Japan's Ogasawara Islands on UNESCO's World Heritage List
The World Heritage Committee has inscribed Ogasawara Islands, the Japanese islands situated some 1,000 km south of the country's main archipelago, on UNESCO's World Heritage List for the wealth of their ecosystems which reflect a wide range of evolutionary processes.
The property numbers more than 30 islands clustered in three groups and covers surface area of 7,393 hectares. The islands offer a variety of landscapes and are home to a wealth of fauna, including the Bonin Flying Fox, a critically endangered bat, and 195 endangered bird species. Four-hundred and forty-one native plant taxa have been documented on the islands whose waters support numerous species of fish, cetaceans and corals. Ogasawara Islands' ecosystems reflect a range of evolutionary processes illustrated through its assemblage of plant species from both southeast and northwest Asia, alongside many endemic species.
A total of 35 nominations, including natural, cultural and mixed properties will have been reviewed by the Committee, which is holding its 35th session at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, by the end of the session on 29 June.
World Heritage Properties
- 35th session of the Committee Jun 19, 2011 - Jun 29, 2011
- Four new sites inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List Tuesday, June 28, 2011
- Twenty-five new properties inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List which now numbers 936 Tuesday, June 28, 2011
- Sites in Ethiopia, Kenya and Viet Nam inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List Monday, June 27, 2011
- World Heritage Committee inscribes five new sites in Colombia, Sudan, Jordan, Italy and Germany Saturday, June 25, 2011
- Barbados enters World Heritage List with Bridgetown and its Garrison; Hiraizumi (Japan) and Germany’s Beech Forests also inscribed Saturday, June 25, 2011
- Ancient Chinese cultural landscape, the West Lake of Hangzhou, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List Friday, June 24, 2011
- Japan's Ogasawara Islands on UNESCO's World Heritage List Friday, June 24, 2011
- Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley and Australia's Ningaloo Coast inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List Friday, June 24, 2011
- Senegal’s Saloum Delta inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List Friday, June 24, 2011