UK area bids to join UNESCO World Heritage list

slate landscape of northwest Wales
The slate landscape of north-west Wales is the UK bid for a Unesco World Heritage site/RCAHMW

The BBC reported that an area famous for its slate industry could join the Great Wall of China and the USA’s Grand Canyon as a Unesco World Heritage Site later.

The BBC said the slate landscape of north-west Wales is the UK’s bid as the World Heritage Committee meet in China this week.

They have awarded 30 new inscriptions to cultural and natural bids from all over the world already this week.

According to the BBC, Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed the UK Government-led bid aiming to be the UK’s 33rd site on the prestigious list.

The slate landscapes of Snowdonia in the Welsh county of Gwynedd are said to have “roofed the 19th Century world” as slate from its quarries was exported around the globe.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee will be looking for a site of “outstanding universal value” and should be a “unique landmark” which has a “cultural, historical or physical significance”.

Areas that have already been inscribed on the elite list this year includes the Great Spas of Europe, the Dutch Water Defence Lines in the Netherlands and the Trans-Iranian Railway.

Source: BBC
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