Endangered places on the World Monuments Watch List for 2022

(CNN) — From an English castle threatened by climate change to an Egyptian monument in the shadow of its more famous counterparts, this year’s World Monuments Watch shines a light on 25 culturally significant but endangered heritage sites.

The World Monuments Watch is a project run by the World Monuments Fund, a non-profit organization that shines a light on endangered historical and cultural sites around the world.

Every two years, the WMF adds new spots to its watch list, raising awareness and helping to raise funds for the continued protection of the sites.

To date, the organization claims to have directly contributed more than $110 million to projects at more than 300 sites. The World Monuments Fund says sites also see significant economic benefits from the increased visibility that comes with a spot on the Watch List.

Potential new sites can be nominated by individuals and community organizations. This year, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) – an organization that also weighs in on UNESCO’s World Heritage List – and an independent group of heritage experts from around the world sifted through more than 225 applications before settling on the 2022 list.

Climate change and other threats

The World Monuments Fund has added the Koagannu mosques and cemetery in the Maldives, pictured, to its list of endangered sites for 2022.

Courtesy of the World Monuments Fund

Sites highlighted this year include Hurst Castle, a historic fortress on England’s south coast which partially collapsed in subsequent storms in 2021. WMF says adding the castle to the list of monitoring “can help draw attention to the impact of climate change on coasts”. heritage through continuous monitoring.

The Maldives’ Koagannu mosques and cemetery have also been placed on the list due to climate-related risks, with the World Monuments Fund saying the adverse effects of rising sea levels are already visible at the site.

The WMF also highlights sites that celebrate underrepresented voices in history, including the Garcia Pasture in Texas in the United States, the ancestral home of the Carrizo/Comecrudo tribe, as well as sites impacted by what he calls “unbalanced tourism”.

In Egypt, the ancient city of Abydos is highlighted as a site “little visited by tourists despite its cultural importance”.

And while Mexico’s Teaotihuacan Archaeological Park is a popular destination, the World Monuments Fund includes the site on its 2022 list to emphasize that Teaotihuacan’s popularity doesn’t necessarily mean local residents derive economic benefit from it.

The Mosque City of Bagerhat in Bangladesh is on this year's World Monuments Watch List.

The Mosque City of Bagerhat in Bangladesh is on this year’s World Monuments Watch List.


Other notable sites on the list include Beirut’s heritage buildings in an area of ​​the Lebanese city damaged by an explosion in 2020. Libya’s historic downtown Benghazi – crippled by ongoing conflict – is also on the list of This year.

“This year’s watch demonstrates that heritage preservation can offer innovative solutions to contemporary global challenges,” Bénédicte de Montlaur, president and CEO of WMF, said in a statement.

“We urge the world to stand with communities and save these places of extraordinary cultural significance. Heritage sites are an incredible resource for addressing the broader issues facing society as well as local needs for recognition. , access, participation and economic opportunity.”

World Monuments Watchlist 2022

Jahangir's tomb in Pakistan is another spot on this year's list, with the World Monuments Fund noting that the site needs restoration.

Jahangir’s tomb in Pakistan is another spot on this year’s list, with the World Monuments Fund noting that the site needs restoration.

Maria Gulraiz/World Monuments Fund

– Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home, Kinchela, Australia

– Mosque City of Bagerhat, Bagerhat, Bangladesh

– Cultural Landscape of the Bunong People, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia

– Fortified Mansions of Yongtai, Fujian Province, China

– Sumba Island, Indonesia

– Heritage Buildings of Beirut, Lebanon

– Hitis (water fountains) of Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

– Tomb of Jahangir, Lahore, Pakistan

– Nouri, Sudan

– Hurst Castle, Hampshire, UK

– Lamanai, Indian religious village, Belize

– Monte Alegre State Park, Brazil

– The House of the People, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

– Abydos, Egypt

– Traditional Asante Buildings, Ghana

– Tiretta Bazaar, Kolkata, India

– Historic Downtown Benghazi, Libya

– Koagannu Mosques and Cemetery, Maldives

– Teotihuacan, San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico

– Yanacancha-Huaquis Cultural Landscape, Miraflores District, Peru

– Alcântara and Rocha do Conde de Óbidos, Marine Stations (Almada Negreiros Murals), Lisbon, Portugal

– Cloth Synagogue and Jewish Heritage of Timișoara, Timișoara, Romania

– Africatown, Mobile, Alabama, USA

– Garcia Pasture, Brownsville, TX, USA

– Socotra Archipelago, Yemen

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