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Decision : 36 COM 7B.42
Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela (Ethiopia) (C 18)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B,

2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.44, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3.   Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party, notably the development of maps of the property’s boundaries and suggested buffer zone, and requests the State Party to submit the finalized maps in the context of the retrospective inventory and plans of the suggested buffer zone as a minor modification;

4.   Encourages the State Party to finalize the consultation process for the draft Management Plan for the property, and also requests the State Party to submit the draft Management Plan, including the resettlement action plan and the development plan for Lalibela area for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;

5.   Reiterates its request to the State Party to:

a)  Submit details of the type and frequency of monitoring arrangements for all temporary shelters,

b)  Regularly provide information about the World Bank Tourism Development Project that is being implemented at the property,

c)  Pursue its efforts to implement the pilot preservation project at Gabriel Rufael Church in cooperation with the World Monuments Fund;

6.   Further requests the State Party to conduct a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA), in conformity with the ICOMOS Guidelines on Heritage Impact Assessments for World Heritage cultural properties, to evaluate the potential impact of any planned demographic or other changes to strengthen tourist-targeted services in the property or immediate surroundings on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

7.   Requests furthermore the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014. 

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Ethiopia
Year: 2012
Decision Code: 36 COM 7B.42