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Committee Decisions

28 COM 14B.36

Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Noting the request of the State Party to modify the name of the property,

2. Inscribes the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, Andorra, on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape on the basis of cultural criterion (v):

Criterion (v): The Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley is a microcosm of the way its inhabitants have harvested the scarce resources of the high Pyrenees over the past millennia to create a sustainable living environment in harmony with the mountain landscape. The Valley is a reflection of an ancient communal system of land management that has survived for over 700 years.

3. Encourages the State Party to give consideration to the following recommendations raised by ICOMOS in its evaluation:
   a) confirmation that the buffer zone covers the plateau west of Pic Negre to Camp Ramonet, to give added protection to the Claror Plateau,
   b) development of a better definition of the zones of the valley, allowing for agricultural uses to support conservation and ecological objectives of built and natural assets,
   c) initiation of a complete inventory of built structures and archaeological remains in the property,
   d) initiation of an inventory of invertebrates in relation to meadows and high altitude pastures (this study should be part of the ongoing research undertaken by the Director of Agriculture),
   e) provision of an access strategy which supports the needs of those activities necessary for the sustainable development of the valley;

4. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2005 a report on the implementation of the above measures and the status of the new legislation being implemented for consideration by the Committee at its 29th session in 2005.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
Focal Point: EUR/NA
States Parties: Andorra
Session: 28COM