Namib on World Heritage list
The 37th session of the World Heritage Committee will consider the nomination of the Namib Sand Sea for possible inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Namib Sand Sea which lies within the Namib Naukluft Park has been nominated as a natural property, and if inscribed at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee will be the second property of Namibia to be inscribed on the list after the Twyfelfontain rock paintings which were inscribed in 2007.
According to a statement issued by Dr Marius Kudumo, Secretary General, Namibia National Commission for UNESCO, the main criterion for inscription of a property on the UNESCO World Heritage List is the demonstration of outstanding universal value and the uniqueness in the world.
“In case of the Namib Sand Sea, the nominated property is exceptional in relation to the diversity and scale of the dune formations, the pattern of colouration across the dune field and the contrast of textures, colour and form amongst different landscape elements in areas where different habitats meet, such as those associated with the intrusions of seasonal rivers or coastal features,” he said.
The 37th session will be held in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap-Angkor in Cambodia from 16 to 27 June. The 37th session is organized by UNESCO and the National Commission of Cambodia with the support of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth, National Services, Sports and Culture, Steve Katjiunajo will lead the Namibian delegation to the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee.