Every year a great number of natural and historic landscapes are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, which officially recognizes their value. The committee of UNESCO chooses these placed based on how important they think it is to preserve their cultural, historic or scientific importance. This distinction grants a place legal protection under international treaties. It is a way to protect a place of huge importance against the recklessness of humans. While many of these sites are world-famous, there are many others who were just added or have been in the list for quite a while, but haven’t received the attention they deserve.
1. Chiribiquete national park in Colombia.
The site has huge plant diversity, one of the biggest in the Amazon, and it is famous for its rock formations.
2. Mount Fanjingshan in China.
The mountain rises to 2,570 meters above sea level and it is home to quite a few endangered species, that first originated over 65 million years ago.
3. Sansa Buddhist mountain monasteries in Korea.
The seven temples that can be found on this mountain were built somewhere between the 7th and 9th century and they still stand strong since then.
4. Aasivissuit–Nipisat hunting grounds in Greenland.
This place was recognized for showing the resilience of human creatures and it contains the remains of over 4,200 years of human history.
5. Chaine des Puys in France.
This is an area with 40 dormant volcanoes that is located in the centre of France and spans for over 40 kilometers.
6. Barberton Makhonjwa mountains in South Africa.
These mountains represent the best-preserved succession of volcanic and sedimentary rock dating back 3.6 to 3.25 billion years.
7. Pimachiowin Aki forest in China.
The Anishinaabeg people used to live in this land that has been characterized by UNESCO as a great example respecting all forms of life and maintaining harmonious relations with others.
8. Al-Ahsa in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ahsa has the biggest number of palm trees in the world, with a number of over 2.5 million. It has existed since the Neolithic era ’till today.
9. Bagan in Myanmar.
Bagan is an ancient city, which was the capital of Pagan Kingdom from the 9th to the 13th century.
10. Cultural Landscapes of Bali in Indonesia.
The volcanoes at the area offer these lands their fertile soil and makes it possible for rice and other crop cultivation. This is a cultural point that should be treated with respect and not be altered.
11. Lord Howe Island in Australia.
Most of this volcanic remnant is untouched forest, with plants and animals that can be found nowhere else in the world.
12. Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain.
This park was designed by Antoni Gaudi, whose pieces of art are everywhere around it. The aura of the artist’s work is highly noticeable, with the park offering free entrance.
As years go by, the need for sites like the above to be recognized as world heritages seems more and more urgent, since people don’t seem to understand their value and therefore contribute to their destruction.