via Myanmar Times, 15 August 2018: Garden construction in Bagan temples may potentially affect the bid to nominate them into the World Heritage register. This adds to the number of issues previously highlighted in the nomination of Bagan with modern constructions (such as here and here).
Bagan authorities are planning to build 17 gardens inside the compounds of well-known pagodas, but a local UNESCO official expressed concern the move could affect Bagan’s bid to be declared a world heritage site.
Source: Gardens might affect Bagan UNESCO bid
via Coconuts Yangon, 19 January 2018:
Myanmar is expected to submit an application for the Bagan Archaeological Zone to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site this month.
Source: Bagan UNESCO bid to be submitted this month | Coconuts Yangon
Xinhua, 07 May 2017: Myanmar hopes to formally nominate Bagan as a World Heritage Site by submitting the nomination dossier in September and amending local laws.
Myanmar strives to enlist Bagan as world cultural heritage
Source: Myanmar strives to enlist Bagan as world cultural heritage – Xinhua | English.news.cn
Indonesia has kicked off the process to nominate Jakarta’s Old Town – Kota Tua – into the World Heritage list.
Kota Tua strong contender in UNESCO heritage nominees list
Jakarta Post, 04 February 2015
After months of preparation by the city administration and the Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corporation (JOTRC), North Jakarta’s Kota Tua has officially been nominated as Indonesia’s representative for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List of significant cultural and natural sites.
Kota Tua has passed the first of many steps required for a site to be selected as a World Heritage Site. Once the site is nominated, a committee will draft a nomination file, which will be submitted to UNESCO for its advisory bodies to review its authenticity and importance.
The advisory bodies then send the applications to the World Heritage Committee for a final review.
Full story here.
The northern province of Batanes is just about ready to be nominated for World Heritage Site listing because of a continuous occupation lasting 2,400 years, but some of the stone door-less houses that make Batanes unique are also seen by the locals as markers of poverty.
photo credit: click-the-shutter
New concrete Batanes houses â€˜with doorsâ€™
Philippine Inquirer Lifestyle, 12 April 2010