine urban lay-out the property testifies to a different approach to colonial town-planning compared to the Spanish and Dutch colonial cities of the region which were built along a grid plan.


Sikkim is a state of India, located in the Himalayan Mountains in the northern part of the country. 
The state has 610,577 inhabitants, making it the least populated state in India. 
With an area of 7096 km², it is also the second smallest. 
The capital and largest city of Sikkim is Gangtok.

Sunday, December 3, 2023

Hiraizumi – Japan

Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land comprises five sites, including the sacred Mount Kinkeisan. 
It features vestiges of government offices dating from the 11th and 12th centuries when Hiraizumi was the administrative centre of the northern realm of Japan and rivalled Kyoto. 
The realm was based on the cosmology of Pure Land Buddhism, which spread to Japan in the 8th century. 
It represented the pure land of Buddha that people aspire to after death, as well as peace of mind in this life. 
In combination with indigenous Japanese nature worship and Shintoism, Pure Land Buddhism developed a concept of planning and garden design that was unique to Japan.