Property: Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the Southeast of Cuba
Id. N°: 1008
State Party: Cuba
Criteria: C (iii) (iv)
The Committee decided to inscribe the site on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii) and (iv):
Criterion (iii) The remains of the 19th and early 20th century coffee plantations in eastern Cuba are unique and eloquent testimony to a form of agricultural exploitation of virgin forest, the traces of which have disappeared elsewhere in the world.
Criterion (iv) The production of coffee in eastern Cuba during the 19th and early 20th centuries resulted in the creation of a unique cultural landscape, illustrating a significant stage in the development of this form of agriculture.
In support of the nomination some delegates mentioned the significance of the nomination as the first of its kind and drew attention to the slave trade on which these plantations were founded.