The volcanic region at Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park covers 14% of the island nation’s territory.
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The committee also approved the extension of an existing site in Albania, the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid region in North Macedonia.
A human masterpiece or natural wonder
UNESCO World Heritage sites include cultural and natural locations that span more than 160 countries and territories.
The inscribed sites have to meet one or more of 10 criteria, including “representing a masterpiece of human creative genius” or “exceptional natural beauty” or being an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement.
Some of the world’s most endangered bird species depend on the ellow Sea/Gulf of Bohai coastline to rest or nest.
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A “no” vote by the committee doesn’t mean the site isn’t worthy, or it won’t get a designation in future years. Nations can spend years developing pitches for inclusion on the list, in pursuit of the cultural cachet and tourists and resources it can attract to sites in need of money for restoration and protection. Countries must convince the UNESCO committee that they will protect their sites and support them financially.
A troubled relationship
Frank Lloyd Wright’s work includes the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
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World Heritage sites in danger
The newest World Heritage sites
The stargaizing is glorious at Risco Caido and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria in Spain.
Courtesy Nacho Gonzalez
Australia: Budj Bim Cultural Landscape
Bahrain: Dilmun Burial Mounds
Brazil: Paraty and Ilha Grande — Culture and Biodiversity
Burkina Faso: Ancient ferrous metallurgy sites of Burkina Faso
China: Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City
China: Migratory Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China, Phase I
Czech Republic: Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem
Czech Republic/Germany: Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří Mining Region
France: French Austral Lands and Seas
Germany: Water Management System of Augsburg
Iceland: Vatnajökull National Park
Indonesia: Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto
Iran: Hyrcanian Forests
Italy: Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano a Valdobbiadene
Japan: Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group: Mounded Tombs of Ancient Japan
Republic of Korea: Seowon, Korean Neo-Confucian Academies
Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Megalithic Jar Sites in Xiengkhuang — Plain of Jars
Poland: Krzemionki Prehistoric Striped Flint Mining Region
Portugal: Royal Building of Mafra — Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park, Tapada
Portugal: Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga
Russian Federation: Churches of the Pskov School of Architecture
Spain: Risco Caido and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria Cultural Landscape
United Kingdom: Jodrell Bank Observatory
CNN’s Hamdi Alkhshali contributed to this report