Back in May of 2011 I wrote up a column called ‘Helping Out the Uninteresting Ones’ which looked to provide a UNESCO World Heritage site for each of the 43 sad countries left out. I’m pleased to say that in the interval five states have now joined the club, listed below.
I suggested: the Morgan Lewis Windmill, one of the last two operational in the world.
UNESCO went with: Historic Brisdgetown and its Garrison, which shows off the British Caribbean.
I suggested: Zakouma National Park, a megafauna preserve.
UNESCO went with: Lakes of Ounianga, the only fresh water lakes in the world in hyper-arid deserts that don’t dry up.
Republic of the Congo
I suggested: Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, an endangered species hideaway.
UNESCO: did it! Nouable-Ndoki is joined by two other parks in the even larger Sangha Trinational, combining the Congo’s park with those of Cameroon and the Central African Republic.
I suggested: Ngarameduu Conservation Area, already a UNESCO biosphere.
UNESCO went with: Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, which, frankly, may have been a part of the vast Ngarameduu, but I can’t find any accurate info. According to maps Ngarameduu Bay is to the north, off the largest island, and the Rock Islands are to the south. So, it may be a different site.
United Arab Emirates
I suggested: Al-Ain, a four-thousand year trading hub, originally settled in the Neolithic.
UNESCO: did it! Inducted as the Cultural Sites of Al-Ain.
Now there are only 39 to go. How can 43-5=39 you ask? Ah, because one country has been added to the United Nations roster since 2011.
South Sudan – Bandingilo National Park. Home to the world’s second largest migration (after the Serengeti).