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Committee Decisions

34 COM 7B.59

Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) (C 287)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 5A, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Expresses its great concern at the damage inflicted on some of the most widely known Saharan rock art images;

4. Regrets the delay in the agreed joint reactive monitoring mission visiting the property and requests the State Party, the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS to organize this mission before the end of 2010;

5. Urges the State Party, after discussion with the mission, to undertake a detailed assessment of the damage in association with experts who have worked on the sites, and to explore which sites might be susceptible to conservation and how this work might be undertaken;

6. Also urges the State Party to consider the protection of the property, and establish an adequate management system, including possible collaboration with the local communities, with means notably to promote the significance and sensitivity of the area to tourist agencies and individual tourists, to strengthen the permit system for visitors and to improve the overall access control;

7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a detailed report on the above-mentioned issues, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Libya
Session: 34COM