Germany’s Elbe Valley removed from UN World Heritage list owing to new bridge

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The United Nations cultural agency has removed Germany’s Dresden Elbe Valley from its World Heritage List due to the building of a four-lane bridge in the heart of the cultural landscape, marking only the second time that it has ever delisted a site.

The building of the Waldschlösschen Bridge meant that the property “failed to keep its ‘outstanding universal value as inscribed,’” the World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s news release.

It added that Germany could present a new nomination in the future relating to Dresden, which was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004, but was then put on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2006 because of the planned bridge.

The only other time the committee has ever removed a property from the World Heritage List was in 2007 when it delisted the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Oman for what it deemed as the country’s failure to fulfill its conservation obligations with regard to the site.

The 21-member committee, meeting in the Spanish city of Seville until 30 June, is reviewing the state of conservation of properties inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, as well as nominations for new additions of cultural and natural sites.

Source: United Nations