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Decision : 27 COM 8C.38
Matobo Hills (Zimbabwe)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Inscribes the Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (iii), (v) and (vi):

Criterion (iii): The Matobo Hills has one of the highest concentrations of rock art in southern Africa. The rich evidence from archaeology and from the rock paintings at Matobo provide a very full picture of the lives of foraging societies in the Stone Age and the way agricultural societies came to replace them.

Criterion (v): The interaction between communities and the landscape, manifested in the rock art and also in the long standing religious traditions still associated with the rocks, are community responses to a landscape.

Criterion (vi): The Mwari religion, centred on Matobo, which may date back to the Iron Age, is the most powerful oracular tradition in southern Africa.

2. Requests the State Party, by the time of the 28th session of the Committee in 2004, to establish an effective management committee composed of all the key stakeholders;  and complete the development of a management system designed according to the capacity of the World Heritage property in  its cultural and natural context.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
Focal Point: AFR
States Parties: Zimbabwe
Properties: Matobo Hills
Year: 2003
Decision Code: 27 COM 8C.38