Cape Town - Unesco has announced the addition of 24 new World Heritage Sites around thee globe as well as an extension on three existing ones. including our very own Cape Floral Region!
First inscribed onto the World Heritage List in 2004, the Cape Floral Region originally included 8 protected areas comprising about 553 000 hectares.
READ:SA's Cape Floral World Heritage Site supersizes its protection area
The extension brings the size of the World Heritage Site to 1 094 742 hectares thus significantly increasing the size of South Africa’s protected areas with outstanding international recognition.
The local achievement was announced alongside 24 brand new cultural and natural Heritage Sites from various corners of the globe, including Scotland, Norway, Iran, Saudi Arabia and South Korea to mention just a few. The sites are extremely diverse - from magnificently engineered bridges to ancient ruins, botanical gardens to vineyards - yet the one thing that binds them together is their historical significance.
Check out these 12 new Heritage Sites around the globe and head to UNESCO's website to check out the other 12:
The Forth Bridge, Scotland
Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System, Mexico
Baekje Historic Areas, South Korea
Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas), Jordan
Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars, France
Diyarbakir Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape, Turkey
Fray Bentos Cultural-Industrial Landscape, Uruguay
Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its surrounding sacred landscape, Mongolia
Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal, Israel
Rjukan–Notodden Industrial Heritage Site, Norway
Singapore Botanical Gardens