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Decision : 35 COM 7B.120
City of Potosi (Bolivia) (C 420)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 20 COM VIID.60/61, adopted at its 20th session (Merida, 1996),

3. Regrets the collapse of a portion of the summit of the Cerro Rico Mountain; and expresses its deep concern regarding the event and the dangerous conditions that exist derived from unregulated and unsafe mining practices at the Cerro Rico Mine;

4. Notes with concern that the recommendations made by the World Heritage Centre/ ICOMOS technical mission in 2005, to improve the security and stability of the property, as well as other conditions necessary to allow for sustainable mining activities, have not been addressed;

5. Requests the State Party to implement, by February 2012, the emergency measures identified by the 2011 World Heritage Centre/ ICOMOS technical mission, in order to protect human lives, to improve working conditions, and to prevent further deterioration of this vulnerable component part of the property, in particular:

a) Finalize the geotechnical study of the Cerro Rico Mountain,

b) Implement measures to ensure the structural stability of the top of the Cerro Rico Mountain,

c) Implement Supreme Decree 27787 and modify article 6 to halt all exploration, extraction and any other interventions under and above ground between altitudes 4400 and 4700m,

d) Prepare a comprehensive topography study and install a monitoring system to assess the stability conditions of the Cerro Rico Mountain at monthly intervals over the next four to six months,

e) Organize a technical expert meeting in early 2012 to evaluate the above studies and monitoring results, and to prepare an Emergency Action Plan for future interventions including rationalisation and planning of the industrial exploitation in the area;

6. Also requests the State Party to initiate the process of developing a participatory Management Plan for the property, and the official submission of the buffer zone;

7. Further requests the State Party to work in co-ordination with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to implement the additional measures identified by the 2011 technical mission undertaken to the property and invites other relevant bodies and funding partners to co-operate with the State Party for the implementation of the conservation measures for the preservation of the Cerro Rico Mountain;

8. Finally requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and on the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012, with a view to considering, in the case of confirmation of ascertained or potential danger to the Outstanding Universal Value, the possible inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Properties: City of Potosí
Year: 2011
Decision Code: 35 COM 7B.120