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Committee Decisions

34 COM 8B.54

Cultural Properties - Examination of minor boundary modifications - Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha (Nepal)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-10/34.COM/8B and WHC-10/34.COM/INF.8B1.Add,

2. Does not approve the proposed minor modification to the boundary of Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha, Nepal;

3. Considers that the proposal to enlarge the property to encompass the entire inner sacred garden and to enclose the outer sacred garden by a new buffer zone is to be supported in principle. However, in order to approve the considerable extension to the property, the Committee considers that more details are needed of the area to be included in terms of descriptions, plans, photographs, and more detailed maps are needed that comply with the requirements of the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention. Furthermore details also need to be provided of the management and protection arrangements for the enlarged area;

4. Requests the State Party to reference some of the statements referred to at the time of inscription, such as the statements made at the time that various administration buildings were to be demolished;

5. Considers also that a Statement of Outstanding Universal Value needs to be provided by the State Party identifying how the Outstanding Universal Value is reflected by the considerably extended attributes of the enlarged area;

6. Further considers that a mission will be needed to understand the rationale for the boundaries and the adequacy of the management and protection arrangements. And, as the request from the State Party refers to the development of a Management Plan, recommends to complete, approve and implement this Plan before the boundary is enlarged;

7. Further considers that the requirements outlined above mean that this request cannot be considered as a minor modification. The request needs to be re-formulated with the extra material suggested, and submitted as a major modification;

8. Also recommends that the State Party submit a fuller nomination that will be considered as a significant modification and evaluated with a mission to the property.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Nepal
Session: 34COM