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II.1 The Chairperson presented the documents related to the adoption of the agenda and the timetable, (Working Documents WHC-97/CONF.208/1,WHC-97/CONF.208/2.Rev and WHC-97/CONF.208/3). The Agenda and timetable were adopted without any changes.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
IV.1 In the absence of the Rapporteur of the twenty-first session of the Bureau, Mr. Lambert Messan (Niger), the Chairperson invited the Committee to take note of the report (WHC-97/CONF.204/11). IV.2 The Rapporteur of the Committee presented his report on the twenty-first extraordinary session of the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee, held on 28 and 29 November 1997 in Naples which has been prepared in three parts according to the agenda items. The Committee took note of the report.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
V.6 The Committee decided to prolong the work of the Consultative Body, to be chaired by the President of the World Heritage Committee, Professor F. Francioni (Italy). The Delegate of Australia stated that the Director of the Centre should also be closely involved in the work of the Consultative Body. It was decided that the Consultative Body would report initially to the twenty-second session of the Bureau and then to the twenty-second session of the Committee. The Committee asked that the Consultative Body analyse the Management Review Report, further study the use of the emblem and ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
VI.1 The Committee took note of the resolution adopted by the twenty-ninth General Conference of UNESCO on the periodic reporting by the States Parties on the legislative and administrative provisions and other actions which they have taken for the application of the Convention, including the state of conservation of the World Heritage properties located on its territories. The Committee noted, in particular, points 14, 15 and 16 of the resolution in which the General Conference: Invites the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention to submit in accordance with Article 29 of the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
VII.56 During the examination of the state of conservation, delegates raised the question of delisting properties from the World Heritage List. The Committee noted that while the procedure for the eventual deletion was outlined in paragraphs 46 to 56 of the Operational Guidelines, more detailed criteria would be required to evaluate if a property has lost all the values for which it was inscribed.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
VII.58 The Delegate of Japan expressed his great concern about the safety of the cultural properties in Afghanistan. With regard to threats to the cultural heritage of Afghanistan, the Committee unanimously adopted the following resolution submitted by Italy: The World Heritage Committee, convened in Naples from 1 to 6 December 1997 at its twenty-first session, Concerned at news reports about threats to the cultural and natural heritage of Afghanistan, particularly the Buddhist statues in Bamyan, Stressing the need to consider this heritage, for its inestimable value, not only as part ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Country: Afghanistan
A. Methodology and Procedures for Periodic Reporting VII.1 The Committee considered the manner in which to implement the decision of the General Conference on the basis of some initial reflections that were presented by the Secretariat in Working Document WHC-97/CONF.208/7. VII.2 While recognizing the need for the States Parties to report on the legislative and administrative provisions which they have taken for the application of the Convention, the Committee stressed the importance of periodic reporting as a mechanism for exchange of information and experiences between States Parties. ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
VII.16 Simen National Park (Ethiopia) The Committee recalled that at its last session (Merida, 1996), it included this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger, on the basis of the findings of a technical mission to the site and IUCN reports, and approved a sum of US$ 30,000 for a meeting with stakeholders and donors, scheduled to be held in April 1997. The Bureau, at its twenty-first session in June 1997, learnt that the Regional Authorities in Bahr Dar, where Simen National Park is located, had disagreed with the Committee's decision to declare Simen as a World Heritage site in ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Simien National Park
Country: Ethiopia
VII.17 Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve (Guinea/Côte d'Ivoire) The Committee recalled that at the time of its last session (Merida, 1996), UNESCO's Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs Office was considering a proposal for setting up an "International Foundation for Mount Nimba". The Bureau, at its twenty-first session in June, 1997, was informed that such a foundation cannot be created by UNESCO but could be set up under the national legislation of a suitable State Party, following the example of the Foundation established for the Banc d'Arguin, (Mauritania) in ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
Country: Côte d'Ivoire Guinea
VII.18 Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras) The Committee, at its last session (Merida, 1996), included this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger, and requested the State Party to implement the eleven-point corrective action plan that had been endorsed by the Minister for the Environment of Honduras. The Sub-Secretary for the Environment of Honduras, via letter of 12 September 1997, has provided a description of the proposed use of the US$ 30,000 approved by the Bureau in 1996. These funds will form a component of the larger GTZ-KFW (Germany) project, which in its first year ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
Country: Honduras
VII.19 Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (India) The Committee took note of the site visit to Manas, jointly undertaken by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) of India and the World Heritage Centre, between 20 and 23 January 1997 and of the report on the state of conservation submitted to the Bureau at its twenty-first session in June 1997. MOEF and the State Government of Assam had elaborated a 2-3 year rehabilitation plan, at a total cost of US$ 2,135,000, of which US$ 235,000 was requested as emergency assistance from the World Heritage Fund. The Bureau at its twentyfirst session ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Country: India
VII.20 Air-and-Ténéré Reserve (Niger) The Committee recalled that the Delegate of Niger, at the twenty-first session of the Bureau, was of the view that the state of conservation of the site had considerably improved and the site may be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger and that a monitoring mission to the site was foreseen for autumn 1997. The Centre informed the Committee that this mission did not take place due to time constraints. IUCN informed the Committee that a number of activities are underway to resume the IUCN/Danish/Swiss Cooperation ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
Country: Niger
VII.21 Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia) The Committee recalled that at its last session (Merida, 1996), it found that the construction of two dams had limited freshwater flow, dramatically increased the salinity of the lake and marshes and led to sharp reductions of migratory bird populations. In 1996, the Committee decided to declare Ichkeul as a World Heritage site in Danger and requested the Tunisian authorities to provide a programme of corrective measures to reverse the degradation of the site and alerted them to the possibility of the deletion of Ichkeul from the World Heritage ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Ichkeul National Park
Country: Tunisia
VII.22 Everglades National Park (United States of America) The Committee recalled that at its last session (Merida, 1996), it noted significant progress made with regard to acquisition of land, refinement of ecological indicators, and generous Federal and State allocations of financial and human resources, but decided to retain this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger due to continued prevalence of threats. In response to the Committee's call to the State Party to share knowledge and experience gained through the restorative effort, the Park authorities convened an ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Everglades National Park
Country: United States of America
VII.23 Yellowstone National Park (United States of America) The Committee recalled that at its last session (Merida, 1996), it commended the initiative of the President of the State Party to remove the potential mining threat to Yellowstone National Park, by offering a mutually agreed upon trade of land valued at US$ 65 million, and requested the State Party to outline, before 15 September 1997, the steps and schedule for threat mitigation which could be followed. Since then a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed Cooke City Mineral Withdrawal was issued and ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Yellowstone National Park
Country: United States of America
VII.9 The Committee examined reports on the state of conservation of twenty properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger as submitted in Working Document WHC-97/CONF.208/8A and complemented with information provided by the Secretariat and the advisory bodies during the session. VII.10 The observations and recommendations of the Bureau at its twenty-first session (see WHC-97/CONF.208/4) were transmitted to the respective States Parties. The Committee took note of the integrated report provided by IUCN and the World Heritage Centre contained in Working Document ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
VII.11 Srebarna Nature Reserve (Bulgaria) The Committee recalled that at its nineteenth session (Berlin, 1995) it requested the Bulgarian authorities to submit a threat-mitigation status report in 1998. The Committee requested the State Party to submit, before 1 September 1998, a status report on measures taken to mitigate threats to the site. The Committee requested IUCN to review that report and to recommend measures to the consideration of the Committee at its next session. The Committee decided to retain Srebarna in the List of World Heritage in ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Srebarna Nature Reserve
Country: Bulgaria
VII.12 Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia) The Committee recalled that at its last session (Merida, 1996), it decided to retain this site on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to damage to the Park infrastructure and possible negative impacts due to over-visitation. The Bureau, at its twenty-first ordinary session held in June 1997, commended the Park authorities for having increased the total area of the Park to include the entire underground basin supplying the Park's lakes and streams. The Park had admitted and managed 270,000 visitors, using educational guided tours. The ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Country: Croatia
VII.13 Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) IUCN provided a detailed report, including a map showing locations of major areas of armed conflict, refugee camps and rebel activity in relation to Virunga and three other World Heritage sites in the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The situation in and around Virunga is unstable with militia groups threatening human population and wildlife. Aerial census of wildlife has not been undertaken since 1995; there are frequent reports of deforestation, poaching and illegal gold mining in the Park. Many ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Virunga National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
VII.14 Garamba National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) Since the Committee included this property in the List of World Heritage in Danger, at its last session in December 1996, the eastern regions of the country where this site is located have become further destabilised. Infrastructure of the Park has been damaged and wildlife poached. The uncertainty surrounding the new policy as regards nature conservation puts all World Heritage sites in the Democratic Republic of the Congo under threat. The Committee decided to retain Garamba in the List of World Heritage in Danger and ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Garamba National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
VII.15 Sangay National Park (Ecuador) At its last session (Merida, 1996), the Committee reiterated its concerns regarding road construction, poaching and colonisation and its call for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the road construction project. The Bureau, at its twenty-first session in June 1997, was informed that colonisation, and small scale mining activities had been stopped, a new management plan was nearing finalisation and that several conservation projects funded by WWF had begun. The Committee decided to retain Sangay National Park in the List of World Heritage ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Sangay National Park
Country: Ecuador
VII.24 Royal Palaces of Abomey (Benin) Having taken note of the amount of work accomplished at the site: i) collection and analysis of documentation; ii) elaboration of a maintenance plan for the buildings; iii) training of craftsmen in co-operation with representatives of the Royal families; iv) consideration of the anthropological dimension of the site; v) site of living culture, international meeting "Present-Past-Future" on the Royal Palaces of Abomey which was held in Abomey in September 1997, bringing together international and governmental organizations; vi) request for ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Royal Palaces of Abomey
Country: Benin
VII.25 Angkor (Cambodia) The Secretariat reported on the efforts made by the Royal Government of Cambodia and progress made in the safeguarding activities of this site, including those co-ordinated by UNESCO and funded by France, Indonesia, Italy and Japan. The Secretariat reported that the safeguarding activities, which had been interrupted due to the unrest in the region of Angkor in July 1997, had recommenced and were progressing normally. The Delegate of Japan indicated that the second phase of the Japanese project for the safeguarding of Angkor would begin upon the completion of the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Angkor
Country: Cambodia
VII.26 Old City of Dubrovnik (Croatia) The Delegate of Croatia informed the Committee that considerable progress had been made in the reconstruction and restoration of Dubrovnik and that an expert committee will meet in January 1998 to review the state of conservation of the city and that the Croatian authorities will inform the Bureau and the Committee of its findings. The Committee decided to defer the examination of the state of conservation of Dubrovnik and requested the Croatian authorities to submit a report on the state of conservation by 15 April 1998 for examination by the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Old City of Dubrovnik
Country: Croatia
VII.27 Timbuktu (Mali) Mosques of Sankoré, Djingareyber, Side Yahia In accordance with paragraph 56 of the Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, the Committee invited the Mali authorities to: i) co-ordinate international aid for the mosques and the City of Timbuktu; ii) inform the World Heritage Committee, through the UNESCO Secretariat of their intentions to undertake or authorize in a zone protected by the Convention, major restoration work or new constructions, which could modify the value of the World Heritage site, and iii) ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Timbuktu
Country: Mali
VII.28 Bahla Fort (Oman) The Committee decided that full information on the work undertaken would be submitted to the Bureau, in June 1998, based on the report of the expert mission which visited the site in October 1997.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Bahla Fort
Country: Oman
VII.29 Chan Chan Archaeological Zone (Peru) The Secretariat informed the Committee that it had received, on 27 November 1997, a report from the Peruvian authorities on the actions and programmes implemented between 1985 and 1997 for the conservation and management of the site, as well as on tourism infrastructure and educational activities. It also informed the Committee of the recommendations of an ICOMOS expert mission regarding the need to establish a management plan, the importance of the Earthen Architecture Research Centre at Chan Chan and the need to carefully monitor the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
Country: Peru
VII.30 Wieliczka Salt Mines (Poland) The Committee noted that the installation of the dehumidifying equipment for the site, for which the Committee allocated an amount of US$ 100,000 in 1994, was being completed. The Delegate of Poland thanked the World Heritage Committee and the Government of the United States of America for their support to safeguard the salt mines and informed the Committee that the effectiveness of the dehumidifying system could only be assessed in the second half of 1998. An assessment report will be presented to the next Committee session. The Committee decided to ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
Country: Poland
VII.33 Okapi Faunal Reserve (Democratic Republic of the Congo) At its last session in June 1997, the Bureau, noted that equipment and facilities in this site had been looted and wildlife poached. Fortunately, the staff in this site did not suffer any harm although they had not been receiving any salaries. The Bureau was informed by IUCN that recently a US-based conservation foundation has come forward with financial assistance to pay staff salaries. There are reports of illegal gold mining in the Park occupied by the militia, and the staff have neither facilities nor resources to manage ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Kahuzi-Biega National Park Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
VII.45 Islamic Cairo (Egypt) Al-Azhar Mosque Anxious to preserve the authenticity of the Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo, the Committee recommended 1) that the concerned national authorities immediately halt all work in the Mosque; 2) that UNESCO seeks the co-operation of the Organization for the Islamic Conference; 3) that the World Heritage Centre in agreement with the national authorities concerned designate an expert to identify the conservation activities to be undertaken; and 4) that a meeting be organized to sensitize the persons responsible for the management of the religious ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Historic Cairo
Country: Egypt
VII.46 Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela (Ethiopia) At the request of the Chairperson, the consultant who visited the site in April-May 1997, provided a synthetic report on the situation at this site, which is the object of an international safeguarding campaign. Recalling the principal characteristics of the Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela which should be considered with an overall approach, he emphasized the importance given to their preservation and informed the Committee that the European Commission is prepared to release important funds for the construction of temporary shelters to ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela
Country: Ethiopia
VII.47 Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin (Germany) The Committee examined in detail the third report on the state of conservation of Potsdam submitted by the Minister for Science, Research and Culture of the Land Brandenburg. The Committee also listened to the observations made by the UNESCO expert who undertook various missions to Potsdam for extensive discussions with German authorities on the Federal, Land and local levels. The expert informed the Committee that when he started the discussions, the planning for the so-called 'Postdam Center' was already concluded. The expert ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
Country: Germany
VII.48 Roman Monuments, Cathedral and Liebfrauen Church in Trier (Germany) As requested by the Bureau at its twenty-first session, the Minister for Culture, Youth, Family and Women of the Land Rheinland-Pfalz submitted a report on the protection and management mechanisms for the Roman Amphitheatre and its surroundings. The Committee took note of the report given by the Representative of ICOMOS concerning a workshop which took place in Trier on 28 November 1997 concerning the archaeological remains and current construction works in the vicinity of the Roman amphitheatre. The Committee ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier
Country: Germany
VII.49 Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town in Quedlinburg (Germany) In response to the request of the World Heritage Bureau, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Land Sachsen-Anhalt submitted a report on the state of conservation and development plans for the City of Quedlinburg. At the same time and as requested by the Bureau, ICOMOS undertook a mission to Quedlinburg. The mission reported favourably on the effectiveness of the measures already in place and the competence and commitment of those responsible for the management of the historic town. It also stressed the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg
Country: Germany
VII.50 Sun Temple of Konarak (India) The Committee took note of the report of the Secretariat and requested the Government of India to report on the findings of the structural studies to be undertaken with the World Heritage Fund emergency assistance grant at its twenty-second session of the Bureau in June/July 1998. Furthermore, it requested the Government of India to keep the Secretariat informed in the meantime, to enable UNESCO to mobilize additional international cooperation to ascertain the present condition of the property to undertake corrective measures as required. The ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Sun Temple, Konârak
Country: India
VII.51 Tyre (Lebanon) Noting that the Directorate General of Antiquities had already carried out a series of conservation activities, but concerned with regard to existing threats, the Committee commended the Lebanese authorities for the quality of the protection work carried out successfully and recommended that particular attention be paid to the rapid preparation of a master plan covering all the archaeological zones of Tyre and its surroundings, including the City of Tyre. The Committee reminded the Lebanese authorities that the Secretariat had already stated its willingness to ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Tyre
Country: Lebanon
VII.53 Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin, Grenada (Spain) Following the session of the Bureau in June 1997, the work on the Rey Chico festivities hall situated between the Alhambra and the Albayzin on the left bank of the Rio Darro had been halted and a UNESCO-ICOMOS mission was undertaken in November 1997. The conclusions of the mission were the following: 1. the building as such does not pose major problems, 2. however, the use of the building as a festivities hall for 1000 people is incompatible with the site (access roads, traffic, noise etc.). It is recommended, therefore, that ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada
Country: Spain
VII.31 The Bureau at its twenty-first extraordinary session examined reports on the state of conservation of fifty-one properties inscribed on the World Heritage List (nineteen natural, three mixed and twenty-nine cultural). The Committee examined twenty-one of them (nine natural, one mixed and eleven cultural properties) and noted the decisions of the twentyfirst extraordinary session of the Bureau on the remaining properties as reflected in working documents WHC-97/CONF.208/4B (Report of the Bureau) and WHC-97/CONF.208/8B.Rev.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
VII.32 Manovo-Gounda-St.Floris National Park (Central African Republic) The Committee recalled that it inscribed this property on the World Heritage List in 1988, following assurances given by the State Party in respect of its commitment to improve the conditions of integrity of the Park, notably with regard to poaching and illegal grazing. A 10- year project, financed by the European Union (EU) at a cost of US$ 27 million, and launched soon after the inscription of this site on the World Heritage List, was expected to show positive results in the future. The Committee was seriously ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park
Country: Central African Republic
VII.35 Iguacu National Park (Brazil) The Bureau at its twenty-first session learned that a local organisation had started a campaign to re-open a road, closed in 1986 to strengthen protection of the Park, and that in early May 1997, 800 people had invaded the Park and set up camp to begin unauthorised work to clear that road. IUCN informed the Bureau that the road has been closed, but plans to rehabilitate damaged areas were uncertain and political pressure to re-open the road still prevailed. The Centre informed the Committee that a facsimile was received from the Brazilian ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Iguaçu National Park
Country: Brazil
VII.36 Dja Faunal Reserve (Cameroon) The Committee noted with concern that logging activities, carried out under commercial, as well as sustainable forestry schemes, are contributing to the growing biological isolation of the Reserve and are not welcome by the local people. An IUCN project is aiming to minimise the degree of the Reserve's isolation through the establishment of a buffer zone and a protected corridor linking Dja with adjacent forests. New logging roads facilitate access for hunters, and concessionaires have logged forests up to the boundary of the Reserve. Staff belonging ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Dja Faunal Reserve
Country: Cameroon
VII.37 Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks (Canada) The Committee noted with concern the potential threats to the integrity of this site due to the proposed Cheviot Mine Project, designed to exploit a large, open-pit coal mine, located 1.8 km from the Jasper National Park portion of this World Heritage area. Despite the fact that during the environmental assessment process conservation organizations and Parks Canada expressed concern regarding the negative impacts, e.g. loss or alienation of wildlife habitat, impacts on essential wildlife travel corridors etc., which the proposed mining ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
Country: Canada
VII.38 Galapagos National Park (Ecuador) The Committee took note of the detailed report provided by the Government of Ecuador on 15 November 1997 concerning the situation of the Galapagos Islands as well as of further information by IUCN. The Committee decided the following: 1) Noting the relevant decisions taken by the World Heritage Committee at its 19th and 20th sessions, and by the Bureau of the Committee at its 20th and 21st sessions in June 1996 and June 1997 respectively; 2) Commending the recent efforts and commitment of the Government of Ecuador to address the complex threats ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Galápagos Islands
Country: Ecuador
VII.39 Kamchatka Volcanoes (Russian Federation) IUCN summarised its recent report, prepared by two experts who visited this site at the invitation of the Russian Federation for Environmental Protection. IUCN reviewed a proposed mining project, whose location was determined to be about 5 km outside of the World Heritage area. The location of the mine may not pose a major environmental or aesthetic problem but would disrupt migratory wildlife of the region and fisheries resources. While the question of whether or not mining and conservation can co-exist in the area is yet to be answered, ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Volcanoes of Kamchatka
Country: Russian Federation
VII.40 Canaima National Park (Venezuela) The Committee recalled that, when it inscribed this site on the World Heritage List in 1994, it requested that IUCN and the State Party discuss and agree upon boundaries for the World Heritage site. Since then, although the boundaries of the World Heritage site still remain to be finalised, the national electricity company (EDELCA) has proposed to erect a series of power transmission lines across about 160 km of the Park. An adequate environmental impact study has not been conducted and traditional Pemon communities inhabiting the area are ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Canaima National Park
Country: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
VII.41 The Committee noted the decisions of the twenty-first extraordinary session of the Bureau as reflected in the Report of the Bureau session (Working Document WHC-97/CONF.208/4B Section III.A.c), on the following natural properties: Great Barrier Reef (Australia) Belovezhskaya Pushcha/Bialowieza Forest (Belarus/Poland) Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves/La Amistad National Park (Costa Rica/Panama) Shirakami Sanchi and Yakushima Island (Japan) Whale Sanctuary of El Viscaino (Mexico) Arabian Oryx Sanctuary (Oman) Lake Baikal (Russian Federation) Virgin Komi Forests (Russian ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Białowieża Forest Durmitor National Park Great Barrier Reef Ha Long Bay Lake Baikal Shirakami-Sanchi Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park Virgin Komi Forests Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
Country: Australia Belarus Costa Rica Japan Mexico Montenegro Oman Panama Poland Russian Federation Viet Nam
VII.42 Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (Peru) The Committee, having examined the report of IUCN and ICOMOS, expressed its concern about the deficient management arrangements for the Sanctuary and urged the Peruvian authorities to establish an adequate management structure for the site. It furthermore recommended them to prepare a comprehensive master plan as an overall guiding instrument for conservation, planning, infrastructural interventions, tourism development, etc. The Committee requested the Peruvian authorities to examine the report with great attention and to transmit its ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Country: Peru
VII.43 The Committee noted the decisions of the twenty-first extraordinary session of the Bureau as reflected in the Report of the Bureau session (Working Document WHC- 97/CONF.208/4B Section III.B.c), on the following mixed properties: Kakadu National Park (Australia) Tasmanian Wilderness (Australia).  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Kakadu National Park Tasmanian Wilderness
Country: Australia
VII.44 Butrinti (Albania) The Committee took note of the report of the UNESCO-ICOMOS-Butrint Foundation assessment mission to the World Heritage site of Butrinti, Albania. It expressed its serious concern about the damages caused to the World Heritage site and about its conditions in terms of protection, management and conservation. The Committee noted that the Minister of Culture of Albania, by letter dated 20 November, fully endorsed the report and requested the World Heritage Committee to inscribe Butrinti on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Committee welcomed the Minister's ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Butrint
Country: Albania
VII.52 Kathmandu Valley (Nepal) The World Heritage Committee at its seventeenth session in 1993 expressed deep concern over the state of conservation of the Kathmandu Valley site and considered the possibility of placing this site on the List of World Heritage in Danger, following discussions on the findings of the 1993 Joint UNESCO-ICOMOS Review Mission (hereafter referred to as the 1993 Mission). Since then, H.M. Government of Nepal has given priority to responding to the sixteen points of concern raised by the 1993 Mission. However, the Bureau, at its twenty-first session (June ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Kathmandu Valley
Country: Nepal
VII.54 Complex of Hué Monuments (Vietnam) The Committee took note of the information provided by the Secretariat concerning damage caused by the 24 September 1997 typhoon to the historic buildings of Hué; and of continued building violations in the buffer zones which may undermine the integrity of this site. The Committee expressed its appreciation for the agreement for decentralized co-operation between the Province of Hué, the City of Lille and UNESCO, which should enable a thorough review of the land-use and building regulations of the protected area and the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Complex of Hué Monuments
Country: Viet Nam
VII.55 The Committee noted the decisions of the twenty-first extraordinary session of the Bureau on the following cultural properties as reflected in the report of the Bureau session, Working Documents WHC-97/CONF.208/4B Section III.C.c): Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site (El Salvador) Le Canal du Midi (France) Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (France) Ashanti Traditional Buildings (Ghana) Maya Site of Copan (Honduras) Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri (India) Quseir Amra (Jordan) Town of Luang Prabang (Lao People's Democratic Republic) Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Ancient City of Damascus Ancient City of Polonnaruwa Ancient City of Sigiriya Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro Asante Traditional Buildings Baroque Churches of the Philippines Canal du Midi Golden Temple of Dambulla Historic Areas of Istanbul Historic Centre of Bukhara Historic Town of Zabid Island of Mozambique Joya de Cerén Archaeological Site Maya Site of Copan Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan Quseir Amra Sacred City of Anuradhapura Sacred City of Kandy Taj Mahal Town of Luang Prabang
Country: El Salvador France Ghana Honduras India Jordan Lao People's Democratic Republic Mexico Mozambique Pakistan Philippines Spain Sri Lanka Syrian Arab Republic Turkey Uzbekistan Yemen
"The World Heritage Committee, Emphasizing that the Constitutional Act of UNESCO which foresees that it will assist in maintaining, advancing and diffusing knowledge whilst protecting the conservation and safeguarding of universal heritage and in recommending to concerned peoples of international conventions to this effect, Recalling that Article 1 of the Convention concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage considers as "cultural heritage" the monuments, groups of buildings and sites which are of outstanding universal value from the historical, aesthetic or ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
VIII.11 The World Heritage Committee, Emphasizing that the Constitutional Act of UNESCO which foresees that it will assist in maintaining, advancing and diffusing knowledge whilst protecting the conservation and safeguarding of universal heritage and in recommending to concerned peoples of international conventions to this effect, Recalling that Article 1 of the Convention concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage considers as "cultural heritage" the monuments, groups of buildings and sites which are of outstanding universal value from the historical, aesthetic ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
VIII.1 The Committee examined eight natural nominations and two mixed sites received for review by IUCN. The Committee noted that two sites had been withdrawn by States Parties: Fossil Forest of Dunarobba (Italy) and Vodlozero National Park (Russian Federation) before the twenty-first session of the Bureau. The Committee recalled that the Bureau at its twenty-first session had decided not to examine the nomination of Biogradska Gora National Park (No. 838) submitted by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) as well as the nomination of Central Karakorum National Park ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Country: Italy Pakistan Russian Federation Serbia
Heard and McDonald Islands 577Rev. Australia N(i)(ii) The Committee inscribed this property under criteria (i) and (ii). It noted that this site is the only volcanically active sub-Antarctic island and illustrates ongoing geomorphic processes and glacial dynamics in the coastal and submarine environment and sub-Antarctic flora and fauna, with no record of alien species. The Committee repeated its request by the sixteenth session for further documentation on the marine resources of the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Heard and McDonald Islands
Country: Australia
Macquarie Island 629 Rev. Australia N(i)(iii) The Committee recalled that it had referred this nomination back to Australia in order that new material can be assessed. In presenting its revised evaluation, IUCN stated that the nomination had been submitted for its geological and not for its biological values, and that the sixteenth session of the Committee declined the nomination requesting Australia to consider Macquarie Island for its biological values and had noted its potential as part of an international World Heritage site with the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand. ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Macquarie Island
Country: Australia
Sundarbans 798 Bangladesh N(ii)(iv) The Committee recalled that the Bureau had suggested that the initial nomination was of insufficient size and encouraged the authorities of Bangladesh to consider enlarging the nomination to include the Sundarbans East and South Wildlife Sanctuaries. It commended the Government of Bangladesh for responding to this request to extend the boundaries of the site to now include all three wildlife sanctuaries. The Committee inscribed the site under criteria (ii) and (iv) as one of the largest remaining areas of mangroves in the world, which supports ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: The Sundarbans
Country: Bangladesh
Cocos Island National Park 820 Costa Rica N(ii)(iv) The Committee inscribed Cocos Island National Park under natural criteria (ii) and (iv) because of the critical habitats the site provides for marine wildlife including large pelagic species, especially sharks. The Committee commended the Government of Costa Rica for its initiative to incorporate the marine environment into the Park and encouraged it to extend management from 8km to the 15km legal limit around the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Cocos Island National Park
Country: Costa Rica
Morne Trois Pitons National Park 814   Dominica   N(i)(iv) The Committee inscribed the Morne Trois Pitons National Park on the basis of natural criteria (i) and (iv) for its diverse flora with endemic species of vascular plants, its volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls, illustrating ongoing geo-morphological processes with high scenic value. The Committee commended the authorities of Dominica for their response to the Bureau's request to provide a time frame for the revision of the management plan and for having submitted a technical assistance request for this ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Morne Trois Pitons National Park
Country: Dominica
Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest 800 Kenya N(ii)(iii) The Committee recalled that the Bureau at its twenty-first session expressed concern about illegal deforestation and encroachment on the slopes of Mt. Kenya and had recommended that the Kenyan authorities reduce the size of the nominated area by excluding heavily impacted forests. The Committee commended the Kenyan authorities for their response to the Bureau's request and the details provided on actions to be taken to improve the management of the forest zone and a map of the revised boundaries of the property. The ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest
Country: Kenya
Sibiloi/Central Island National Parks 801 Kenya N(i)(iv) The Committee inscribed this property on the basis of natural criteria (i) and (iv) for the discoveries of mammal fossil remains in the site which led to the scientific reconstruction of the palaeo-environment of the entire Turkana Lake basin of the Quarternary Period. The Lake Turkana ecosystem with its diverse bird life and desert environment offers an exceptional laboratory for studies of plant and animal communities. The Committee expressed its concern and drew the attention of the Kenyan authorities to illegal grazing by ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Lake Turkana National Parks
Country: Kenya
The Valley of Vinales Pinar del Rio 840 Cuba The Committee noted that the site does not meet the natural criteria, lacked clearly defined boundaries and does not have sufficient legal protection. Hence, the Committee decided not to inscribe this site on the List. The Committee noted that the Cuban authorities may wish to consider nominating the area as a cultural landscape.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Viñales Valley
Country: Cuba
Natural Reserve El Triunfo 807 Mexico The Committee noted that the twenty-first extraordinary session of the Bureau decided, after having heard the evaluation by IUCN, to bring this nomination to the twenty-first session of the Committee. In presenting its evaluation, IUCN noted that the field inspection originally planned for March had to be postponed until November. The conclusions of the report were: (1) the site is one of high importance for conservation within Mexico but, however, in the regional context it is one of many cloud forest protected areas; (2) the conditions of ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Country: Mexico
VIII.4 The Committee examined the state of conservation reports contained in Working Document WHC-97/CONF.208/8BRev and decided to include the following natural properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger: - Okapi Faunal Reserve (Democratic Republic of the Congo) - Kahuzi-Biega National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) - Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park (Central African Republic)  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Kahuzi-Biega National Park Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Country: Central African Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo
VIII.5 The Committee examined the state of conservation reports contained in Working Document WHC-97/CONF.208/8A and decided to remove the following natural property from the List of World Heritage in Danger: - Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia)  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Country: Croatia
Pyrénées - Mount Perdu 773 France/Spain N(i)(iii) C(iii)(iv)(v) The Committee inscribed the site under natural criteria (i) and (iii). The calcareous massif of the Mount Perdu displays classic geological land forms, including deep canyons and spectacular cirque walls. It is also an outstanding scenic landscape with meadows, lakes, caves and forests on mountain slopes. In addition, the area is of high interest to science and conservation. Concerning cultural values, the Committee inscribed the property on the basis of criteria (iii), (iv) and (v): The ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
Country: France Spain
The Committee examined the state of conservation reports contained in Working Document WHC-97/CONF.208/8BRev and decided to include the following cultural property on the List of World Heritage in Danger: - Butrinti (Albania)  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Butrint
Country: Albania
Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape 806 Austria C(iii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of criteria (iii) and (iv), considering that the Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut alpine region is an outstanding example of a natural landscape of great beauty and scientific interest which also contains evidence of a fundamental human economic activity, the whole integrated in a harmonious and mutually beneficial ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape
Country: Austria
The Historic Centre of Sao Luis 821 Brazil C(iii)(iv)(v) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (iii), (iv) and (v), considering that the Historic Centre of São Luis do Maranhão is an outstanding example of a Portuguese colonial town that adapted successfully to the climatic conditions in equatorial South America and which has preserved its urban fabric, harmoniously integrated with its natural setting, to an exceptional ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Historic Centre of São Luís
Country: Brazil
The Old Town of Lijiang 811 China C (ii)(iv)(v) The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iv) and (v). Lijiang is an exceptional ancient town set in a dramatic landscape which represents the harmonious fusion of different cultural traditions to produce an urban landscape of outstanding quality.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Old Town of Lijiang
Country: China
The Ancient City of Ping Yao 812 China C (ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii), (iii) and (iv), considering that the Ancient City of Ping Yao is an outstanding example of a Han Chinese city of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (14th-20th centuries) that has retained all its features to an exceptional degree and in doing so provides a remarkably complete picture of cultural, social, economic, and religious development during one of the most seminal periods of Chinese ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Ancient City of Ping Yao
Country: China
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou 813 China C(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v), considering that the four classical gardens of Suzhou are masterpieces of Chinese landscape garden design in which art, nature, and ideas are integrated perfectly to create ensembles of great beauty and peaceful harmony, and four gardens are integral to the entire historic urban plan. The Committee, however, recommended that the State Party submit a nomination to extend the World Heritage protection to cover ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Country: China
The Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Porec 809 Croatia C(ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii), (iii) and (iv), considering that the Episcopal complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the historic centre of Porec is an outstanding example of an early Christian episcopal ensemble that is exceptional by virtue of its completeness and its unique Basilican cathedral.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč
Country: Croatia
The Historic City of Trogir 810 Croatia C(ii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv), considering that Trogir is an excellent example of a medieval town built on and conforming with the layout of a Hellenistic and Roman city that has conserved its urban fabric to an exceptional degree and with the minimum of modern interventions, in which the trajectory of social and cultural development is clearly visible in every aspect of the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Historic City of Trogir
Country: Croatia
San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba 841 Cuba C(iv)(v) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (iv) and (v), considering that the Castle of San Pedro de la Roca and its associated defensive works are of exceptional value because they constitute the largest and most comprehensive example of the principles of Renaissance military engineering adapted to the requirements of European colonial powers in the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba
Country: Cuba
The Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn 822 Estonia C(ii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv), considering that Tallinn is an outstanding and exceptionally complete and well preserved example of a medieval northern European trading city that retains the salient features of this unique form of economic and social community to a remarkable degree.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn
Country: Estonia
The Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne 345rev. France C(ii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv), considering that the historic town of Carcassonne is an excellent example of a medieval fortified town whose massive defences were constructed on walls dating from Late Antiquity. It is of exceptional importance by virtue of the restoration work carried out in the second half of the 19th century by Viollet-le-Duc, which had a profound influence on subsequent developments in conservation principles and ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne
Country: France
The 18th Century Royal Palace at Caserta, with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex 549rev Italy C(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv), considering that the monumental complex at Caserta, whilst cast in the same mould as other 18th century royal establishments, is exceptional for the broad sweep of its design, incorporating not only an imposing palace and park, but also much of the surrounding natural landscape and an ambitious new town laid out according to the urban planning ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex
Country: Italy
Residences of the Royal House of Savoy 823 Italy C(i)(ii)(iv)(v) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), (iv) and (v), considering that the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in and around Turin represent a comprehensive overview of European monumental architecture in the 17th and 18th centuries, using style, dimensions, and space to illustrate in an exceptional way the prevailing doctrine of absolute monarchy in material ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Country: Italy
The Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua 824 Italy C(ii)(iii) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iii), considering that the Botanical Garden of Padua is the original of all botanical gardens throughout the world, and represents the birth of science, of scientific exchanges, and understanding of the relationship between nature and culture. It has made a profound contribution to the development of many modern scientific disciplines, notably botany, medicine, chemistry, ecology, and ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua
Country: Italy
Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) 826 Italy C(ii)(iv)(v) The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of criteria (ii), (iv) and (v), considering that the eastern Ligurian Riviera between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural site of outstanding value, representing the harmonious interaction between people and nature to produce a landscape of exceptional scenic quality that illustrates a traditional way of life that has existed for a thousand years and continues to play an important socio-economic role in the life of the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
Country: Italy
The Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena 827 Italy C(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv), considering that the joint creation of Lanfranco and Wiligelmo is a masterpiece of human creative genius in which a new dialectical relationship between architecture and sculpture was created in Romanesque art. The Modena complex bears exceptional witness to the cultural traditions of the 12th century and is one of the best examples of an architectural complex where religious and civic values are combined ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena
Country: Italy
The Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculanum and Torre Annunziata 829 Italy C(iii)(iv)(v) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (iii), (iv) and (v), considering that the impressive remains of the towns of Pompei and Herculaneum and their associated villas, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, provide a complete and vivid picture of society and daily life at a specific moment in the past that is without parallel anywhere in the world. The Committee asked Italy to submit a progress report in time for the Bureau meeting in June 1998, on ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
Country: Italy
The Costiera Amalfitana 830 Italy C(ii)(iv)(v) The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of criteria (ii), (iv) and (v), considering that the Costiera Amalfitana is an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values resulting from its dramatic topography and historical evolution.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Costiera Amalfitana
Country: Italy
The Archaeological Area of Agrigento 831 Italy C(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv), considering that Agrigento was one of the greatest cities of the ancient Mediterranean world, and it has been preserved in an exceptionally intact condition. Its great row of Doric temples is one of the most outstanding monuments of Greek art and culture.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Archaeological Area of Agrigento
Country: Italy
Villa Romana del Casale 832 Italy C(i)(ii)(iii) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (i), (ii) and (iii), considering that the Villa del Casale at Piazza Armerina is the supreme example of a luxury Roman villa, which graphically illustrates the predominant social and economic structure of its age. The mosaics that decorate it are exceptional for their artistic quality and invention as well as their extent. The Committee asked the State Party to provide a report on the conservation and management of the site and in particular on the monitoring of ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Villa Romana del Casale
Country: Italy
Su Nuraxi di Barumini 833 Italy C(i)(iii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of cultural criteria (i), (iii) and (iv), considering that the nuraghe of Sardinia, of which Su Nuraxi is the pre-eminent example, represent an exceptional response to political and social conditions, making an imaginative and innovative use of the materials and techniques available to a prehistoric island community.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Su Nuraxi di Barumini
Country: Italy
The Ch'angdokkung Palace Complex 816 Korea (Republic of) C(ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii), (iii) and (iv), considering that the Ch'angdokkung Palace Compound is an outstanding example of Far Eastern palace architecture and garden design, exceptional for the way in which the buildings are integrated into and harmonized with the natural setting, adapting to the topography and retaining indigenous tree ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Changdeokgung Palace Complex
Country: Republic of Korea
Hwasong Fortress 817 Korea (Republic of) C(ii)(iii) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iii), considering that the Hwasong Fortress is an outstanding example of early modern military architecture, incorporating the most highly developed features of that science from both east and west. The Delegate of the Republic of Korea thanked the Committee for having decided to inscribe the above two sites on the World Heritage ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Hwaseong Fortress
Country: Republic of Korea
The Historic Centre of Riga 852 Latvia C(i)(ii) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (i) and (ii), considering that the historic centre of Riga, while retaining its medieval and later urban fabric relatively intact, is of outstanding universal value by virtue of the quality and the quantity of its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture, which is unparalleled anywhere in the world, and its 19th century architecture in ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Historic Centre of Riga
Country: Latvia
Hospicio Cabanas, Guadalajara 815 Mexico C(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv), considering that the Hospicio Cabañas is a unique architectural complex, designed to respond to social and economic requirements for housing the sick, the aged, the young, and the needy, which provides an outstanding solution of great subtlety and humanity. It also houses one of the acknowledged masterpieces of mural ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara
Country: Mexico
The Archaeological Site of Volubilis 836 Morocco C(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi) The Committee decided to inscribe the Archaeological Site of Volubilis on the basis of criteria (ii), (iii), (iv) and (vi), considering that this site is an exceptionally well preserved example of a large Roman colonial town on the fringes of the Empire.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Archaeological Site of Volubilis
Country: Morocco
The Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin) 837 Morocco C(ii)(iv)(v) The Committee decided to inscribe the Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin) on the basis of criteria (ii), (iv) and (v), considering that it is an exceptionally well preserved and complete example of this type of historic town, displaying all the features of the high Andalusian culture.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin)
Country: Morocco
Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha 666rev. Nepal C(iii)(vi) The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of criteria (iii) and (vi). As the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, the sacred area of Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world's great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from a very early period. The Delegate of Thailand declared that apart from Lumbini, there are two other sites closely associated with Buddha which are in the process of preparation to be presented as serial ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha
Country: Nepal
The Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout 818 Netherlands C(i)(ii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of criteria (i), (ii) and (iv) considering that the Kinderdijk-Elshout mill network is an outstanding man-made landscape that bears powerful testimony to human ingenuity and fortitude over nearly a millennium in draining and protecting an area by the development and application of hydraulic technology.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout
Country: Netherlands
The Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour 819 Netherlands C(ii)(iv)(v) The Committee decided to inscribe this site on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iv) and (v), considering that the Historic Area of Willemstad is a European colonial ensemble in the Caribbean of outstanding value and integrity, which illustrates the organic growth of a multicultural community over three centuries and preserves to a high degree significant elements of the many strands that came together to create ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao
Country: Netherlands
Rohtas Fort 586rev Pakistan C(ii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv), considering that the Rohtas Fort is an exceptional example of the Muslim military architecture of central and south Asia, which blends architectural and artistic traditions from Turkey and the Indian sub-continent to create the model for Mughal architecture and its subsequent refinements and adaptations.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Rohtas Fort
Country: Pakistan
Historic District of the Town of Panama with the Salon Bolivar 790 Panama C(ii)(iv)(vi) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iv) and (vi), considering that Panamá was the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas, in 1519, and the Historic District preserves intact a street pattern, together with a substantial number of early domestic buildings, which are exceptional testimony to the nature of this early settlement. The Salón Bolivar is of outstanding historical importance, as the venue for ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá
Country: Panama
The Medieval Town of Torun 835 Poland C(ii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv), considering that Torun is a small historic trading city that preserves to a remarkable extent its original street pattern and outstanding early buildings, and which provides an exceptionally complete picture of the medieval way of life.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Medieval Town of Toruń
Country: Poland
The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork 847 Poland C(ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii), (iii) and (iv), considering that Malbork Castle is the supreme example of the medieval brick castle that characterizes the unique architecture of the Crusading Teutonic Order in eastern Europe. It is also of considerable historical significance for the evidence that it provides of the evolution of the modern philosophy and practice of restoration and conservation. Following the inscription of these two properties from Poland, the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork
Country: Poland
Las Médulas 803 Spain C(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv), considering that the Las Médulas gold-mining area is an outstanding example of innovative Roman technology, in which all the elements of the ancient landscape, both industrial and domestic, have survived to an exceptional degree. The Delegate of Thailand informed the Committee that he was unable to accept the inscription of this site as a cultural property as it did not correspond to the definitions given in Article 1 of the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Las Médulas
Country: Spain
The Palau de la Musica and the Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona 804 Spain C(i)(ii)(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe these two properties on the basis of criteria (i), (ii) and (iv), considering that the Palau de la Música Catalana and the Hospital de Sant Pau in Barcelona are masterpieces of the imaginative and exuberant Art Nouveau that flowered in early 20th century Barcelona.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona
Country: Spain
San Millan Yuso and Suso Monasteries 805 Spain C(ii)(iv)(vi) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii), (iv) and (vi), considering that the Monasteries of Suso and Yuso at San Millán de la Cogolla are exceptional testimony to the introduction and continuous survival of Christian monasticism, from the 6th century to the present day. The property is also of outstanding associative significance as the birthplace of the modern written and spoken Spanish ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries
Country: Spain
San Millan Yuso and Suso Monasteries 805 Spain C(ii)(iv)(vi) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii), (iv) and (vi), considering that the Monasteries of Suso and Yuso at San Millán de la Cogolla are exceptional testimony to the introduction and continuous survival of Christian monasticism, from the 6th century to the present day. The property is also of outstanding associative significance as the birthplace of the modern written and spoken Spanish ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries
Country: Spain
Dougga/Thugga 794 Tunisia C(ii)(iii) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iii), considering that Dougga is the best preserved Roman small town in North Africa and as such provides an exceptional picture of everyday life in antiquity.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Dougga / Thugga
Country: Tunisia
Maritime Greenwich 795 United Kingdom C(i)(ii)(iv)(vi) The Committee decided to inscribe this property on the basis of cultural criteria (i), (ii), (iv) and (vi), considering that the public and private buildings and the Royal Park at Greenwich form an exceptional ensemble that bears witness to human artistic and scientific endeavour of the highest quality, to European architecture at an important stage of its evolution, and to the creation of a landscape that integrates nature and culture in a harmonious whole. The Delegate of Morocco informed the Committee that he felt that the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Maritime Greenwich
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The Committee took note of Information Documents WHC-97/CONF.208/INF.7, WHC-97/CONF.208/INF.8, WHC-97/CONF.INF.12 and WHC-97/CONF.208/INF.13. IX.1 The Global Strategy approved by the Committee in 1994 aims at improving the representivity of cultural heritage on the World Heritage List and redressing the imbalance due to the pre-eminence of Europe, Christianity and monumental architecture, as well as to encourage the nomination of properties illustrating archaeological, industrial and technical heritage from non-European cultures and, in general, of all living cultures, particularly ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
IX.10 The Committee reviewed the proposals for Global Strategy activities for 1998 and 1999. The Committee approved the following budget including the items for IUCN and ICOMOS, foreseen in Chapter II of WHC-97/CONF.208/13:  Summary Budget for the Global Strategy, 1998 to 1999 WHF 1998 Expert Meeting on Cultural Landscapes in Africa, Kenya US$ 40,000 Global Strategy Meeting for the Caribbean region, Martinique US$ 35,000 Follow-up Global Strategy meeting for the Pacific, Vanuatu US$ 30,000 Sub-regional meeting on Central Asian ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
X.1 The Committee examined International Assistance requests submitted by States Parties and advisory bodies presented in Working Document WHC-97/CONF.208/12Rev. In accordance with paragraphs 91-117 of the Operational Guidelines, the Committee took decisions concerning International Assistance requests for natural and cultural heritage above US$ 30,000. X.2 The Committee's decisions and comments concerning International Assistance requests for natural and cultural heritage have been summarized in the following tables.   NATURAL HERITAGE 1. ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
Sites: Asante Traditional Buildings Butrint Complex of Hué Monuments Kaziranga National Park Khami Ruins National Monument Manas Wildlife Sanctuary W-Arly-Pendjari Complex
Country: Albania Austria Brazil Democratic Republic of the Congo Ghana India Mexico Niger Viet Nam Zimbabwe
XI.3 The Deputy Comptroller of UNESCO then introduced the financial statements of the World Heritage Fund for 1996 as well as the provisional accounts for 1997 as of 31August 1997 of which the Committee took note. One delegate drew the attention of the Committee to the fact that the cash at bank of the Fund was in excess of US$ 5 million and considered that this balance was unnecessarily blocked. He was informed that this balance should be reduced over time through the implementation ofthe increased budget. The Delegate of Italy stated that he considered the staff costs should not be ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
XI.8 The delegates expressed the wish that future work plans and budgets submitted to the World Heritage Committee be prepared based on precise forecasts of the resources and identified needs and priorities. XI.9 A draft resolution prepared by the Italian Delegation and discussed earlier was distributed as amended by a working group created by the Chairperson for this purpose (Italy, Benin, Japan, Thailand, France, Lebanon and Germany). The text of this resolution approved by the Committee is the following: Resolution presented by Italy "The Committee, Underlining its responsibilities ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
XI.7 The Committee then examined the different budget chapters and components and took the following decisions: XI.7.1 Chapter I The amount proposed for participation in statutory meetings is available to all developing States Parties. The amount was increased from US$ 70,000 to US$ 80,000.The amount proposed for co-ordination with other Conventions and programmes, etc. was approved. The Centre will make a report on the use of this amount at the Bureau meeting to be held in June 1998 which will decide upon its future use. An amount of US$ 50,000 was approved for the work of the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
XII.16 With regard to partnerships with the media and publishing houses, the Committee expressed concern about the use of the emblem and quality control The Committee requested the Consultative Body to submit to it recommendations on the use of the emblem and guidelines for fund-raising. This would allow the development of a policy for outside partnerships that the Centre would implement. The Delegates of China and Japan commended the efforts of the Centre in building partnerships with the media, stating that in their countries World Heritage films produced by Beijing Television and Tokyo ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
XIII.3 [...] During a short discussion certain amendments were proposed to the Recommendation in Document WHC-97CONF.208/15 (Annex VIII).
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
XIII.3 [...] During a short discussion certain amendments were proposed to the Recommendation in Document WHC-97CONF.208/15 (Annex VIII).
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
XIV.1 The Committee decided that the twenty-second session of the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee would be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 22 to 27 June 1998. XIV.2 The Committee adopted the provisional agenda for the Bureau's session which is attached as ANNEX IX.  
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
XV.1 The Committee decided that, following the invitation by the Government of Japan previously expressed at the twentieth session of the World Heritage Committee, the twenty-second session of the World Heritage Committee would take place in Kyoto, Japan from 30 November to 5 December 1998 (to be preceded by an extraordinary session of the Bureau on 27 and 28 November 1998). The Committee expressed its gratitude for this generous invitation. XV.2 The Delegate of Morocco informed the Committee that his country would like to host the Committee in 1999. The Chairperson informed the ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997
XVII.1 The Rapporteur presented the draft report of the session to the Committee and thanked the Secretariat for their support in its preparation. Following the examination of the report, the Committee adopted it with the amendments noted and received in written form during its debate. XVII.2 The Delegate of Niger regretted that due to his late arrival he was not able to participate in the discussions on the state of conservation of properties. In referring to paragraph VII.20 concerning Air and Ténéré Reserve (Niger), he informed the Committee that a meeting between ...
Session: 21st session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 208)
Year: 1997