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Why Liverpool lost its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site


The ax finally fell. After repeated warnings for a decade, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has removed Liverpool from the list of classified sites. In question ? The transformation of its historic port, which has seen many large-scale buildings rise from the ground. And where future constructions are still expected, such as the new stadium of the Everton football club.

> Take a look at the pictures of the development of the Port of Liverpool for yourself:

So many developments which, since the city was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2004, have considerably changed the appearance of its docks. At point ” undermine the authenticity and integrity of the site “, And to cause the” irreversible loss of the attributes which convey the Outstanding Universal Value of the property », Judges Unesco.

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British authorities reacted strongly to the organization’s decision. To start by Joanne Anderson, the Labor mayor of Liverpool, who has announced his willingness to appeal and defended the ongoing developments, as you can see in our video above.

“We will have an intelligent debate with other cities on heritage conservation and the development of our communities. It’s hard for me to understand why Unesco wants us to have empty docks rather than Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. “

The sanction which struck Liverpool is extremely rare, since it is only the third case of removal from the World Heritage list since its creation in 1972. The first exclusion concerned in 2007 a nature reserve in Oman, after the announcement of a drastic reduction in its surface area for a hydrocarbon prospecting project. And in 2009, Unesco’s target was the Elbe Valley in Dresden, Germany, which had suffered from the construction of a road bridge.



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