The UNESCO World Heritage Committee voted to exclude Liverpool from the list of World Heritage Sites due to the loss of characteristics indicating universal value.
“The World Heritage Committee, during its 44th session, which is being held online in Fuzhou, decided to exclude the object “Liverpool-the city of Seafarers and Merchants” (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) from the World Heritage List due to the irreversible loss of characteristics indicating the outstanding universal value of this object, ” the UNESCO communique says.
Liverpool was added to the World Heritage List in 2004 and to the World Heritage in Danger List in 2012 due to concerns about the Liverpool Waters project. “Since then, the implementation of this project, along with other developments, has continued both on the territory of the facility and in its buffer zone. The Committee believes that these structures damage the authenticity and integrity of the object,” the press release says.
UNESCO notes that any exclusion from the World Heritage List is a loss for the international community and for internationally shared values and obligations in accordance with the World Heritage Convention.
After the Elbe Valley near Dresden in Germany and the Arabian Antelope Reserve in Oman, Liverpool became the third object to lose its World Heritage status.