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Decision : 32 COM 8B.57
Examen des propositions d’inscription et des modifications des limites des biens naturels, mixtes et culturels inscrits sur la liste du Patrimoine Mondial - Bahá'i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee (ISRAEL)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-08/32.COM/8B.Add and WHC-08/32.COM/INF.8B1.Add,

2. Inscribes the Bahá'i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee, Israel, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii) and (vi);

3. Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value:

Bahá'i Holy Places demonstrate Outstanding Universal Value for the Holy shrine of Bahá'u'lláh and the Holy shrine of the Báb, as the most holy places of the Bahá'í faith provide an exceptional testimony to the strong traditions of Bahá'í pilgrimage which have grown up over the last century and draw large numbers of followers from around the world. They also have a profound meaning and value for followers of the Bahá'í faith as sacred sites linked to the faith's two founders.

Criterion (iii): The Holy shrine of Bahá'u'lláh and the Holy shrine of the Báb, as the most holy places of the Bahá'í faith, and visited by thousands of pilgrims each year from around the world, provide an exceptional testimony to, and are powerful communicators of, the strong cultural tradition of Bahá'í pilgrimage.

Criterion (vi): The two holy Bahá'í shrines are tangible places of great meaning for one of the world's religions.

The property demonstrates integrity linked to the history and spiritual home of the Bahá'í faith and it demonstrates authenticity as tangible expression of the body of doctrine and system of values and beliefs that form the Bahá'í faith.

The legal protection of the nominated areas and their buffer zones will be improved once the TAMA 35 provisions come into force for Haifa. Conservation approaches are appropriate and the management system for the property provides high quality management.

4. Recommends that, in order to reinforce the protection of the properties, measures should be put in place to mitigate adequately the effects of urban development.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Israel
Year: 2008
Decision Code: 32 COM 8B.57