China’s Fuzhou and Russia’s Kazan to promote communication and cooperation in World Heritage protection
Published: Jul 29, 2021 06:58 PM
Quanzhou. Photo: Li Hao/GT

Quanzhou. Photo: Li Hao/GT

The cities of Fuzhou, China and Kazan, Russia will take joint responsibility for promoting World Heritage sites, Chinese officials announced on Tuesday at the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Fuzhou, East China's Fujian Province.

According to the UNSECO website, the 45th session of the committee in 2022 is scheduled to be held in Kazan.

As host cities for the World Heritage Committee, the cites are bound together by this shared responsibility despite the distance between them. At a conference themed on the two cities, Tian Xuejun, chairman of the 44th session of the committee and China’s vice minister of Education, said the event will help promote communication and cooperation between Fuzhou and Kazan when it comes to heritage protection and contributions to the World Heritage list.

On Tuesday night, the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee reviewed and approved a draft resolution on the boundaries of the Administration of Shennongjia National Park in Central China’s Hubei Province, a World Natural Heritage. 

The draft shows that parts of the Chongqing Wulipo National Natural Reserve were included in the scope of the Administration of Shennongjia National Park.

The Chongqing Wulipo Reserve in Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality is located at the junction of Chongqing and Hubei Province and covers an area of 35,276.6 hectares.

The 44th session is set to come to an end on Saturday. So far China has a total of 56 World Heritage sites, ranking it at No.2 in the world, while Italy comes in at No.1 with a total of 58 World Heritage sites, according to the official website of UNESCO.

An employee from the World Heritage application team who wished to remain anonymous told the Global Times that Jingmai Mountain in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province, one of the biggest producers of Pu’er tea, will apply for Natural Heritage site status at the 45th session of the committee in 2022.