The Newsletter 54 Summer 2010

World Heritage site status: boon or bane?

Ean Lee

The World Heritage Committee (‘the Committee’) has recently decided to remove Germany’s Dresden Elbe Valley from the Unesco World Heritage List ‘due to the building of a four-lane bridge in the heart of the cultural landscape which meant that the property failed to keep its outstanding universal value as inscribed’. According to the Committee, the construction of the Waldschoesschen bridge across the valley would tarnish the natural beauty of the area.

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