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Committee Decisions

31 COM 7A.21

Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley (Afghanistan) (C 208 rev)

 

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7A,

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7A.23, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Notes with satisfaction the efforts and commitment of the State Party and the international community for the safeguarding of this property;

4.       Adopts the following as the desired state of conservation for the property in view of its future removal from the List of World Heritage in Danger:

a)      ensured site security,

b)      ensured long-term stability of the Giant Buddha niches,

c)      adequate state of conservation of archaeological remains and mural paintings, and

d)      implemented Management Plan and Cultural Master Plan (the protective zoning plan);

5.       Encourages the State Party to implement corrective measures for:

a)      ensured site security by

(i)      exerting strict control of illicit excavations and looting through hiring of adequate number of trained site guards, and

(ii)      clearing unexploded ordinances and anti-personnel mines from the property;

b)      ensured long-term stability of the Giant Buddha niches by installing a permanent monitoring system;

c)      adequate state of conservation of archaeological remains and mural paintings by

(i)      completing the conservation of the fragments of the Giant Buddha statues and

(ii)      completing the conservation of the mural paintings in the prioritized buddhist caves;

d)      the Management Plan and the Cultural Master Plan (the protective zoning plan) both implemented by developing institutional capacity, notably for the Ministry of Culture and the intersectoral Bamiyan Cultural Landscape Coordination Committee (BCLCC);

6.       Invites the international community to continue its technical and financial support, in particular to achieve the above indicated desired state of conservation;

7.       Requests the State Party, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, to develop a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value including the conditions of integrity and authenticity, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008;

8.       Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2008 the Management Plan and a progress report on the implementation of corrective measures, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008; and

9.       Decides to retain the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley (Afghanistan) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Afghanistan
Session: 31COM