Decision : 31 COM 7B.124
San Agustín Archaeological Park (Colombia)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,
2. Endorses the recommendations of the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission of November 2006;
3. Requests the State Party to implement the recommendations made by the reactive monitoring mission and particularly to:
a) Develop an effective management plan within the framework of a participatory, value-driven approach
b) Identify precise limits and buffer zones for the sites inscribed in the World Heritage List and requests the State Party to formally submit the proposed new boundaries to the buffer zone for approval by the World Heritage Committee. Such submission should include appropriate cartography as well as the legal framework;
c) Define adequate uses for the existing infrastructure at the properties;
d) Close down the built road and forbid vehicular traffic, developing an interpretative walkway to communicate the indigenous settlement and promote its visitation and invites the State Party to submit alternative options to improve the road system for local communities;
e) Continue work and close collaboration with national and municipal authorities, as well as involved stakeholders, to control development at the site and anticipate potential impacts on the World Heritage Property.
4. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a report on the progress made on the above points for examination by the Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.