Liverpool loses its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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By Stephen Germain Ger | Posted on 07/23/2021 at 4:12 pm | Updated 23/07/2021 at 16:26

The port, a symbol of the industrial age, was closed on Wednesday, July 21. This is only the third time that this decision has been taken by the organisation. The committee outlined the irreversible loss of the features that created the value of the place.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting for its 44th session, voted five out of thirteen votes to upgrade the port in the north-west of England, classified in 2004. Only two other sites had experienced the same before. Fate: Elbe Valley in Dresden, Germany and Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Oman.

The decision follows the overdevelopment of the British port, which had already been warned about the Liverpool Water Development Project in 2012. “The project has since been implemented, as have other developments within the property and in its buffer zone. The Committee believes that these constructions undermine the authenticity and integrity of the site.”, explains about the committee on the website of UNESCO.

The organization felt that the port of Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles and a cornerstone of English and Scottish migration, had lost the authenticity that had given it World Heritage status 17 years earlier. in football stadiums and high-rise buildings”irreversibly damaged“The port city of the port, which was warned by the UNESCO committee on several occasions about its redevelopment projects.”Removal of a property from the World Heritage List is a loss to the international community and to the globally shared values ​​and commitments within the framework of the World Heritage Convention.”, the organization is sorry.

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A British government spokesman said that it “so frustrated“This decision.”We believe Liverpool still deserves its World Heritage status, which the docks have played a significant role in history and the city more broadly.“, he added. Many local elected officials condemn an ​​arbitrary decision taken by bureaucrats away from the city and overstate its reality as well as its economic needs.

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