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Why was the city of Liverpool delisted as a world heritage site by Unesco?

Why was the city of Liverpool delisted as a world heritage site by Unesco?

Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City was removed from the world heritage list in 2004. The World Heritage Committee cited ‘irreversible loss of attributes conveying outstanding universal value’ as a reason for the removal. Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson expressed her disappointment over the decision.

Key Summary

  • On Wednesday, Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City was removed from the world heritage list.
  • The committee cited the ‘irreversible loss of attributes conveying the outstanding universal value of the property.’
  • Liverpool has become the third property to lose its world heritage status after Dresden in Germany and the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Oman.
  • Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson expressed disappointment over the World Heritage Committee’s decision taken during its 44th session in Fuzhou.
  • ‘We have a stunning waterfront and incredible built heritage that is the envy of other cities,’ she said.

On Wednesday, the United Nations’ cultural body voted to delist Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City from the global heritage list nine years after it was placed on the ‘in danger’ list. According to the committee, the site was removed from the world heritage list due to the “irreversible loss of features expressing the extraordinary universal worth of the property,” according to the committee.

‘Any removal from the World Heritage List is a loss to the worldwide community and the internationally shared ideals and commitments under the World Heritage Convention,’ according to Unesco.

In 2004, the six districts of the maritime mercantile city of Liverpool’s historic center and docklands were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the heritage site’s surroundings were the world’s largest trading centers, a testament to the growth of the marine mercantile culture. The maritime city’s notable characteristics included advanced dock technology, transportation systems, and sport management.

The reason for the withdrawal

On the other hand, the World Heritage Committee raised concerns in 2012 about the proposed development of Liverpool Waters, a massive renovation of the historic docklands north of the city center. The committee warned that the reconstruction proposal would ‘change the skyline and profile of the property while adding it to the list of global treasures in danger.

‘Since then, the project has moved forward, along with additional developments both on-site and in the surrounding area.’ Following Liverpool’s removal from the world heritage site, Unesco stated, “The Committee deems that these constructions are damaging to the site’s authenticity and integrity.”

Joanne Anderson, the mayor of Liverpool, expressed unhappiness with the World Heritage Committee’s decision at its 44th session in Fuzhou. Anderson said her displeasure with the decision, which comes more than a decade after Unesco last visited the city to view it for themselves. ‘We will be working with the government to see if we can file an appeal, but Liverpool will always be a World Heritage city, no matter what happens.’ ‘We have a beautiful waterfront and a wonderful built legacy that other cities aspire to,’ she continued.

After Dresden in Germany and the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Oman, Liverpool has become the third property to lose its world heritage title.

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