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Year start:
2003
Year end:
2003
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27COM(2003)
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The World Heritage Committee,1. In conformity with Rule 8 (Observers) of the Rules of Procedure of the Committee,2. Accepts the presence of the following international governmental organizations (IGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals, who have requested Observer participation at the session:Mr Julian Laird, Earthwatch Institute, Europe; Ms Maria Isabel Correa Kanan, IPHAN, Brazil; Ms Jessica Douglas-Home and Mr Georges Zouain, The Mihai Emisecu Trust, U.K.;Mr Haruhisa Furuta and Mrs Mami Furuta, The Setouchi ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee,1. Adopts the agenda as proposed in document WHC-03/27.COM/2 Prov.2;2. Noting that the 6th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee adopted a decision on item 14A (Nominations to be examined in 2004 and 2005) (see Decision 6 EXT.COM 7),  3. Further noting that following Decision 26 COM 26, item 21 (Provisional agenda of the 28th session of the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee (April 2004)) is no longer applicable,4. Decides to take note of the following documents: WHC-03/27.COM/15 (Ways and Means to reinforce the implementation of the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Recalling the changes in circumstances which have resulted in the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2003 taking place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, rather than in Suzhou, China,2. Noting that in view of the above, the transitional provisions relating to the election of the Bureau found in Decision 6 EXT.COM 3, can no longer be applied,3. Decides to elect, on an exceptional basis, a Bureau with the following composition: a) Ms Vera Lacoeuilhe (Saint Lucia) as Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee for the duration of the 27th session of ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee,1. Notes with appreciation the Report of the Rapporteur on the 6th extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee in 2003;2. Requests the World Heritage Centre, in order to facilitate the implementation of its decisions and to better plan and manage its workload during future sessions, to prepare a "Directory of Decisions by deadline" according to the model as proposed by the Rapporteur attached as an aAnnexx XX in to the Summary Record (WHC-03/27.COM/INF.24);3. Further requests the World Heritage Centre in order to ensure an institutional ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Taking note of the Report of the Secretariat as presented in document WHC-03/27.COM/5,2. Recalling the need for the Committee to be kept informed on the implementation of its decisions,  3. Invites the Secretariat to present to the Committee, at each of its ordinary ordinary sessions, a "Report on the Implementation of the Decisions taken by the World Heritage Committee". This Report will replace the Secretariat Report.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having taken note of the information concerning the threats to the archaeological property of Tell Rumeida, in the Palestinian Territories,2. Requests the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to carry out a mission to the property to examine its state of conservation at the earliest possible time, within the scope of Decision 26 COM 6.1 concerning the protection of the cultural heritage in the Palestinian Territories, and submit a report to the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session in 2004;3. Appeals to all concerned parties to ensure that ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee,1. Expresses its sincere appreciation to the Asia-Pacific States Parties, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for their collaboration over the past 6 years that led to the successful preparation of the comprehensive "Synthesis Regional Periodic Report for the Asia-Pacific Region 2003";2. Takes note of the sub-regional and regional recommendations and action plans proposed in the "Synthesis Regional Periodic Report for the Asia-Pacific Region 2003", which were elaborated by the States Parties together with the World Heritage ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Requests the World Heritage Centre to produce a publication within three months, if possible, to be funded from extrabudgetary funds, on the Arab States Periodic Report carried out in the year 2000 and information on the follow-up actions.  This publication is also to be made available through electronic or other appropriate means (CD-Rom and/or on the UNESCO World Heritage Centre's web site); 2. Notes the progress made to date in the preparation for the Periodic Reporting in Latin America and the Caribbean and in Europe and North ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Reiterates its serious concern for the state of conservation of this property and the need for increased international support and co-operation, including that between the Central African Republic, Chad and Sudan; 2. Requests that the State Party take all necessary measures to halt mining along the Manovo River in order to minimize negative impacts of mining on the integrity of the Park and confirm in writing the outcome of the measures taken; 3. Recommends that IUCN and the World Heritage Centre, in co-operation with the State Party, urgently undertake a ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park
Country: Central African Republic
The World Heritage Committee,1. Expresses its serious concerns about the continuing threats of poaching in all properties and encroachments and cattle farming in Virunga; 2. Commends international conservation NGOs, the UNESCO/DRC/UNF (United Nations Foundation) Project and the Governments of Germany and Belgium for their commitment to support staff of the properties and to mobilize necessary financial and human resources needed to mitigate threats to the integrity of the five properties; 3. Invites the new National Unity Government of the State Party to commit itself to protecting the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Garamba National Park Kahuzi-Biega National Park Okapi Wildlife Reserve Salonga National Park Virunga National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Commends the State Party on actions undertaken during the past year to improve the conservation of the Simien National Park World Heritage property; 2. Recommends that the State Party continue implementing the positive measures mentioned in its report until significant on-the-ground conservation improvements are evident; 3. Recommends that IUCN, using expertise from its Species Survival Commission and in co-operation with the State Party, takes measures to verify the increase in the population estimates of Walia Ibex and Simien Fox reported by the State ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Simien National Park
Country: Ethiopia
The World Heritage Committee,1. Expresses concern that the political turmoil in Côte d'Ivoire has led to the suspension of operations of the Mount Nimba ecosystem conservation project in Côte d'Ivoire and has compelled some of the NGO partners to withdraw staff from the area;2. Commends Fauna and Flora International on its commitment to continue co-operation with the Guinean State Party in addressing the refugee crisis and developing a long-term management project;3. Commends the Centre de Gestion de l'Environnement des Monts Nimba (CEGEN) for its important role in promoting ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
Country: Côte d'Ivoire Guinea
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Expresses its serious concerns regarding the lack of clarity on the information received on the vehicles provided with financial assistance from the World Heritage Fund and reported stolen, and reiterates its request from the 26th session of the Committee in 2002, that the State Party report on the above issue and on progress made in the implementation of the rehabilitation plan; 2. Requests IUCN and the World Heritage Centre, in co-operation with the State Party, to undertake a mission to the property and carry out a systematic assessment and to submit a ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
Country: Niger
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Congratulates the State Party and associated partners for their efforts to control Salvinia molesta in a cost effective manner; 2. Notes that savings made in the project funds are being used for strengthening State Party capacity to protect the property and implement measures benefiting the conservation of waterfowl; 3. Requests the State Party to continue co-operating with IUCN, the World Heritage Centre, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat and other relevant partners in carrying out an urgent assessment of the scale and threat of Typha australis and ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Country: Senegal
The World Heritage Committee,1. Noting that IUCN believes that the property's conditions have improved substantially since it was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1999 and that the State Party is showing increased commitment to the conservation of the property,2. Commends the Uganda Wildlife Authority for the improvements to the management of the property and their efforts to protect the property in times of instability;3. Invites the State Party to consider according a greater level of financial support to ensure the minimum level of effective property management, ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Country: Uganda
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Congratulates the State Party for successfully convening a workshop, held in January 2003 to identify indicators and benchmarks in order to monitor the recovery of the property, and for demonstrating strong commitment to the rehabilitation of the Ichkeul National Park;2. Urges the State Party to write to the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee confirming that it will consider the Ichkeul National Park as a water "consumer" and commit to an annual water inflow into the lake of an average of 80 to 120 million cubic metres from the upstream ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Ichkeul National Park
Country: Tunisia
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Commends the Indian Government and partner institutes and research bodies for their efforts in preparing a World Heritage Biodiversity Programme for India with support for project preparation from the United Nations Foundation (UNF); 2. Invites the State Party to submit a report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 on the possible financing and execution of the Programme, including the implementation measures recommended by the 26th session of the Committee and the IUCN mission of early 2002 for the conservation of Manas, for examination by ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Country: India
The World Heritage Committee,1. Notes that the management plan was submitted by the State Party on 25 June 2003;2. Encourages the State Party to request, if necessary, technical assistance from the World Heritage Fund to urgently purchase a portable electric generator to enable rapid closure of the sluice gates in a potential emergency situation; 3. Urges the State Party to submit a calendar of activities for preparing a proposal for a transborder World Heritage area in the Danube Delta in co-operation with other concerned States Parties; 4. Decides to remove Srebarna Nature Reserve from ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Srebarna Nature Reserve
Country: Bulgaria
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Notes the detailed report by the State Party provided on 17 April 2003 and acknowledges the effort and commitment by the State Party in addressing key management problems;2. Invites the State Party to co-operate with the World Heritage Centre and IUCN to prepare a report by 1 February 2004 for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session in 2004, describing the steps the State Party intends to take to develop and implement action plans and define parameters and conditions to monitor progress in the restoration of the property, with a ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Everglades National Park
Country: United States of America
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Notes the detailed report by the State Party provided on 17 April 2003;2. Urges the State Party to continue to report on Yellowstone's snowmobile phase-out and other efforts to ensure that winter travel facilities respect the protection of the Park, its visitors, and its wildlife; 3. Recommends that the State Party continue its efforts in ensuring that the Mclaren Mine tailings are not contaminating the property; 4. Recognizes the progress made in addressing all the key issues that led to the inclusion of the property on the List of World Heritage in ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Yellowstone National Park
Country: United States of America
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Expresses satisfaction with the progress made by the IUCN/UNESCO/United Nations Foundation (UNF) Project "Enhancing Our Heritage" (EOH); 2. Commends the State Party for its co-operation on this project and urges the State Party to continue this collaboration in order to improve protection of the property; 3. Recommends that the State Party work closely with the coordinator of the project "Enhancing Our Heritage" and Fundacion Natura in order to seek appropriate funding for the revision of the management plan as a priority, and for the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Sangay National Park
Country: Ecuador
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Expresses satisfaction with the work being carried out to assist property management under the "Enhancing our Heritage" (EOH) Project and the Sustainable Tourism and Biodiversity Conservation Project, both financed by the United Nations Foundation (UNF); 2. Commends the State Party for its efforts to continue to improve management of the property; 3. Further commends the State Party for inviting an IUCN/UNESCO mission to the property which is currently taking place, as recommended by the earlier mission in 2000 in order to systematically assess ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
Country: Honduras
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Thanking the Government of Japan for their financial contribution to the restoration of King Behanzin's Palace,2. Requests the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS in co-operation with the State Party to undertake an evaluation mission to the property in view of preparing a report by 1 February 2004 for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session in 2004 on the state of conservation of this property to enable the World Heritage Committee to decide whether or not to remove it from the List of World Heritage in Danger;3. Decides to retain ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Royal Palaces of Abomey
Country: Benin
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Noting the report of the UNESCO mission undertaken in 2002, and the recommendations aimed at safeguarding Timbuktu Old Town and the three mosques inscribed in the List of World Heritage in Danger; 2. Expresses its appreciation to the Italian Government for its support towards the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in Africa; 3. Recalling the ICOMOS evaluation of the nomination dossier in 1987, recommending the inclusion of the Timbuktu Old Town in the World Heritage List; 4. Invites the State Party to implement to the extent possible the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Timbuktu
Country: Mali
The World Heritage Committee,1. Having noted the information provided by the World Heritage Centre following the mission to the property,;2. Strongly encourages the Government of Algeria to take the necessary measures towards the swift implementation of the recommendations contained in the World Heritage Centre's report, and notably:(a) The immediate delimitation of the official perimeter of the World Heritage property and its buffer zone, based on the existing archaeological studies, and the issuing of a temporary decree freezing all constructions within these boundaries,(b)The ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Tipasa
Country: Algeria
The World Heritage Committee,1. Having taken note of the information provided by the World Heritage Centre on the results of the mission to the property,;2. Commends the State Party for the efforts which are made in order to complete the programme for the protection of the area; 3. Stresses, however, that engineering solutions to the groundwater problems might prove not cost-effective and sustainable if the source of the problem is not addressed in a comprehensive and co-ordination effort; 4. Recommends to the State Party to halt the on-going engineering interventions and review Phases II ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Abu Mena
Country: Egypt
The World Heritage Committee,1. Commends the Oman authorities for the progress achieved in the preparation of the management plan and for having re-appointed a Chief Site Conservator; 2. Encourages the State Party to continue supporting the elaboration of the management plan, as well as the development of national capacity towards the establishment of a permanent management structure that will be responsible for the daily implementation of the Plan; 3. Invites the State Party to hold the first of the two workshops foreseen for the reviewing and development of the management plan, and to ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Bahla Fort
Country: Oman
The World Heritage Committee,1. Noting that, despite the commitment and support of the Government, progress has been very slow in addressing the threats that had justified the inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger,;2. Urges the Government of Yemen to take immediate measures towards the enforcement of the ban on new constructions within the Old City decided in 2001, and the strengthening of the local bodies in charge of the conservation of the property, including the local General Organization for the Preservation of the Historic Cities of Yemen (GOPHCY) Unit, ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Town of Zabid
Country: Yemen
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined the state of conservation report of the Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam,; 2. Notes with concern the instability of the leaning Minaret, continued illicit on-site excavation and lack of management mechanism;  3. Expresses appreciation to the Governments of Greece, Italy and Switzerland for their generous contributions for the protection of the property; 4. Requests the State Party and UNESCO to continue to co-operate closely to enhance the protection, conservation and management of the property to prevent looting on-site and to ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam
Country: Afghanistan
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Commends the Government of Cambodia and particularly the Authority for the Protection of the Site and Development of the Region of Angkor (APSARA) for submitting a detailed report to the Committee on the major conservation activities carried out at the property with the generous technical and financial contributions from Japan, France, Italy, Germany, United States of America, Switzerland, China, Indonesia, Hungary, India and private groups and foundations such as ACCOR and the World Monument Fund; 2. Encourages APSARA to:(a) Continue the implementation of ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Angkor
Country: Cambodia
The World Heritage Committee,1. Having noted the information provided by the World Heritage Centre further to its mission to the property,;2. Commends the State Party, particularly the Karnataka State Government, for the tangible action taken to implement the corrective measures to protect the World Heritage property;3. Congratulates the State Party for the decision to postpone the completion of the vehicular bridge until the by-pass road is constructed and to consider the vehicular bridge to be temporary, pending the identification of a long-term solution within the Hampi management ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Group of Monuments at Hampi
Country: India
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Expresses appreciation to the State Party for submitting the revised work plan and budget breakdown for the Shalamar Gardens International Assistance request; 2. Requests the Advisory Bodies and the World Heritage Centre to assist the authorities in implementing this International Assistance request; 3. Requests the State Party to examine the heritage values of Shalamar Gardens and Lahore Fort to redefine the core, buffer and support zones of these two properties;4. Takes note with satisfaction, of the on-going positive co-operation between the Department ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore
Country: Pakistan
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined the state of conservation of the property; 2. Recommends that the State Party considers ways and means to enable the Ifugao Rice Terraces and Cultural Heritage Office (IRTCHO) to raise and use funds other than the subsidies provided by the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA), and increase stakeholder involvement in its work; 3. Requests UNESCO, the Advisory Bodies and other international partners to support and strengthen the international co-operation activities with the competent national and local authorities by mobilising ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
Country: Philippines
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Expresses its appreciation to the Albanian authorities for the progress made with the legal protection of and the institutional arrangements for the World Heritage property; 2. Recalls that a mission is foreseen to the property in October 2003 in order to assess if the property can be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger; 3. Requests that a report, taking into account all issues which led to the inscription of the property in the List of World Heritage in Danger, be submitted to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 for examination ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Butrint
Country: Albania
The World Heritage Committee,1. Acknowledges the results of the international UNESCO/ICOMOS mission to the property providing updated information;2. Notes that the threats for which the property was included on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1979, namely the partial destruction due to an earthquake, have been mitigated through professional restoration;3. Expresses its concern about the risks that excessive and uncontrolled urbanisation have on the exceptional universal value of the property;4. Requests the State Party to take into account the specific recommendations from the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor
Country: Serbia
The World Heritage Committee,1. Taking note of the measures and the studies undertaken by the State Party to protect the property,;2. Commending the State Party for the efforts made to monitor the water level;3. Urges the State Party to adopt the draft legislation foreseen;4. Strongly recommends that the State Party defines the limits of the property in order to avoid further encroachment;5. Recommends that the State Party reviews the system of water canalisation, water distribution and considers requesting international assistance under the World Heritage Fund to identify the appropriate ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
Country: Peru
The World Heritage Committee, 1.         Requests the UNESCO Secretariat to present a report on the state of conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session in 2004.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls
The World Heritage Committee [15], 1. Notes that over the past few years, the State Party, through its Galápagos National Park Service, and the Charles Darwin Foundation have undertaken new and expanded responsibilities in the areas of marine conservation and the control of introduced species;2. Welcomes the efforts by the State Party to support the ongoing strengthening of the Special Law for Galáapagos;3. Commends the authorities for pursuing programme development in areas critical to the conservation of this property, including the establishment of a Galápagos quarantine system;4. ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Galápagos Islands
Country: Ecuador
The World Heritage Committee [30],1. Expresses its appreciation to the State Party for favourably considering the recommendations of the joint international urban planning expert and ICOMOS mission of July 2002; 2. Notes with appreciation that a compromise solution is being elaborated between the national and local authorities to reduce the height of the commercial complex to minimize the negative impact of this high rise building to the World Heritage property;3. Requests the authorities of Iran to continue their efforts to ensure the conservation of the authentic setting and integrity ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Meidan Emam, Esfahan
Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee [57], 1. Having taken note of the November 2002 ICOMOS mission findings and recommendations,; 2. Commends the authorities for their efforts to increase the protection and conservation of the property; 3. Notes with appreciation that a seminar on the recovery of the property was organized under the auspices of UNESCO and of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO);4. Strongly supports the current initiative to co-ordinate and manage the conservation process through the design and implementation of a comprehensive Master Plan that includes management ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco
Country: Mexico
The World Heritage Committee [59],1. Takes note of the willingness of the State Party to undertake the actions requested by the Committee over the last years; 2. Invites the State Party to finalize as soon as possible the Master Plan as well as the urban planning and feasibility studies;3. Requests an intermediary progress report to be submitted to the Chairperson of the Committee by 1 October 2003, and, if deemed necessary, that a UNESCO/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission take place;4. Requests the State Party to submit a detailed progress report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Chavin (Archaeological Site)
Country: Peru
The World Heritage Committee [1],1. Recalling that requests have been made by the Committee and its Bureau to the State Party to take urgent actions to stop illegal poaching in the Reserve and to implement the recommendations of the Sangmelima workshop ("Participative Management and Sustainable Development", 23 - 26 March, 1998, organised by World Heritage Centre),; 2. Noting that the State Party has renewed efforts to improve the management of Dja Faunal Reserve by drafting a management plan,;3. Welcomes the actions being undertaken by the State Party to implement the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Dja Faunal Reserve
Country: Cameroon
The World Heritage Committee,1. Recalling decision 26 COM 21 (b) 6 taken during the 26th session of the World Heritage Committee, requesting the State Party to provide a detailed report on the situation with regard to poaching of wildlife at the property, and encouraging the State Party to invite a mission to Taï National Park to evaluate the state of conservation of the property and to inform the Committee on whether or not it should be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger,;2. Takes note of the recent report submitted by the State Party to the World Heritage Centre informing ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Taï National Park
Country: Côte d'Ivoire
The World Heritage Committee,1. Recalling the decision made at its 23rd session in 1999, requesting the State Party to consider inviting a mission to Comoé National Park during 2000 to review threats to the integrity of the property and plan appropriate emergency rehabilitation measures and to submit a detailed state of conservation report to enable the Committee to consider including this property in the List of World Heritage in Danger,;2. Noting the recent report of the State Party to the World Heritage Centre, received 5 May 2003, which highlights that the situation at this property ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Comoé National Park
Country: Côte d'Ivoire
The World Heritage Committee [2],1. Noting the results of the report provided by the UNESCO and IUCN mission to the property and the existing number of positive actions that have been carried out by the State Party to improve the management of the property and the protection of the World Heritage value of the property,;2. Commends the State Party for positive actions undertaken so far for the conservation of the property, particularly in relation to the control of illegal logging, charcoal kilns and marijuana fields; 3. Urges the State Party to clarify jurisdiction arrangements over the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest
Country: Kenya
The World Heritage Committee,1. Notes with concern the proposed construction of the Dyondyonga electricity dam on the Mekrou River, on the border between the Republics of Niger and Benin, within the W National Park World Heritage property in Niger and the proposed World Heritage property in Benin, currently deferred by the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee (April 2002);2. Notes that the proposed construction of a dam, as well as the exploitation of a phosphate mine are a serious potential threat to the integrity of the property;3. Recognises the importance of finding solutions to the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: W-Arly-Pendjari Complex
Country: Niger
The World Heritage Committee [3],1. Taking note of the urgent need to re-establish co-operation and confidence among the stakeholders for the purpose of effective conservation and management of St. Lucia Wetland National Park,; 2. Expresses strong concern regarding the potential impacts that the reported developments and the lack of a comprehensive environmental assessment plan might have on the property;3. Encourages the promotion of the development of new skills such as tourism among local communities for a better management of the property;4. Requests the State Party to provide a ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Country: South Africa
The World Heritage Committee,1. Notes that the road construction from Nouakchott to Nouadhibou has begun;2. Urges the State Party to organize a meeting to define the real impact of this road on the Park and to ensure that the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study complies with internationally recognized standards, in collaboration with interested donors; 3. Notes that oil exploration in the vicinity of the Park is being carried out, with indications that large reserves in the area may be exploited in the near future, causing a potentially serious threat to the marine life of the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Banc d'Arguin National Park
Country: Mauritania
The World Heritage Committee [4],  1. Expresses its thanks for the State Party's prompt invitation of an IUCN/World Heritage Centre mission to the property in response to the Committee decision 26 COM 21(b) 12; 2. Notes that the World Heritage Centre and IUCN are consulting with concerned authorities in Indonesia to establish the Terms of Reference and determine suitable dates for the mission; 3. Requests the World Heritage Centre and IUCN to co-operate with the State Party to organize the mission as soon as possible in 2003 and submit a detailed report in order that the World Heritage ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Lorentz National Park
Country: Indonesia
The World Heritage Committee [5],1. Expresses its serious concerns over the failure to carry out the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the lack of consultations with the World Heritage Centre or IUCN in the design and implementation of the Kasra Bridge Project and the link road from Durbhagat to Bankatta, despite the protests of the national authority responsible for the property, namely the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation;2. Requests that the Director of the World Heritage Centre write to the highest officials of the concerned bi- and multilateral funding ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Chitwan National Park
Country: Nepal
The World Heritage Committee [6],1. Commends the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) for establishing the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme (TRPAP) that will address various aspects of the Park and tourism management and provide benefits to local communities;2. Invites the State Party to continue the implementation of priority management needs identified under the Sagarmatha National Park Management Strategy Framework developed in 2000 while the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Sagarmatha National Park
Country: Nepal
The World Heritage Committee [7], 1. Commends the State Party for actions taken to stop illegal fishing in the property while noting the need to ensure the full enforcement of the law in accordance with the World Heritage and National Park status of the property;  1. Requests the State Party to submit a report to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2004, on the illegal fishing activities in the Sulu Sea and to prepare an analysis of its impact on the conservation of World Heritage in that ecosystem in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Country: Philippines
The World Heritage Committee,1. Requests IUCN and the World Heritage Centre to gather and assess information on the state of conservation of East Rennell (Solomon Islands) and, if necessary, organize a joint UNESCO-IUCN mission to the property, utilizing expertise from the region to ensure that it is cost-effective;2. Requests IUCN and the World Heritage Centre to determine the state of preparation of the Resource Management Plan for the property, and the draft national World Heritage Protection Bill, as requested by the Committee at the time of inscription of the property on the World ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: East Rennell
Country: Solomon Islands
The World Heritage Committee [8],1. Commends the State Party for continuing various aspects of the management of Ha Long Bay, particularly those pertaining to visitor management in caves and to the World Heritage property;2. Notes with appreciation the State Party's provision of information on the work plan for the environmental management of Ha Long Bay World Heritage property by letter dated 8 April 2003;3. Requests IUCN and the World Heritage Centre to review the information provided and co-operate with the State Party to find ways and means of expediting the implementation of the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Ha Long Bay
Country: Viet Nam
The World Heritage Committee,1. Notes the information provided by both States Parties;2. Encourages UNESCO and IUCN to undertake a monitoring mission to visit the property in 2003 in co-operation with the States Parties to review the state of conservation of the property and possibilities for transboundary management co-operation and to meet with all relevant stakeholders in both Belarus and Poland;3. Requests a report on the mission to be provided in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Białowieża Forest
Country: Belarus Poland
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Recalls its decision to defer the inscription of Pirin National Park on the List of World Heritage in Danger until its 27th session (26 COM 21 (b) 2), with decision on this to be based on an assessment of the State Party's response to the UNESCO / IUCN mission report;2. Regrets that the Bulgarian authorities did not provide the report requested by 1 February 2003 until 29 May 2003;3. Welcomes the State Party's report and notes progress made in preparing the management plan for Pirin National Park, with support provided by the Swiss Government;4. ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Pirin National Park
Country: Bulgaria
The World Heritage Committee [9],1. Acknowledges progress made with the development of a new management plan for the property and the proposed expansion of the property as a long-term process, including consultations with the Deh Cho First Nations; 2. Requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre informed on the development of the new management plan and environmental impact assessment of the proposed mine at Prairie Creek. [9]  Decision adopted without discussion
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Nahanni National Park
Country: Canada
The World Heritage Committee [10],1. Notes the response from the State Party, as requested by the 26th session of the Committee (26 COM 21 (b) 4);2. Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with an update on the situation related to the proposal to build a winter road following the Federal Court of Canada's decision. [1]  Decision adopted without discussion
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Wood Buffalo National Park
Country: Canada
The World Heritage Committee [11], 1. Notes the report provided by the State Party and the positive development of the Constitutional Court ruling related to the adoption, legitimacy and implementation of the Landscape Territorial Plan; 2. Welcomes the State Party's intention to close the pumice quarries;3. Expresses concern about the status of the requests for opening of a new pumice stone quarry and the extension of four existing quarries within the World Heritage property; 4. Requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre and IUCN informed about the developments related ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)
Country: Italy
The World Heritage Committee,1. Recalls the recommendation of the report of the monitoring mission in 2001 to include the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger,2. Regrets that the Russian authorities did not provide the report requested by 1 February 2003 (26 COM 21 (b) 19) until 20 May 2003;3. Further regrets that the high-level meeting called for by the Committee (26 COM 21(b) 19) did not take place, and reiterates its request to the State Party to convene this meeting in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and IUCN and calls on it to do so as soon as possible;4. ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Lake Baikal
Country: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Welcomes the State Party's co-operation with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) in an effort to conserve and protect the Volcanoes of Kamchatka World Heritage property; 2. Commends the State Party for beginning to implement Phase I of the project;3. Regrets that the Russian authorities did not provide the report requested by 1 February 2003 (26 COM 21 (b) 20) until 20 May 2003;4. Welcomes the invitation by the State Party for an IUCN and UNESCO mission to visit the property in spring 2004, to provide a report ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Volcanoes of Kamchatka
Country: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee [12], 1. Notes the results of the UNESCO/IUCN mission to Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast (United Kingdom);2. Acknowledges the additional comments by the authorities on the mission report; 3. Commends the State Party for preparing "The Causeway Coast Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) management plan" as well as for the proposal to develop the World Heritage Property Management Plan by February 2004;4. Encourages the State Party to work towards a consistent plan in co-operation with all relevant stakeholders;5. Requests the submission to the World ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee [13],1. Recalls that the State Party was to implement, as a matter of urgency, the 1995 Management Plan for this property, with provision for its on-going improvement (based on input received and lessons learnt);2. Requests the State Party to provide a copy of the management plan to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004. [13]  Decision adopted following written amendments proposed by the State ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Henderson Island
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee,1. Recalls its request for a UNESCO/IUCN joint mission to prepare a status report on the property in time for its 27th session in 2003 (25 COM VIII.5);2. Regrets that the Brazilian authorities did not invite the mission prior to its 27th session;3. Encourages the State Party of Brazil to co-operate with the State Party of Argentina towards the joint management of the two World Heritage properties;4. Welcomes the invitation by the State Party for a UNESCO/IUCN joint mission in time to provide a report taking into account all issues in order that the World ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Iguaçu National Park
Country: Brazil
Le Comité du patrimoine mondial [14], 1. Demande à l'Etat partie du Panama de rendre compte au Centre du patrimoine mondial et à l'UICN d'ici le 1er février 2004 des mesures prises en ce qui concerne la déforestation illégale et la proposition de construction d'une route afin que le Comité du patrimoine mondial puisse examiner l'état de conservation du bien à sa 28e session, en 2004. [14] Décision adoptée sans discussion
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park
Country: Costa Rica Panama
The World Heritage Committee [16],1. Noting that the State Party has removed the moratorium on construction within the property, and that this action is in accordance with the newly adopted management plan for the property, strictly limiting the total number of hotel rooms to be built in the reserve,   2. Invites the State Party to ensure strict adherence to the management plan and to carry out systematic environmental monitoring to detect and, if necessary, remedy any possible negative effects on the ecosystem of the property from the development;3. Requests the State Party to provide a ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Sian Ka'an
Country: Mexico
The World Heritage Committee [17],1. Noting the actions undertaken so far by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to improve and assist Bandiagara,;2. Considering the importance to undertake all necessary measures for preventive action to protect a property inscribed on the World Heritage List,;3. Requests the Director-General of UNESCO to bring to the attention of the Director-General of The World Food Programme the severe famine reported in Bandiagara. [17]  Decision adopted without discussion.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons)
Country: Mali
The World Heritage Committee,1. Notes the new information provided by the State Party;2. Urges the State Party to proceed with the appointment of a non-governmental organization (NGO) representative to the Alligator Rivers Region Technical Committee (ARRTC);3. Requests that the State Party provide a report on: (a) progress on compliance with ISO14001, (b) the ARRTC's continuing monitoring and review of water management and other environmental issues at Jabiluka and Ranger, (c) consultation with the Traditional Owners of Kakadu on cultural heritage management and protection.n;The report ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Kakadu National Park
Country: Australia
The World Heritage Committee[18],1. Takes note of the findings and recommendations of the ICOMOS monitoring mission to the World Heritage property of Mount Emei and the Leshan Giant Buddha; 2. Expresses its appreciation to the Chinese authorities for facilitating the ICOMOS mission and for providing further information regarding the tourism development projects in the buffer zone of the property;  3. Requests the State Party to:(a) strengthen the management mechanisms and the effective implementation of existing legal provisions for the protection of the property, including the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee,1. Recalling that the Committee, since 1996, has expressed its serious concerns about the management and planning arrangements of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu,; 2. Recalling that reactive monitoring missions were undertaken in 1997, 1999 and 2002 and that the recommendations of these missions were endorsed by the Committee and transmitted to the Government of Peru for consideration and implementation,; 3. Recalling further that in May 2002, as an exceptional measure, the Chairperson of the Committee addressed letters of concern to the Ministers of ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Country: Peru
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Commends the government of Kenya for its commitment to address the concerns over the physical developments on the Lamu Island and welcomes Kenya's availability to co-operate with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS for a mission to Lamu;2. Requests the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, in cooperation with the State Party to undertake a mission to ascertain the state of conservation of Lamu;3. Further requests the State Party to collaborate with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS in the development of a programme for the rehabilitation of Lamu and to ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Lamu Old Town
Country: Kenya
The World Heritage Committee,1. Noting with concern that several properties in islands of the Indian Ocean have been severely damaged by natural catastrophes,;2. Congratulates the Malgache authorities for their efforts to protect the property from further damage and for having informed the Secretariat of the state of conservation of the property;3. Invites Madagascar to undertake urgent restoration work to preserve the World Heritage value of the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Royal Hill of Ambohimanga
Country: Madagascar
The World Heritage Committee [19],1. Noting with satisfaction the action undertaken by the State Party to protect the property,;2. Invites the State Party, in accordance with Articles 4 and 5 of the World Heritage Convention, to take the necessary administrative measures for an in situ management of the property and to recruit a manager for the property;3. Requests ICOMOS and the World Heritage Centre to organize a mission to the property, in consultation with the national authorities, in order to establish the state of conservation of the property and advise the World Heritage Committee ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Island of Gorée
Country: Senegal
The World Heritage Committee [20],1. Recalling that all possible measures must be taken to protect the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and reaffirming support to the States Parties in their efforts to protect properties,2. Commends the State Party for the proactive initiative of undertaking an on-site investigation to assess the state of conservation of the property in February 2003 and for the subsequent adoption of the Conservation Management Plan by the Robben Island Museum Council;3. Welcomes the World Heritage Centre's efforts in mobilizing extrabudgetary resources from ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Robben Island
Country: South Africa
The World Heritage Committee [21], 1. Having noted the very worrying state of conservation of the Kasbah, and its difficult socio-economic context,;2. Commends the Algerian authorities for having designated the Kasbah as a protected zone under the current Law, which constitutes an important step towards an effective protection of the property;3. Recognizes the urgent need to strengthen capacity of the responsible technical bodies in conservation and appreciates the support from the Italian Government in this respect, 4. Invites the State Party to rapidly proceed, in close consultation ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Kasbah of Algiers
Country: Algeria
The World Heritage Committee [22], 1. Commends, with gratitude, the State Party for halting the implementation of the proposed new road through the Southern sector of Islamic Cairo;  1. Recognizes that this type of recurrent problem should be addressed in a global manner and preventively in the framework of a comprehensive urban conservation plan;3. Encourages the State Party to implement, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre, the recommendations of the International Symposium held in Cairo in February 2002, and particularly to:(a) designate Historic Cairo as a Special Planning ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Cairo
Country: Egypt
The World Heritage Committee [23],1. Commends the State Party for its commitment towards the preservation of the Pyramid Fields, and particularly for having prevented the implementation of the proposed tunnel project;2. Encourages the State Party to provide any information concerning the development of management plans for the property to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004.[23]  Decision adopted without discussion.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
Country: Egypt
The World Heritage Committee [24],1. Congratulates the State Party, as well as the Ministry of Culture of Quebec, for the considerable efforts made towards the improvement of the property and its better presentation;   2. Invites the State Party to consider integrating a component for the conservation and interpretation of the archaeological sector of Byblos within the scope of the World Bank Project; 3. Recommends the Lebanese authorities to discard proposals to further extend the jetty of the port and to postpone the project for a promenade around the archaeological property until ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Byblos
Country: Lebanon
The World Heritage Committee [25],1. Congratulates the State Party, as well as the Japanese Government and the World Bank, for the efforts undertaken for the safeguard of Tyre;2. Invites the State Party to strengthen the Urban Master Plan for the city, taking into account the recommendations of the World Heritage Centre and those elaborated under the Franco-Lebanese Centre de Recherches Européennes (CEDRE) Programme for the protection of the underwater heritage;3. Requests the State Party to halt the construction work of the Institute for Islamic Research on the south side of the Old City ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Tyre
Country: Lebanon
The World Heritage Committee [26],1. Congratulates the State Party for the efforts undertaken for the safeguarding of the exceptional values of the ancient cities, through the integration of the Pilot Project "Safeguarding and Development of the Mauritanian World Heritage Cities" into the Project for the Safeguarding and Promotion of the Mauritanian Cultural Heritage (PSVPCM);2. Calls upon the international community to support the commitment of the Mauritanian authorities in setting up the necessary reforms to ensure the continuity of the Pilot Project activities;   3. Encourages the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata
Country: Mauritania
The World Heritage Committee,1. Having taken note of the report submitted by the State Party in March 2003, concerning the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report dated August 2000,;2. Expresses its concern regarding the information on the state of abandon of the property, the increase of offences in the old Ksar and its state of degradation, the lack of legal protection, delay in the establishment of a technical and administrative structure responsible for the property as well as in the elaboration of a management plan for its safeguarding and presentation;3. ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Country: Morocco
The World Heritage Committee [27],1. Having examined the state of conservation of the property, the progress made by the national authorities since the previous session of the World Heritage Committee, the findings and recommendations of the two UNESCO missions in October 2002 and February 2003,;2. Expressing its appreciation to the State Party for having submitted the International Assistance requests to the Committee to enhance conservation and management of the property,;3. Encouraging the State Party, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to maintain efforts to plan and ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur
Country: Bangladesh
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Expressing concern regarding the urban development pressure in Beijing, and the renewal of the historic and traditional urban fabric of the historic city,  2. Requests the State Party to strengthen the legal provision for the protection of the buffer zones of these World Heritage properties; 3. Encourages the Chinese authorities to continue their efforts to protect the urban historic fabric of Beijing surrounding the World Heritage properties of the Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace; 4. Further ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee [28],1. Having examined the state of conservation of this property,; 2. Commends the State Party for its immediate follow-up action in addressing the disaster prevention mechanisms at all the cultural World Heritage properties in China; 3. Requests the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to strengthen co-operation with the State Party to mobilize technical assistance for enhancing preventive conservation mechanisms for timber architectural heritage in China; 4. Requests the State Party to submit a progress report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined the findings and recommendations of the UNESCO-ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring missions which were undertaken to the Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace in close consultation with the Chinese authorities in October 2002 and April 2003; 2. Expresses its appreciation to the Government of China for facilitating the UNESCO-ICOMOS missions; 3. Further encourages the Chinese authorities to develop an articulated strategic programme for the conservation and rehabilitation of the historic fabric of Old Lhasa based upon an analysis of the heritage ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee,1. Having examined the state of conservation of the property for the first time since its inscription on the World Heritage List in 2002,;2. Recalling the concern at the time of inscription regarding the tourism and pilgrimage pressures facing the property,;3. While noting that the absence of a functioning comprehensive management plan has persisted in spite of the Committee's recommendation at the time of inscription of the property for the development of such plan (26 COM 23.16), expresses its appreciation to the State Party for commencing the elaboration of ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya
Country: India
The World Heritage Committee [29], 1. Having examined the state of conservation of this property,; 2. Underscores the importance of reinforcing the legal management and development control mechanisms provided under the existing 5-zone management scheme for the property; 3. Requests the State Party to evaluate and possibly redefine the World Heritage protective boundaries and management guidelines pertaining to Zones 4 and 5 taking into consideration the findings of the recent research which indicate that the mandala form of the main monument is repeated at a larger scale in the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Borobudur Temple Compounds
Country: Indonesia
The World Heritage Committee [31],1. Having examined the state of conservation of the property for the first time since its inscription on the World Heritage List in 1998,;2. Expressing its appreciation to the State Party for examining the potential negative and irreversible impact of the construction of the Keinawa Motorway could have upon the World Heritage value of the property,;3. Encourages the State Party to continue making efforts to ensure the authenticity and integrity of the property; 4. Suggests that the concerned authorities continue their efforts in informing the local ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Country: Japan
The World Heritage Committee [32],1. Recalling Decision 26 COM 21 (b) 54 expressing concern over the growing incidents of violation of the conservation plan of Luang Prabang (PSMV), including public works being carried out by the Urban Development Administrative Authority (UDAA) under the Asian Development Bank for Secondary Cities, undermining the World Heritage value of the Town of Luang Prabang,;2. Reiterating the fragility of these values based on the relationship between the natural and built environment, the traditional urban morphology and the fusion of traditional Lao and French ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Town of Luang Prabang
Country: Lao People's Democratic Republic
The World Heritage Committee [33], 1. Having examined the state of conservation of the property for the first time since its inscription on the World Heritage List in 2001,; 2. Takes notes,, with appreciation, of the continued support provided by the Governments of Japan and Italy to assist the national authorities in the implementation of the activities approved in the Site Management Plan; 3. Emphasizes the importance of adherence to the government-approved management plan for the property, which was included within the nomination file originally submitted to the World Heritage ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape
Country: Lao People's Democratic Republic
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Expresses its appreciation to the State Party for receiving the Second High Level Mission;2. Notes with grave concern that the traditional elements of heritage of six of the seven Monument Zones had been partially or significantly lost since the time of inscription, resulting in a general loss of authenticity and integrity of the property as a whole;3. Notes furthermore with concern that although the responsibleconcerned authorities have made efforts with some positive results, the threat of uncontrolled development has persisted, which continuously ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Kathmandu Valley
Country: Nepal
The World Heritage Committee,1. Recalling decision 26 COM 21(b) 62 taken by the Committee at its 26th session in 2002,;2. Notes with regret that the report on the state of conservation requested by the Committee from the State Party was not received in time for the examination by the Committee at its 27th session in 2003;3. Regrets that the construction of the new Maya Devi Temple has been completed in spite of the grave concerns expressed by the Committee at its 26th session;4. Reiterates its request to the State Party to provide information concerning the management mechanisms which ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha
Country: Nepal
The World Heritage Committee,1. Takes note of the information provided by the State Party and the World Heritage Centre on the state of conservation of the Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple;2. Congratulates the State Party on the decision to withdraw the proposal to build a new structure within the vicinity of the World Heritage property of Seokguram Grotto to ensure the conservation of the authenticity and integrity of the heritage area and in particular, the pristine natural setting of the property.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
Country: Republic of Korea
The World Heritage Committee [34],1. Expresses its appreciation to the State Party, CRATerre (Centre Régional pour l'architecture en terre) and the World Heritage Centre for their continued co-operation to enhance conservation and management of this large property;2. Requests the State Party to strengthen the legal protection and management mechanism to safeguard the extensive property, especially to prevent looting of excavated archaeological areas, particularly necropolises, and to enhance communication among the various international teams working on-site, which ideally should be ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: State Historical and Cultural Park “Ancient Merv”
Country: Turkmenistan
The World Heritage Committee,1. Noting with concern the findings and recommendations of the UNESCO expert following the urgent request of the State Party to assess the state of conservation of the Ak Sarai Palace and other main buildings within Shakhrisyabz,;2. Recalling that at the time of the inscription on the World Heritage List, the State Party had assured the World Heritage Committee on plans to elaborate a comprehensive conservation and management plan to strengthen the conservation process at this property,  3. Recalling further that no international assistance has been made ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz
Country: Uzbekistan
The World Heritage Committee,1. Expressing its appreciation to the Austrian authorities for their strong commitment to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and the considerable efforts in finding a suitable solution in close collaboration with ICOMOS and the World Heritage Centre,;2. Acknowledges the establishment of a management plan for the Historic Centre of Vienna;3. Further acknowledges the decision of the city authorities to revise the design of the "Wien-Mitte" project and to launch an architectural competition on city planning and to amend the relevant building ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Centre of Vienna
Country: Austria
The World Heritage Committee [35],1. Expressing its appreciation to the State Party and the authorities in Salzburg and ICOMOS for their collaboration concerning this project,   2. Requests the State Party and City of Salzburg to further collaborate with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS in the future development and review of the project; 3. Further requests the State Party to provide an up-dated report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004. [35]  ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
Country: Austria
The World Heritage Committee,1. Regrets that it was not informed at the time of inscription in 2000 that an earthquake had just taken place;2. Acknowledging the recent efforts of the national authorities to address the issues of conservation at the property,;3. Welcomes the newly signed Presidential Decree as an important step towards the legal protection and future safeguarding of the property;4. Notes with concern the state of conservation of the property and expresses its deepest concerns over the considerable loss of authenticity due in part to the earthquake in 2000 and to the urban ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower
Country: Azerbaijan
The World Heritage Committee [36],1. Taking note of the report transmitted by the State Party and of the fact that an extension of the World Heritage property in order to better protect the World Heritage area is to be submitted for examination,;2. Congratulates the State Party on the actions undertaken in accordance with the recommendations made by the ICOMOS mission and by the 25th session of the Committee in 2001;3. Requests the State Party to continue working in close consultation with ICOMOS and the World Heritage Centre for the implementation of the rest of the actions foreseen in ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic District of Old Québec
Country: Canada
The World Heritage Committee [37],1. Taking note of the development of the project for the re-establishment of the maritime character of the Mont-Saint-Michel prepared by the State Party,;2. Congratulates the State Partym for their continuing commitment to the protection of the World Heritage property;3. Recommends to the State Party that it takes into account the needs of the residents of the Mont-Saint-Michel in the implementation of the project,4. Requests the World Heritage Centre to continue working with the State Party and to keep the Committee informed. [37] Decision adopted ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
Country: France
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Recalling the decision taken at the 26th session of the Committee in 2002 (26 COM 21 (b) 46), to carry out a mission to the property and for a report to be provided by the State Party,2. Reminds the State Party of its responsibilities as described in Article 6 of the World Heritage Convention to ensure the preservation and conservation of World Heritage properties;3. Urgently requests the World Heritage Centre, the Advisory Bodies and the State Party to work closely together to ensure timely organisation of a joint mission and for a detailed report to be ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historical Monuments of Mtskheta
Country: Georgia
The World Heritage Committee [38],1. Noting the information provided by the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS on the current situation at the property,;2. Recalling paragraph 56 of the Operational Guidelines, inviting States Parties to provide information to the World Heritage Centre in case of major planning decisions affecting a World Heritage property,; 3. Requests the State Party and City of Cologne to collaborate with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS in the review of the building plans;4. Requests the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS to arrange a mission to the property in ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Cologne Cathedral
Country: Germany
The World Heritage Committee [39],1. Expressing its appreciation to the State Party for the report and the decision to change the plans for the projects on the market square,;2. Requests the State Party and the City of Lübeck to collaborate with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS in the development of the plans for the buildings; ;3. Further requests the State Party to provide an updated report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004. [39]  Decision ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Hanseatic City of Lübeck
Country: Germany
1. Expressing its appreciation to the State Party for the information on the Havel Project,;2. Expressing concern regarding the impact of the fire at Glienicke Castle,; 3. Requests the State Party to keep the Committee informed of any future development of the "Havel Waterway Improvement Project" and to provide up-dated information to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004. [40]  Decision adopted without ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
Country: Germany
The World Heritage Committee [41],1. Expresses its appreciation to the State Party for the information provided on the Elbe Waterway Project;2. Expresses concern for the degradation of the natural environment and the buildings of the Garden Kingdom due to the flooding; 3. Requests the State Party to provide information to the World Heritage Centre should the authorities of Saxony-Anhalt take any steps towards continuing the Elbe construction project. 4. Further requests the State Party to provide information to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 on the current conditions and the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
Country: Germany
The World Heritage Committee,1. Regrets that the Greek authorities did not provide the report requested by 1 February 2003 until 2 July 2003;2. Recalls its request (26 COM 21 (b) 49) that the State Party give urgent consideration to a redefinition of the buffer zone in order to better protect the visual setting of the monument;3. Further recalls its request (26 COM 21 (b) 49) that the State Party provide information on any development projects, which may impact on the visual integrity of the World Heritage property and undertake a visual impact study, notably concerning the property of ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Acropolis, Athens
Country: Greece
The World Heritage Committee,1. Regrets that the State Party has not provided the information requested on the municipal waste incinerator in the vicinity of the World Heritage property;2. Recalling paragraph 56 of the Operational Guidelines, inviting States Parties to provide information to the World Heritage Centre in case of major planning decisions affecting a World Heritage property,;3. Urges the State Party to provide the information requested, including an Environmental Impact Assessment at the earliest opportunity; 4. Requests UNESCO and ICOMOS to undertake a mission in ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne
Country: Ireland
The World Heritage Committee,1. Noting the information provided by the Latvian authorities on the construction project within the buffer zone,; 2. Recalls the protective provisions of the World Heritage Convention and its Operational Guidelines;3. Acknowledges the adoption of the Law on the Preservation and Protection of Riga's Historical centre in April 2003; and urges the State Party to implement it;4. Considers that any high-rise development at the waterfront is not appropriate for Riga's flat urban situation, and that currently one construction project is ongoing, and its complete ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Centre of Riga
Country: Latvia
The World Heritage Committee,1. Recalling the decision taken at its 26th session in 2002 (26 COM 21 (b) 57) concerning the Curonian Spit,;2. Further recalling Article 6.3 of the World Heritage Convention, which states that "each State Party to this Convention undertakes not to take any deliberate measures which might damage directly or indirectly the cultural and natural heritage... situated on the territory of other States Parties of this Convention",;3. Urges both State Parties to work co-operatively on the project's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), preparation of ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Curonian Spit
Country: Lithuania Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee,1. Expresses its appreciation to the State Party for its efforts in prolonging the Strategic Programme for the Oświęcim Area; 2. Notes the additional information provided by the Polish authorities on the Programme and other activities at the property;3. Urges the national and local authorities to prepare the management plan in collaboration with UNESCO and ICOMOS;4. Acknowledges with appreciation the financial support provided by the State Party of Israel; 5. Requests an updated report to be provided by the State Party of Poland to the World Heritage Centre by ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Auschwitz Birkenau
German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)

Country: Poland
The World Heritage Committee [42],1. Taking note of the report on the state of conservation of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra provided by the State Party,;2. Notes that progress has been achieved in view of some recommendations made in 2000, including the restoration works on the Quinta da Regaleira; 3. Further notes that several elements of the World Heritage property are in serious condition;4. Recalls its request for a detailed management plan for the property which should have been submitted by 31 December 2001; 5. Urges the State Party to submit the management plan to the World ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Cultural Landscape of Sintra
Country: Portugal
The World Heritage Committee,1. Congratulating the State Party on the decision to relocate the proposed theme park,;2. Takes note of the progress made with regard to restoration projects and protection measures and the intention to request technical assistance under the World Heritage Fund in order to enhance the state of conservation of the property; 3. Requests the State Party to comply as soon as possible with the additional recommendations made by the international mission and the decision by the 26th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2002 (26 COM 21 (b) 67), i.e. to prepare ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Centre of Sighişoara
Country: Romania
The World Heritage Committee [43],1. Recalling its decisions taken at the 25th extraordinary session of the Bureau in 2001 (Helsinki),;2. Expresses its appreciation to the authorities of the State Party for their commitment to the preservation of the property;3. Takes note of the report and recommendations provided by the International Workshop with regard to the future conservation of this property under threat; 4. Encourages the State Party, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to continue to collaborate and to closely follow the future development of the conservation ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Kizhi Pogost
Country: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee [44],1. Expressing its appreciation to the State Party for the report on the overall conservation of the property,2. Requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS informed of any future projects, which may have an impact on the property and to provide a report to the World Heritage Centre on traffic and conservation issues at the property, by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004. [44]  Decision adopted without ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Levoča, Spišský Hrad and the Associated Cultural Monuments
Country: Slovakia
The World Heritage Committee [45],1. Taking note that the Spanish authorities have not provided any official information concerning the current state of the constructions plans for the Auditorium,;2. Recalling that the walled garden of the Adoratrices is an integral part of the protected core area of the property ‘Old City of Salamanca',;3. Recalling further that when inscribing the property in 1988, the Committee requested the Spanish authorities to take all possible steps to ensure that the laws concerning the protection of the town be strictly applied,; 4. Recalling finally its ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Old City of Salamanca
Country: Spain
The World Heritage Committee [46], 1. Acknowledging the information received from the State Party in 2002,; 2. Expresses concern about the dam project and its effects on the World Heritage property of the Route of Santiago de Compostela; 3. Requests the State Party to provide a report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004. [46]  Decision adopted without discussion.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain
Country: Spain
The World Heritage Committee,  1. Acknowledging that the Spanish authorities have provided, as requested by the World Heritage Centre, information concerning the current state of the construction plan for the Plaza Santa Teresa,;2. Recalling that the Plaza Santa Teresa has been included in the nomination file as part of the protected area of the property ‘Old Town of Avila', being the buffer zone between the Puerta del Alcazar and the Church of San Pedro,; 3. Recalling also that when inscribing the property in 1985, the extra-muros Church of San Pedro was included in the listed area, as ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches
Country: Spain
The World Heritage Committee,1. Expresses its appreciation to the State Party for submitting the draft zoning of the Historic Peninsula of Istanbul to the World Heritage Centre for comments;2. Recalling the repeated concerns expressed by the World Heritage Committee over the delay in the approval of a new urban conservation plan since the abrogation of the previous plan in 1997, and the deterioration of the Ottoman epoch timber buildings in Zeyrek,;3. Further recalling concerns over the impact of the construction of the subway system on the archaeological deposits in the historic ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Areas of Istanbul
Country: Turkey
The World Heritage Committee,1. Expresses its appreciation to the State PartyUkraine authorities for their rapid response to the threats and the programme of action adopted for the property;2. Acknowledging the progress made with legal protection of the property through a presidential decree,;3. Expresses, however, its serious concern for the preservation of the property and in particular for the conservation of the Cathedral and the Belfry;4. Requests the State Party to provide a detailed technical report to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2004 on the research and on planned or ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
Country: Ukraine
The World Heritage Committee [47], 1. Expresses its appreciation to the national authorities as well as the local authorities for their prompt and brave action undertaken during the blaze and immediately after;2. Takes note of the actions taken by the Edinburgh City Council and Historic Scotland in close co-operation to develop a remedial action plan for the area;   3. Takes note that involved stakeholders are studying a conservation plan for the property and that any re-development of the area affected will take full account of the character and medieval pattern of this part of the World ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Old and New Towns of Edinburgh
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee [48],1. Taking note of the changes made to the construction technique for the tunnel,;2. Welcomes the State Party's decision to construct a bored tunnel, which is less damaging for the Stonehenge, Avebury  and Associated Sites  World Heritage property than a cut-and-cover tunnel;3. Noting that the Environmental Impact Assessment of the road improvements to the A303 are available on the web site www.highways.gsi.gov.uk ,4. Requests the State Party to provide a progress report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 in order that the World Heritage ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee [49],1. Taking note of the report provided by the State Party on the building project that could have a negative impact on the World Heritage property,;2. Notes the actions foreseen by the State Party to undertake an in-depth study on the possible impact of such project;3. Recommends to the State Party to avoid any construction in the immediate vicinity of the property that could harm the setting and integrity of the property;4. Requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 a report on this matter for examination by the in ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Tower of London
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee [50], 1. Takes note of and welcomes the initiative to implement a sub-regional capacity- building programme for the conservation, management and sustainable development of the Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis (2003to 2005);2. Welcomes the co-operation established to this effect between UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund; 3. Requests the World Heritage Centre to provide information on the implementation and results of the programme [50]  Decision adopted without discussion.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil)
Country: Argentina Brazil Paraguay
The World Heritage Committee [51],1. Takes note of the report transmitted by the State Party; 2. Commends the Brazilian authorities for their commitment towards the preservation of this modern city in development, which could set standards for similar properties around the world; 3. Encourages the further development and implementation of the Master Plan and the continued involvement of all relevant levels of authority, professional organizations and different sectors of society in the ongoing process of protection and management of the city; 4. Requests that the State Party submit a ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Brasilia
Country: Brazil
The World Heritage Committee,1. Taking note of the report transmitted by the State Party,;2. Commending the Brazilian authorities for their concerted effort in restoring the damage caused by the floods,; 3. Recognizing the need for integrated urban and environmental protection of the city centre of Goias to mitigate future impact of heavy rains,; 4. Requests, however, more detailed information, in particular concerning the construction of the road; 5. Further requests that a monitoring mission be carried out by ICOMOS to assess results of the restoration works carried out and impact of ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás
Country: Brazil
The World Heritage Committee [52],1. Commends the State Party for having requested a monitoring mission;2. Expresses concern for the damage caused by the 15 April 2003 fire, which destroyed an 18th century building in the historical centre of Ouro Preto;3. Urges the State Party to take risk-preparedness measures and to include them in the management plan of the property;4. Urges the State Party to define a core zone and a buffer zone for the nominated area by 15 October 2003 and to finalize the revised management plan;5. Requests the State Party to submit a report to the World Heritage ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Town of Ouro Preto
Country: Brazil
The World Heritage Committee [53],1. Strongly recommends that the State Party define and implement a detailed restoration plan for the Churches included on the World Heritage List;2. Requests the State Party to submit a detailed report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 on the work carried out in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004. [53]  Decision adopted without discussion.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Churches of Chiloé
Country: Chile
The World Heritage Committee,1. Taking note of the report provided by the State Party,; 2. Recognizing the need to provide for proper on-site visitor facilities, such as public bathrooms,;3. Recalling, however, paragraph 56 of the Operational Guidelines, which states that "the World Heritage Committee invites the State Parties to the Convention [...] to inform the Committee, through the UNESCO Secretariat, of their intention to undertake or to authorize in an area protected under the Convention major restorations or new constructions which may affect the World Heritage value of the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena
Country: Colombia
The World Heritage Committee [54], 1. Takes note of the report transmitted by the State Party;2. Regrets that the restoration and enlargement works have been nearly completed without a proper environmental assessment being executed on the impact of these works on the historic setting and fabric of the World Heritage property; 3. Strongly recommends a closer institutional coordination between the different governmental departments approving and supervising restoration and reconstruction works in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo; 4. Encourages the adoption and strong enforcement of the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Colonial City of Santo Domingo
Country: Dominican Republic
The World Heritage Committee [55], 1. Takes note of the finalization of the management plan;2. Congratulates the State Party for its concerted efforts in completing the Plan;3. and Expresses its appreciation to the Getty Conservation Institute for its important contribution in this field;4. Recognizes, because of the vulnerable nature of the property, the need to reinforce the property as a research laboratory in archaeology and conservation, that can also be useful for the sub-region;5. Invites the State Party to reinforce the on-site staff and to set up a coordination committee with the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site
Country: El Salvador
The World Heritage Committee,1. Expressing concern about the foreseen construction of a commercial complex as well as about the new interventions already carried out, which seem to be incompatible with the Antigua Guatemala's heritage protection law,;2. Recommends that a reactive monitoring mission be carried out as soon as possible to assess the possible damages following the interventions on the Cathedral and on the Church of La Compañia de Jesús, as well as the impact of the proposed commercial complex;3. Urges the State Party to finalize the reformulation of the La Antigua's heritage ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Antigua Guatemala
Country: Guatemala
The World Heritage Committee [56],1. Takes note of the February 2003 joint UNESCO-ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission's findings and recommendations; 2. Expresses its appreciation to the State Party for inviting the joint UNESCO-ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission to examine the impact of proposed development of the airstrip at the archaeological property of Copán and possible alternatives; 3. Invites the State Party to discard plans for extension of the airstrip at Copán Ruins and follow the recommendations made by the mission; 4. Requests that the State Party submit to the World Heritage ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Maya Site of Copan
Country: Honduras
The World Heritage Committee,1. Taking note of the information provided,;2. Noting with regret the demolition of three houses,;3. Encourages the State Party to enhance the participation of local organisations and associations in finalising the Integral Plan for the Rehabiliation of the Historic Centre of Puebla and, to ensure that full respect of the urban and architectural heritage of the historic centre, and further encourages the State Party to remain vigilant with regard to the content and objectives of the Plan;4. Commends the establishment of a working group involving the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Centre of Puebla
Country: Mexico
The World Heritage Committee [58], 1. Noting the lack of information provided by the State Party,; 2. Thanking American Express for its grant awarded for the design and construction of an emergency roof and drainage restoration project at San Lorenzo,; 3. Requests that the State Party submit a progress report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 on the design and further measures taken for the conservation of the property in order that World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004. [58]  Decision adopted without ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo
Country: Panama
The World Heritage Committee [60], 1. Takes note of the measures undertaken by the municipality to revise the draft Master Plan for the City of Cuzco;2. Commends the State Party for its decision to cancel the construction of the parking;3. Urges the State Party to finalize the Master Plan for the city of Cuzco;4. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 a progress report in order that World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of the property at its 28th session in 2004. [60]  Decision adopted without ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: City of Cuzco
Country: Peru
The World Heritage Committee,1. Takes note of the additional information provided by ICOMOS;2. Strongly urges the State Party to take into consideration the recommendations made by the July 2002 meeting on the rehabilitation of the Historic Centre of Lima;3. Urges the State Party to revise its management plan for the Historic Centre;4. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 a detailed report on the revision and implementation of the management plan of the property in order that World Heritage Committee can examine the state of conservation of ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Centre of Lima
Country: Peru
The World Heritage Committee [61],1. Shares the ICOMOS recommendations and congratulates the State Party on the progress being made in the implementation of the Master Plan for the Historical Centre of Arequipa;2. Recommends to the responsible authorities the incorporation of a risk-preparedness plan into the Master Plan in view of the frequent seismic activity in this region. [61]  Decision adopted without discussion.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa
Country: Peru
The World Heritage Committee [62],1. Takes note of the recommendations of the ICOMOS mission and the response submitted by the State Party;2. Invites the State Party to proceed with the revision of the hotel-casino project in accordance with the recommendations of the ICOMOS expert mission and to further consult the World Heritage Committee and ICOMOS on this matter;3. Encourages the State Party to urgently initiate the preparation of a master and management plan for the area inscribed on the World Heritage List with the participation of all relevant institutions as well as with the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento
Country: Uruguay
The World Heritage Committee,1. Takes note of the report of the UNESCO/ICOMOS mission; 2. Expresses its serious concerns about the lack of adequate management, planning and conservation mechanisms for the property;3. Urges the State Party to consider and implement the recommendations of the UNESCO/ICOMOS mission and requests the State Party to submit a progress report on this matter by 15 October 2003;4. Authorizes the Chairperson of the Committee to consider the State Party's progress report and to approve, if deemed necessary, a second UNESCO/ICOMOS mission that should prepare a report ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Coro and its Port
Country: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee,1. Takes note of the report on the state of conservation of Ouadi Qadisha presented by the World Heritage Centre;2. Invites the State Party to establish, in close consultation with the World Heritage Centre, an appropriate legal framework for the protection of the property, designating the World Heritage property of the Ouadi Qadisha as a National Reserve, and to develop a detailed management plan;3. Invites the State Party to establish a co-ordination mechanism involving all the parties concerned in the elaboration and implementation of the management plan of ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab)
Country: Lebanon
The World Heritage Committee,1. Takes note of the report presented by the Secretariat concerning the construction of a concrete slab, covering the Oued Boukhrareb, within the Medina of Fez, and negatively impacting on the World Heritage property;2. Requests the State Party to re-establish the integrity of the property by demolishing this new structure, constructed against the advice of the competent authority;3. Invites the State Party to submit a report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2004 on progress on this matter in order that the World Heritage Committee can examine the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Medina of Fez
Country: Morocco
The World Heritage Committee,1. Expresses grave concern concerning the report on the large-scale tourism development plan in the immediate vicinity of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort World Heritage properties, which may irreversibly and negatively impact upon the World Heritage value of the two properties, as well as the heritage values of the related properties in the Agra and Yamuna River areas;2. Takes note of the information from the State Party concerning the measures taken to halt the landfill work, pending the decision of the Supreme Court which is examining this development project;3. ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Agra Fort Fatehpur Sikri Taj Mahal
Country: India
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Requests the Secretariat in consultation with the Advisory Bodies, to ensure that all properties included in the future state of conservation documents, are treated in compliance with the procedures set out in the Operational Guidelines for the implementation of World Heritage Convention for reactive monitoring (paragraph 68, July 2002);  2. Requests that reports of missions to review the state of conservation of World Heritage properties include, as appropriate: (a) an indication of threats or significant improvement in the conservation of the property ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Noting with concern, during the examination of the state of conservation of the properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, the multiplication of inappropriate pastiche buildings which falsify history, 2. Invites, in consequence, the States Parties to encourage a contemporary architecture of quality, respectful of the past, which integrates harmoniously with its environment.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee,1. Requests the Secretariat and ICOMOS to organize a symposium on high-rise constructions and contemporary architecture in World Heritage historic cities: the criteria for regulation and management;2. Requests the Secretariat and ICOMOS to provide a proposal on publishing the outcome of the symposium, for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 28th session in 2004.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee,1. Recalling that Article 11 of the World Heritage Convention requests that States Parties submit Tentative Lists of properties "forming part of the cultural and natural heritage, situated in its territory and suitable for inclusion in the list;",2. Takes note of the Tentative Lists presented in Annex II of document WHC-03/27.COM/8A;3. Decides to include on the agenda for the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2004, an item concerning the improved use of Tentative Lists;4. Requests that the World Heritage Centre, for future Committee ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee,1. Following examination of state of conservation reports of properties on the World Heritage List  (WHC-03/27.COM/7B) and of proposals for inscription of properties on the World Heritage List (WHC-03/27.COM/8C),;2. Decides to inscribe the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger:Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan (27 COM 8C.44)Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower, Azerbaijan (27 COM 7B.59)Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire (27 COM 7B.3)Ashur (Qala'at ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat) Comoé National Park Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley Kathmandu Valley Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower
Country: Afghanistan Azerbaijan Côte d'Ivoire Iraq Nepal
The World Heritage Committee,1. Following examination of state of conservation reports of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC-03/27.COM/7A),;2. Decides to maintain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger:Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam, Afghanistan (27 COM 7A.21)Butrint, Albania (27 COM 7A.26 )Tipasa, Algeria (27 COM 7A.17)Royal Palaces of Abomey, Benin (27 COM 7A.15)Angkor, Cambodia (27 COM 7A.22)Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park, Central African Republic (27 COM 7A.12 )Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, Côte d'Ivoire/Guinea ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Abu Mena Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves Angkor Bahla Fort Butrint Chan Chan Archaeological Zone Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary Everglades National Park Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore Garamba National Park Group of Monuments at Hampi Historic Town of Zabid Ichkeul National Park Kahuzi-Biega National Park Manas Wildlife Sanctuary Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve Okapi Wildlife Reserve Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve Royal Palaces of Abomey Rwenzori Mountains National Park Salonga National Park Sangay National Park Simien National Park Timbuktu Tipasa Virunga National Park
Country: Afghanistan Albania Algeria Benin Cambodia Central African Republic Côte d'Ivoire Democratic Republic of the Congo Ecuador Egypt Ethiopia Guinea Honduras India Mali Niger Oman Pakistan Peru Philippines Senegal Tunisia Uganda United States of America Yemen
The World Heritage Committee,1. Following examination of state of conservation reports of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC-03/27.COM/7A),;2. Decides to remove the following properties from the List of World Heritage in Danger:Srebarna Nature Reserve, Bulgaria (27 COM 7A.10)Natural & Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor, Serbia and Montenegro (27 COM 7A.27)Yellowstone, United States of America (27 COM ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor Srebarna Nature Reserve Yellowstone National Park
Country: Bulgaria Serbia United States of America
The World Heritage Committee,1. Reminds States Parties, in the context of reviewing a nomination for geological heritage, of the importance of including a global comparative analysis when preparing natural heritage nominations under natural criterion (i) for geological heritage.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
The World Heritage Committee,1. Approves the proposed name changes to existing properties on the World Heritage List as proposed by the authorities of Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia:Properties in Hungary:Former Name (English / French)New Name (English / French)Budapest, the Banks of the Danube and the Buda Castle Quarter / Budapest: le panorama des deux bords du Danube et le quartier du château de Buda Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue /Budapest, avec les rives du Danube, le quartier du château de Buda et l'avenue AndrássyHollokö ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs (Sopianae) Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape Hortobágy National Park - the Puszta Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma and its Natural Environment Old Village of Hollókő and its Surroundings Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape
Country: Austria Hungary Slovakia
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Takes note that the following States Parties had requested that their nominations not be examined at the 27th session of the Committee in 2003: Extension to the Historic District of Québec (Canada) Natural System of "Wrangel Island" Sanctuary (Russian Federation) Franja Partisan Hospital (Slovenia) Historic City of Mardin (Turkey) Extension to Gough Island Wildlife Reserve (United Kingdom).
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Gough and Inaccessible Islands Historic District of Old Québec Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve
Country: Canada Russian Federation Slovenia Turkey United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas, China on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural  criteria (i), (ii), (iii) and  (iv):Criterion (i): The property is of outstanding value for displaying the geological history of the last 50 million years associated with the collision of the Indian Plate with the Eurasian Plate, the closure of the ancient Tethys Sea, and the uplifting of the Himalaya Range and the Tibetan Plateau. These were major geological events in the evolution of the land surface of Asia and they are on-going. The ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee,1. Defers consideration of the nomination of Ras Mohammed, Egypt, to allow the State Party to consider extending the boundaries of the nomination to include the eastern portion of the Ras Mohammed National Park as well as appropriate sectors of the adjoining protected marine areas in the coastal zone of the Gulf of Aqaba.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Country: Egypt
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Defers consideration of the nomination of Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan, until a detailed action plan and implementation programme demonstrating the commitment of the State Party to: (a) maintaining the existing natural flows in the Nura River and containing deposits of mercury pollution; (b) upgrading the Sarykopa Wildlife Reserve to Nature Reserve protected status; and (c) linking the Tersek and Sypsyn outliers to an extended main Naurzum Nature Reserve by protecting the intervening corridors of unmodified steppe; 2. Requests IUCN ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan
Country: Kazakhstan
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Inscribes  Monte San Giorgio, Switzerland, on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural  criterion (i): Criterion (i): Monte San Giorgio is the single best known record of marine life in the Triassic period, and records important remains of life on land as well. The property has produced diverse and numerous fossils, many of which show exceptional completeness and detailed preservation. The long history of study of the property and the disciplined management of the resource have created a well documented and catalogued body of specimens of ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Monte San Giorgio
Country: Switzerland
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Inscribes  Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, Viet Nam, on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural  criterion (i):Criterion (i): Phong Nha is part of a larger dissected plateau, which also encompasses the Ke Bang and Hin Namno karsts. The limestone is not continuous and demonstrates complex interbedding with shales and sandstones. This, together with the capping of schists and apparent granites has led to a particularly distinctive topography. The caves demonstrate discrete episodic sequences of events, leaving behind various levels of fossil ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Country: Viet Nam
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes Uvs Nuur Basin, Mongolia/ Russian Federation, on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural  criteria (ii) and (iv):Criterion (ii): The closed salt lake system of Uvs Nuur is of international scientific importance because of its climatic and hydrological regimes. Because of the unchanging nature of the nomadic pastoral use of the grasslands within the basin over thousands of years, current research programmes should be able to unravel the rate at which Uvs Nuur (and other smaller lakes within the basin) have become saline (and eutrophic). ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Uvs Nuur Basin
Country: Mongolia Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Approves the extension of Jaú National Park, Brazil, with the addition of the Amana Sustainable Development Reserve, the Demonstration area of the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve and the Anavilhanas Ecological Station;2. Adopts, with the agreement of the State Party, the new name for the property, "Central Amazon Conservation Complex";3. Encourages the State Party to re-nominate the subsidiary area of Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve once it fully meets the conditions of integrity.The inscription adds three protected areas to Jaú National ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Central Amazon Conservation Complex
Country: Brazil
The World Heritage Committee,1. Recognizing the outstanding universal cultural and natural value of Purnululu National Park, Australia, and the importance of the relationship and interaction between the Traditional Owners and the natural environment of the property,;2. Inscribes the property on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural criteria (i) and (iii) as recommended by IUCN:Criterion (i): The Bungle Bungles are, by far, the most outstanding example of cone karst in sandstones anywhere in the world and owe their existence and uniqueness to several interacting geological, ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Purnululu National Park
Country: Australia
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Decides not to inscribe Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf, Tijuca Forest and the Botanical Gardens, Brazil, on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural criteria; 2. Defers consideration of the cultural criteria of Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf, Tijuca Forest and the Botanical Gardens, Brazil, encouraging the State Party to: (a) undertake an appraisal of the cultural values of Rio's setting in order to inform a re-definition of the boundaries of the proposed World Heritage property, so as to protect the overall back-drop of the city more effectively,; ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea
Country: Brazil
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Decides not to inscribe Parque Nacional del Este and its buffer zone, Dominican Republic, on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural criteria; 2. Decides to refer back to the State Party the nomination of Parque Nacional del Este and its buffer zone, Dominican Republic, encouraging the State Party to undertake the survey programme recommended by ICOMOS and to provide assurances that the resources, management, facilities, and security issues noted by ICOMOS will be examined and responded ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Country: Dominican Republic
The World Heritage Committee,1. Decides not to inscribe Pico Island Vineyard Culture, Portugal, on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural criteria;2. Refers back to the State Party consideration of the cultural criteria of Pico Island Vineyard Culture, Portugal,  to allow the State Party to nominate a more extensive area and as a cultural landscape, as recommended by ICOMOS.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture
Country: Portugal
The World Heritage Committee,1. Decides not to inscribe Serra da Capivara National Park, Brazil, on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural criteria;2. Encourages the State Party to consider including relevant protected areas in a serial nomination that can better ensure biodiversity conservation of the Caatinga biome;3. Commends the State Party, through the commitment and work of the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) and the Museum for American Man Foundation (FUMDHAM), for transforming Serra da Capivara National Park over a decade ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Serra da Capivara National Park
Country: Brazil
The World Heritage Committee,1. Decides not to inscribe the Saint Catherine Area, Egypt, on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural criteria;2. Encourges the State Party to resubmit the nomination as a cultural landscape; and3. Notes that the original inscription of the Saint Catherine Area on the World Heritage List under cultural criteria (i), (iii), (iv) and (vi) is not affected by this decision.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Saint Catherine Area
Country: Egypt
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes Quebrada de Humahuaca, Argentina, on the World Heritage List on the basis of  cultural criteria (ii), (iv) and (v):Criterion (ii): The Quebrada de Humahuaca Vvalley has been used over the past 10,000 years as a crucial passage for the transport of people and ideas from the high Andean lands to the plains.Criteria (iv) and (v): The Quebrada de Humahuaca Vvalley reflects the way its strategic position has engendered settlement, agriculture and trade. Its distinctive pre-Hispanic and pre-Incan settlements, as a group with their associated field ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Quebrada de Humahuaca
Country: Argentina
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes The Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Třebíč, Czech Republic, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii) and (iii):Criterion (ii): The Jewish Quarter and St. Procopius Basilica of Třebíč bear witness to the coexistence and interchange of values between two different cultures, Jewish and Christian, over many centuries.Criterion (iii): the Jewish Quarter of Třebíč is an exceptional testimony to the cultural traditions related to the Jewish diaspora in central Europe.The inscription is for three separate ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Jewish Quarter and St Procopius' Basilica in Třebíč
Country: Czechia
The World Heritage Committee,1. Defers the nomination of the Complex of Koguryo Tombs, Democratic People's Republic of Korea; 2. Notes the supplementary information submitted by the State Party;3. Requests that further steps be taken so that the relevant remaining technical issues can be resolved with a view to considering the nomination at the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2004.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Complex of Koguryo Tombs
Country: Democratic People's Republic of Korea
The World Heritage Committee,1.   Defers the nomination of The Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen, Germany, to allow for the historical and architectural evaluation of the property in the framework of a comparative study of town halls.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen
Country: Germany
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, India, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (iii) and (v):Criterion (iii): Bhimbetka reflects a long interaction between people and the landscape, as demonstrated in the quantity and quality of its rock art;.Criterion (v): Bhimbetka is closely associated with a hunting and gathering economy as demonstrated in the rock art and in the relicts of this tradition in the local adivasi villages on the periphery of this property;.2. Requests that the State Party undertake a survey of the rock art ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
Country: India
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes Takht-e Soleyman, Islamic Republic of Iran, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (vi):Criterion (i): Takht-e Soleyman is an outstanding ensemble of royal architecture, joining the principal architectural elements created by the Sasanians in a harmonious composition inspired by their natural context.Criterion (ii): The composition and the architectural elements created by the Sasanians at Takht-e Soleyman have had strong influence not only in the development of religious architecture in the Islamic ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Takht-e Soleyman
Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Noting the request for a modification of the original name of the property, 2. Inscribes the White City of Tel-Aviv - the Modern Movement, Israel, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii) and (iv): Criterion (ii): The White City of Tel Aviv is a synthesis of outstanding significance of the various trends of the Modern Movement in architecture and town planning in the early part of the 20th century. Such influences were adapted to the cultural and climatic conditions of the place, as well as being integrated with local ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: White City of Tel-Aviv – the Modern Movement
Country: Israel
With regard to protective legislation in Israel, the World Heritage Committee,1. Encourages the State Party to broaden the scope of its system of legal protection at the national level to include modern heritage.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Country: Israel
The World Heritage Committee,1. Noting that this property is the first to be inscribed on the World Heritage List from Kazakhstan,,2. Inscribes The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Kazakhstan, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (i), (iii) and (iv):Criterion (i): The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi is an outstanding achievement in the Timurid architecture, and it has significantly contributed to the development of Islamic religious architecture. Criterion (iii): The mausoleum and its property represent an exceptional testimony to the culture of the Central Asian ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
Country: Kazakhstan
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Queréetaro, Mexico, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii) and (iii):Criterion (ii): The Sierra Gorda Missions exhibit an important interchange of values in the process of evangelisation of central and northern Mexico, and the western United States.Criterion (iii): The five Sierra Gorda missions bear witness to the cultural encounter of the European missions with the nomadic populations of central Mexico, remaining a significant testimony to this second phase of evangelisation ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro
Country: Mexico
The World Heritage Committee,1. Defers the nomination of the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape, Mongolia, to allow the State Party to clarify the boundaries of the property. A proposal for a wider cultural landscape should include assurances that the protection of natural as well as cultural values will be addressed;2. Encourages the State Party to consider an alternative location for the proposed visitor centre at Kharkhorum.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape
Country: Mongolia
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Decides not to inscribe The Valley of the Pradnik River in the Ojcowski National Park, Poland, on the World Heritage List; 2. Commends the State Party on the quality of its management of the Valley of the Pradnik River within the Ojkowski National Park; 3. Encourages the State Party to consider using other mechanisms to recognize the international importance of the property, as noted by IUCN.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Country: Poland
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes the Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Bbuildings of Derbent, Russian Federation, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (iii) and (iv):Criterion (iii): The site of the ancient city of Derbent has been crucial for the control of the north-south passage on the west side of the Caspian Sea since the 1st millennium BCE. The defence structures that were built by the Sasanians in the 5th century CE were in continuous use by the succeeding Persian, Arabic, Mongol, and Timurid governments for some fifteen centuries. Criterion (iv): ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Citadel, Ancient City and Fortress Buildings of Derbent
Country: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, South Africa, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v):Criterion (ii): The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape contains evidence of an important interchange of human values that led to far-reaching cultural and social changes in southern Africa between AD 900 and 1300.Criterion (iii): The remains in the Mapungubwe cultural landscape are a remarkably complete testimony to the growth and subsequent decline of the Mapungubwe Sstate which at its height was the largest kingdom ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
Country: South Africa
The World Heritage Committee,1. Noting that this property is the first to be inscribed on the World Heritage List from Sudan, 2. Inscribes Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region, Sudan, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (vi):Criteria (i), (ii), (iii), (iv): The nominated pyramids and tombs, being also part of the special desert border landscape, on the banks of the Nile, are unique in their typology and technique. The remains are the testimony to an ancient important culture which existed and flourished in this region ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region
Country: Sudan
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iii) and (iv):Criterion (ii): Since the 18th century, the Botanic Gardens of Kew have been closely associated with scientific and economic exchanges established throughout the world in the field of botany, and this is reflected in the richness of its collections. The landscape and architectural features of the gardens reflect considerable artistic influences both with regard to the European continent and to more distant ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee,1. Defers the nomination of The Old City of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to allow the State Party to:(a) complete the reconstruction of the Old Bridge and the main features of the property and to redefine the significance of the Old City, taking into account the impact of the destruction and reconstruction of the property;(b) identify the relevant World Heritage criteria, review the nominated core area and buffer zone;(c) review and implement the management system and relevant plans in view of the significance of the nominated property and its ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Old Bridge Area of the Old City of Mostar
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
The World Heritage Committee,1. Noting that this property is the first to be inscribed on the World Heritage List from Gambia,  2. Inscribes James Island and Related Sites, Gambia, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (iii) and (vi):Criterion (iii): James Island and Related Sites on the River Gambia provide an exceptional testimony to the different facets of the African-European encounter, from the 15th to 20th centuries. The River Gambia formed the first trade route into the interior of Africa and became an early corridor for the slave trade.Criterion (vi): James ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Kunta Kinteh Island and Related Sites
Country: Gambia (the)
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes The Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, Italy, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii) and (iv):Criterion (ii): The implantation of architecture and sacred art into a natural landscape for didactic and spiritual purposes achieved its most exceptional expression in the Sacri Monti (‘Sacred Mountains') of northern Italy and had a profound influence on subsequent developments elsewhere in Europe.Criterion (iv): The Sacri Monti (‘Sacred Mountains') of northern Italy represent the successful integration of architecture and ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
Country: Italy
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes the Wooden Churches of Southern Little Poland, Poland, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (iii) and (iv):Criterion (iii): The wooden churches of Little Poland bear important testimony to medieval church building traditions, as these related to the liturgical and cult functions of the Roman Catholic Church in a relatively closed region in central Europe.Criterion (iv): The churches are the most representative examples of surviving Gothic churches built in horizontal log technique, particularly impressive in their artistic ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska
Country: Poland
With regard to the Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, Italy and the Wooden Churches of Southern Little Poland, Poland, the World Heritage Committee,1. Congratulates the States Parties of Italy and Poland on the successful establishment of planning mechanisms for the two serial nominations;2. Encourages the States Parties to work with the World Heritage Centre in assisting other States Parties to develop planning mechanisms for similar serial properties;3. Requests that the two States Parties report back to the Committee at its 28th session in 2004 on the implementation of the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska
Country: Italy Poland
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes the Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (iii), (v) and (vi):Criterion (iii): The Matobo Hills has one of the highest concentrations of rock art in southern Africa. The rich evidence from archaeology and from the rock paintings at Matobo provide a very full picture of the lives of foraging societies in the Stone Age and the way agricultural societies came to replace them.Criterion (v): The interaction between communities and the landscape, manifested in the rock art and also in the long standing ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Matobo Hills
Country: Zimbabwe
The World Heritage Committee,1.   Approves the extension of the Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, China, on the World Heritage List on the basis of existing cultural  criteria (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (vi). The property now includes the following tombs or tomb groups:ID No. Tomb(s)Province InscribedArea (ha)Buffer Zone (ha)001Xianling TombHubei 200087.6226.4002Eastern Qing TombsHebei20002247,800003Western Qing TombsHebei20001,8424,758Subtotal, 2000 2,153.612,784.4004Ming TombsChangping Dist., Beijing20038238,100.0Xiaoling Tombs 005Xiaoling TombJiangsu2003116      180006Tomb ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee,1. Approves the extension of the Historic District of Panamá, with the Salón Bolivar, Panama, on the World Heritage List to include the Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo under the existing cultural criteria (ii), (iv) and (vi);NameDate InscribedArea (ha)Buffer (ha)Historic District of Panamá, with the Salón Bolivar 199729.4not givenArchaeological Site of Panamá Viejo proposed28.085.0TOTAL 57.4 2. Approves the proposed name change to the "Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and the Historic District of Panamá," with the agreement of the State ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá
Country: Panama
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes the Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso, Chile, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criterion (iii):Criterion (iii): Valparaíso is an exceptional testimony to the early phase of globalisation in the late 19th century, when it became the leading merchant port on the sea routes of the Pacific coast of South America.2. Encourages the State Party to continue its efforts to inventory and protect the infrastructure related to the historic functions of the harbour area and transport systems;3. Further encourages the State ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso
Country: Chile
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes Úbeda-Baeza: Urban duality, cultural unity, Spain, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii) and (iv):Criterion (ii): The 16th-century examples of architectural and urban design in Úbeda and Baeza were instrumental in introducing the Renaissance ideas to Spain. Through the publications of Andréa Vandelvira, the principal project architect, these examples were also diffused to Latin America.Criterion (iv): The central areas of Úbeda and Baeza constitute outstanding early examples of Renaissance civic architecture and urban ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza
Country: Spain
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Inscribes the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (vi): Criterion (i): The Buddha statues and the cave art in Bamiyan Valley are an outstanding representation of the Gandharan School in Buddhist art in the Central Asian region. Criterion (ii): The artistic and architectural remains of Bamiyan Valley, and an important Buddhist centre on the Silk Road, are an exceptional testimony to the interchange of Indian, Hellenistic, ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
Country: Afghanistan
The World Heritage Committee,1. Decides to inscribe to the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan, on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
Country: Afghanistan
The World Heritage Committee,1. Inscribes Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat), Iraq, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (iii) and (iv):Criterion (iii): Founded in the 3rd millennium BCE, the most important role of Ashur was from the 14th to 9th century BCE when it was the first capital of the Assyrian empire. Ashur was also the religious capital of Assyrians, and the place for crowning and burial of its kings;Criterion (iv): The excavated remains of the public and residential buildings of Ashur provide an outstanding record of the evolution of building practice from the ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)
Country: Iraq
The World Heritage Committee,1. Decides to inscribe Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat), Iraq, on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Sites: Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)
Country: Iraq
With regard to The First Railway Bridge over the Yenisei River, Russian Federation, the World Heritage Committee,1. Considers that the conditions required by paragraph 67 of the Operational Guidelines concerning "damage from disaster caused by natural events or human activities" have not been fully met; 2. Decides not to inscribe The First Railway Bridge over the Yenisei River, Russian Federation, on the World Heritage List on an emergency basis; 3. Encourages the State Party to resubmit the nomination in accordance with normal procedures for ...
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003
Country: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee [64],1. Defers examination of documents WHC-03/27.COM/9 and WHC-03/27.COM/INF.9 to the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2004. [64]  See also Decision 27 COM 2
Session: 27th session of the World Heritage Committee (27 COM)
Year: 2003