What is the News?
UNESCO has inscribed the 13th-century Ramappa temple in Palampet, Telangana as a World Heritage Site.
What is a World Heritage Site tag?
- A World Heritage Site is an area or object inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- The sites are included for their outstanding universal value. This signifies cultural and/or natural significance which is so exceptional that it surpasses national boundaries and becomes a site of common importance for present and future generations of all humanity.
Selection Criteria: To be included, sites must meet at least one of the ten selection criteria. This includes:
- site representing a masterpiece of human creative genius or
- exhibiting an important interchange of human values over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world or
- to be an outstanding example of a type of building that illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history or
- bearing unique or exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or
- to be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement or
- to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions with ideas, or with beliefs with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance or
- to contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance or
- to be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth’s history or
- to be outstanding examples representing significant ongoing ecological and biological processes in the evolution or
- to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity.
How are sites recognized?
- The World Heritage Convention’s operational guidelines say that a tentative list is like an inventory of properties a country thinks should be on the World Heritage Site.
- After UNESCO includes the property in the Tentative List, the country prepares a nomination document that will be considered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.