The original (2013) Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage nomination was deferred by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (see decision 37 COM 8B.19). The Pimachiowin Aki Corporation worked with WHC advisors to develop a new nomination under new criteria. The nomination Evaluations have been released and are advising the World Heritage Committee to inscribe Pimachiowin Aki on the World Heritage List during its 40th session in Istanbul, Turkey, July 10–20, 2016.
Michael O’Flaherty served as lead author for the cultural material, including the cultural comparative analysis that argues Pimachiowin Aki possesses Outstanding Universal Value required for inscription on the World Heritage List.
Pimachiowin Aki is 33,400 sq.km. of boreal forest and home to five First Nations that, together with the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario, are leading the nomination of the area as a World Heritage Site. The new nomination document, excluding its extensive appendices, is available online at pimachiowinaki.org. The ICOMOS Evaluation (cultural) and the IUCN Evaluation (natural) are provided here as excerpts from their much larger reports, which can be read in full at http://whc.unesco.org/en/sessions/40com/documents/.
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