Decision : 30 COM 8B.31
Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (Ruins of Loropéni)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Having examined Documents WHC-06/30.COM/8B and WHC-06/30.COM/INF.8B.1,
2. Refers the nomination of the Ruins of Loropéni, Burkina Faso, back to the State Party in order to:
a) Explore further the values and significance of the site through surveys and targeted excavations of the ruins and their hinterland, to establish the role and function of Loropéni and its association with trade across the Sahara and towards the West African coast;
b) Gather existing research on Loropéni and ruins in the wider Lobi area to strengthen understanding of the relationship between Loropéni and other fortified settlements in the Lobi area;
c) Formulate a detailed project to stabilize the walls of the Loropéni ruin and suggest how this might be funded.
3. Recognizes that it is desirable that the Advisory Bodies and the World Heritage Centre assist the State Party in undertaking the tasks mentioned in paragraph 2 above.
4. Invites the State Party to submit an international assistance request to support the work required and to provide the information requested.