Nomination Process

Before being nominated for consideration as World Heritage Site, sites first have to be on a Tentative List. This is a list of sites that have been identified as having outstanding universal value.

As decided at its 31st annual meeting, the World Heritage Committee agreed to apply the following guidelines for nominations for World Heritage Site Status.

Examine up to two complete nominations per State Party, provided that at least one of such nominations concerns a natural property.

However, on an experimental basis for 4 years, the Committee has decided to leave to the discretion of the State Party the decision on the nature of the nominations, whether natural or cultural, as per its national priorities, its history and geography.

The UK’s current nomination, which will be considered by the next World Heritage Committee in June 2009, is The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

This is a list of potential World Heritage Sites

  • Chatham Naval Dockyard
  • Darwin’s Home and Workplace
  • Lake District
  • Manchester, Trafford and Salford
  • Monkwearmouth/ Jarrow
  • The New Forest
  • Great Western Railway
  • Shakespeare’s Stratford
  • Wash and North Norfolk Coast
  • The Cairngorm Mountains
  • The Flow Country
  • The Forth Rail Bridge
  • Pont-Cysyllte Aqueduct
  • Mount Stewart Gardens
  • Fountains Cavern, Anguilla
  • The Fortress of Gibraltar