New World Heritage Areas source of national pride

Today in Doha was a day of inscriptions to the World Heritage list, including the Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites in Japan, the Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche in Mexico, the Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey in Germany and the Qhapaq Nan, Andean Road System, among others.

The Qhapag Nan is a common cultural heritage now listed as World Heritage, between Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Qhapaq Nan otherwise know as the Main Andean Road, was the backbone of the Inca Empire’s political and economic power. The whole network of roads over 30,000 km in length connected various production, administrative and ceremonial centres constructed over more than 2,000 years of pre-Inca Andean culture. The Incas of Cuzco achieved this unique infrastructure on a grand scale in less than a century.

Tomorrow the agenda has at least 24 more sites to consider for inscription to the World Heritage List.  Witnessing the joy and celebration of State Parties as they have their sites added to the World Heritage List, it is appalling to consider Australia's position this year. Just twelve months after Tasmania's World Heritage Area was extended to include the globally significant forests and karst regions, we are here to prevent the Australian Government's attempt to remove 74,000ha of World Heritage forest from the site.

Jenny Weber

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