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The Bureau recalled that this site was one of the first natural areas to be inscribed on the World Heritage List. It was abandoned by the staff of the Wildlife Conservation Organization in 1985 due to civil unrest in the area. Since then there are no reliable reports of its condition. A new government is now being formed and hence the Bureau requested that the Secretariat contact the Permanent Delegation for Ethiopia in UNESCO in order to develop mechanisms to obtain an assessment of the present status of this site.
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Simien National Park
Country: Ethiopia
The Secretariat had indicated that it had received, and passed on to the French authorities, another letter from a French association for the protection of the environment drawing attention to potential dangers to this site arising from two projects: the construction of an industrial pig farm and the opening of a leisure park. In reply, the French observer assured the Bureau that neither of these two projects had been authorized, and that the extension and protection of the Mont Saint Michel site was under way at the national level. The Bureau took note of these assurances with ...
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
Country: France
The Bureau took cognizance of the IUCN report on the plan to exploit an iron ore deposit which, though situated outside the Nature Reserve proper, nevertheless lay within the site inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981. The Bureau also noted the remark of a Guinean observer who recalled the commitments contained in the new management plan of the Mont Nimba Biosphere Reserve which the Guinean authorities had recently sent to the Secretariat, and the efforts made by those authorities to reconcile development problems with the conservation requirements of the area. The Bureau recalled ...
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
Country: Côte d'Ivoire Guinea
The Bureau recalled that the Honduran authorities had requested the Committee, at its last session, to include this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Committee had suggested at that time that the Honduran authorities submit a request for international assistance from the World Heritage Fund. The Bureau noted that such a request had not yet been received and urged the Secretariat and IUCN to work through national MAB and IUCN networks in order to bring forward a request for the consideration of the Committee at its forthcoming session.
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
Country: Honduras
The Bureau noted with concern that the integrity of this site continues to be threatened by the invasion of a resistance movement which has burnt buildings, destroyed bridges, killed a number of park guards, looted most Park facilities, poached numerous rhinos, elephants, tigers and other wildlife, removed valuable trees and depleted fish stocks in the Manas River. The Bureau recalled that the Indian authorities were requested by the Committee, in 1989 and in 1990, to nominate this site to the List of World Heritage in Danger. Although the Bureau acknowledged that the survey of the ...
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Country: India
Since this site was removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1988, IUCN, in co-operation with the Direction des Parcs Nationaux du Senegal (DPN) and the Netherlands Research Institute of Nature Management, has prepared an up-date of actions on the management plan with special emphasis on the interactions between the Park and the surrounding communities. IUCN's Regional Office in Dakar, Senegal, organized a Wetland Management Training Course, from 4-15 March 1991, for twelve students from Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Senegal, as part of IUCN's Wetland Programme activities, ...
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Country: Senegal
The Bureau noted that its recommended study of the ecological and socio-economic impacts of the traces of the two roads -across or around the Park - had been successfully carried out by an independent team which had reached the following conclusions: though both roads would adversely affect the integrity of the Park, the road across it would be less damaging in the long term, provided that a number of accompanying measures (specified in detail) were taken before, during and after the work. The Bureau expressed its concern regarding the potential consequences on the integrity of the site ...
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Niokolo-Koba National Park
Country: Senegal
The Bureau recalled that the integrity of this site was threatened by intensive poaching of its elephant and rhino populations during the 1980s. The Bureau was concerned by a proposed plan of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development to open a route through this reserve to drive cattle from the north to the south of Tanzania. Livestock from northern Tanzania carry several bacterial and viral diseases which are easily transmitted to wildlife. The Bureau noted that IUCN's specialist veterinary group have outlined a number of conservation risks of opening the proposed route, and ...
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Selous Game Reserve
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
The Bureau was informed that this site was threatened by a proposed hydropower project which would affect water quality in the Tara River and flood a portion of the Tara Canyon, which is one of this site's World Heritage values. The Bureau was also concerned that the Government of Montenegro, who have authority over the Park, is constructing a large asphalt plant upstream beside the Tara River which is already causing some water pollution. The Bureau requested the Secretariat to contact the Yugoslav authorities in order to clarify the current status of plans for the development of the ...
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Durmitor National Park
Country: Montenegro
The Bureau was concerned that this Park has been abandoned by the staff due to the civil unrest in the region and that destruction of forests and park facilities, hunting of bears and dynamite fishing were occurring due to lack of any supervision of the Park. The Bureau requested the Secretariat to convey its concern to the Yugoslav authorities and urge them to seek a speedy solution to the problem. The Bureau also suggested that if the situation in the region improved in the immediate future, then the Yugoslavian authorities be requested to invite a joint IUCN/UNESCO mission to assess ...
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Country: Croatia
The Bureau was pleased to note that two more rhino calves were born in this site and the rhino population has now risen to 28, almost double that of 1985 when the site was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Bureau was satisfied that the budget for this site has increased by 400% and that as suggested by the Committee at its last session, the Zairois authorities have requested that this site be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Bureau recommended that the Committee recognize that the small rhino population is still vulnerable and therefore continue ...
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Garamba National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Since the last session of the Committee, IUCN has conducted an impact study and recommended that the proposed new road not go through the park but be re-routed around the northern boundaries of the park. The Bureau noted that the study is now being reviewed by the donor financing the road-construction project (KFW and the GTZ of Germany) and that the project also has several implications for the ecology of the region. The Bureau requested IUCN and the Secretariat to follow the progress and submit a report at the next session of the Committee.
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
After having taken cognizance of document SC.91/CONF.001/5, the Bureau approved  request for international assistance in the amount of US$ 30,000 submitted by Cuba for the purchase of 183 cubic metres of timber for the restoration of the structural frames and  panelling of a group of XVIIIthe and XIXth century houses situated in the historic centre of Trinidad. The Bureau wished the architects of the Regional Office for Culture for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Havana and already involved in the international campaign for the preservation of the Plaza Vieja in that city, to ...
Session: 15th session of the Bureau (CONF 001)
Year: 1991
Sites: Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
Country: Costa Rica Cuba
10. The Committee adopted the agenda as it had been set out in Document SC-91/CONF.002/1.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
11. Mr. Azedine Beschaouch (Tunisia) was elected Chairman of the Committee by acclamation. Mr. Diaz Barrio (Mexico) was elected as the Rapporteur, and the following members of the Committee were elected as Vice-Chairpersons: Brazil, France, Senegal, Thailand and the United States of America.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
18. The monitoring report presented by the Secretariat dealt with the following sites: Xanthos-Letoon (Turkey), the City of Valletta (Malta), Shibam (Yemen), National Historical Park - Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers (Haiti), Kathmandu Valley (Nepal), Moenjodaro (Pakistan), and the Madara Rider (Bulgaria). Monitoring visits had been made to seventeen sites by an expert who was in charge of co­ordinating action for the preservation of 115 Mediterranean sites within the framework of the UNEP - Barcelona Convention. These visits had yielded a wealth of information and documentation which ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro City of Valletta Kathmandu Valley Madara Rider Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon National History Park – Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers Old Walled City of Shibam Xanthos-Letoon
Country: Bulgaria Haiti Malta Nepal Pakistan Portugal Turkey Yemen
27. Special attention was given by the Committee to the dangers threatening the World Heritage sites during armed conflict. The Secretariat informed the Committee of the situation of the historical City of Dubrovnik. It also announced the decision of the Director-General to launch an international campaign for the restoration of Dubrovnik. 28. Aware of the fact that it represents 123 States, including Yugoslavia, which are signatories of the Convention, the Committee expressed deep concern about the armed conflict, devastating a region that comprises several sites inscribed on the World ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Old City of Dubrovnik
Country: Croatia
31. Two other observers drew the attention of the Committee to the situation of the cultural heritage in Iraq. One of them requested UNESCO to send a mission to Iraq in order to evaluate the restoration work required on the sites damaged by war. The Secretariat informed the Committee that the Director-General of UNESCO was ready to send an intersectoral mission to Iraq as soon as he receives the agreement of the United Nations Security Council. 32. The Secretariat announced that following a Resolution of the General Conference, a report would be prepared concerning the possibilities for ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Country: Iraq
34. The Committee was satisfied with the joint efforts of the Secretariat and IUCN to provide information on the status of conservation of an increasing number of natural and mixed World Heritage sites. The Committee was informed of the co-operation between UNESCO, UNEP and the World Tourism Organization (WTO) in organizing an international workshop on the sustainable development of tourism in the World Heritage site of Mount Huangshan, China, in October 1991, and of plans for extending this co-operation in 1992­-93 to develop guidelines for tourism development for managers of World ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Wet Tropics of Queensland (Australia) When this site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988, the Committee requested IUCN to provide a report on the status of conservation in 1991. The Committee noted that IUCN had gathered some information but, as requested by the representative of IUCN, deferred the submission of this monitoring report until 1992, to accommodate the findings of a proposed field visit to this site next year.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Wet Tropics of Queensland
Country: Australia
Iguazu National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil) The Committee noted that eight helicopters simultaneously overfly these adjacent sites which cover the same waterfall area. Over 7,000 visitors had registered complaints and local conservation groups are opposed to the use of helicopters in the area because it contravenes legal regulations for air traffic over protected areas. The Brazilian Delegate informed the Committee that a working group had been established to study the matter with a view to introducing more stringent regulatory measures for helicopter ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Iguaçu National Park Iguazu National Park
Country: Argentina Brazil
Pirin National Park (Bulgaria) The Committee noted that the Bulgarian authorities were considering a major expansion of this site to include the area of the Rhodope Mountains and recognized the potential for establishing a transfrontier site with Greece that could be one of the most outstanding sites of Europe. The Committee encouraged the Bulgarian authorities to proceed with the extension of Pirin National Park and submit a nomination for the extension of the site. The Committee also requested the Secretariat to contact the Greek authorities to obtain their views on the possibilities ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Pirin National Park
Country: Bulgaria
Srebarna Biosphere Reserve (Bulgaria) The Committee was concerned to note that the water quality and balance in this small World Heritage site (600 ha) has deteriorated to such an extent that the site is no longer ecologically viable; large colonies of water birds, except for the Dalmation Pelican, are absent, and many of the passerine species have emigrated or occur only in low numbers. The Committee recognized that most problems were attributable to the slow drying of the lake bed, exacerbated by upstream development projects, impacts of nearby pig farms and a rise in the wild boar ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Srebarna Nature Reserve
Country: Bulgaria
Dinosaur Provincial Park (Canada) The Committee noted that IUCN agreed, in principle, to deleting 1,415 acres of privately owned land comprising natural gas deposits from this site and including 1,478 acres of higher geological value as compensation. The Committee noted that the technology used to drill gas wells had low impacts but pointed out that it would be concerned if the drilling extends to sites within the World Heritage property. The Canadian Delegate informed the Committee that the maps of the area clearly showed that the sites which will be drilled are outside the Park ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Dinosaur Provincial Park
Country: Canada
Wood Buffalo National Park (Canada) The Committee recalled that logging was permitted within this site and that as many as 3,200 of the Park's bison population were affected by brucellosis and tuberculosis. The Committee was satisfied to note that forestry regulations are now more strictly enforced by the Canadian Park Service personnel and that negotiations are underway to terminate logging rights before their official expiry in the year 2002. The Committee recognized that the large size of a site is no longer a guarantee for the conservation of this site and development activities in ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Wood Buffalo National Park
Country: Canada
Talamanca-La Amistad (Costa Rica/Panama) The Committee was pleased to note that in accordance with its request the authorities of Costa Rica and Panama had agreed to a single listing of this site. The Committee was satisfied that the Costa Rican authorities had agreed to the IUCN recommendation to delete three Indian reserves and add one forest and wildlife refuge. In accordance with another IUCN recommendation, the Committee urged the Costa Rican authorities to delete four additional Indian reserves in the north-eastern Atlantic sector and provide to the Secretariat a map showing the ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park
Country: Costa Rica Panama
Sangay National Park (Ecuador) The Committee was satisfied to note that the Secretariat, based upon the information provided by IUCN, had sought clarification on the construction of an eight-kilometre highway through this Park. The Committee was pleased to note that the Sub-Secretariat of Forestry and Natural Resources in Ecuador had been able to halt the construction of this road until environmental impact studies are completed. The Committee complimented the Ecuadorean authorities for taking timely action and requested the Secretariat to remind them of the. possibilities for obtaining ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Sangay National Park
Country: Ecuador
Mt.Nimba Nature Reserve (Côte d'Ivoire/Guinea) The Committee recalled that the Bureau at its last session requested the Guinean authorities to submit a new file stating the boundaries of the property receiving adequate protection, and the long-term guarantees for that protection. The Committee was glad to note that such a file had been submitted by the Guinean authorities and that IUCN had undertaken a field mission to evaluate the information provided in that file. The Committee noted that the proposed iron-ore mining site was within the boundaries of the Mt.Nimba Nature Reserve ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
Country: Côte d'Ivoire Guinea
Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras) The Committee noted that there had been a recent change in the national agency responsible for the management of this site. The Vice-President of Honduras requested the Committee at its last session to include this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Committee was informed that the new management authority would submit to the Secretariat a request for international assistance in order to enable the Committee to consider including this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
Country: Honduras
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (India) The Committee recalled that this site had been threatened by the invasion of the Sanctuary by the people of the Bodo tribe in 1989. The Committee was concerned that there had been no response from Indian authorities to its recommendation, made in 1989 and 1990, to nominate this site to the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Committee noted that a survey undertaken by WWF of the surrounding villages might lead to a more co-operative approach to management in the future and a programme for implementing corrective measures has been suggested by members of ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Country: India
Royal Chitwan National Park (Nepal) The Committee was pleased to note that the Irrigation Department and the Nepal Planning Commission have formally dropped their plans for a US$30 million irrigation project to divert the Rapti River which would have seriously threatened the integrity of this Park. A study undertaken by the Government of Nepal and the Asian Development Bank, following the intervention of the Committee, showed the project was environmentally unacceptable and its economic benefits to be doubtful. The Committee commended the Nepalese authorities for taking decisive action ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Chitwan National Park
Country: Nepal
Djoudj National Park (Senegal) The Committee recalled that this site was taken off the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1988, and since then had been the location of a training course from 4-15 March 1991 on Wetland Management, jointly organized by the National Parks Service of Senegal, IUCN's Wetland Programme and the Netherlands Research Institute for Nature Management.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Country: Senegal
Garajonay National Park (Spain) The Committee was informed of a road construction project, funded by EEC as part of a large-scale integrated development scheme for the Island of Gomera. If completed, the road would have had serious impacts on the World Heritage site. The Committee was informed that apparently this threat had now been mitigated. Nevertheless, the Committee asked the Secretariat to write to the Spanish authorities and the EEC emphasizing the need for non­interference with the integrity of this or any other World Heritage site in the implementation of such development ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Garajonay National Park
Country: Spain
Selous Game Reserve (Tanzania) The Committee was glad to be informed that a proposal to open a route through this Park to drive cattle from the north to the south of the country had been abandoned by the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development. If implemented, this project would have exposed the wildlife of Selous to bacterial and viral infection from the cattle and resulted in additional problems such as bush fires, dispersion of cattle, increased poaching and vegetation changes. The Committee commended the Tanzanian authorities for having dropped plans to open the ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Selous Game Reserve
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Olympic National Park (United States of America) The Delegate of the United States of America informed the Committee that on 22 July 1991, a Japanese fishing vessel and a Chinese freighter collided off the Olympic Peninsula resulting in a spill of 70,000 gallons of oil. Coastal areas impacted by the oil spill include those within the National Park. An estimated 40-60% of the beaches were affected by the oil spill with short-term effects seen in the loss of sea birds, sea otters, bald eagles and other beach scavengers. These effects appear to have lessened and have been documented through ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Olympic National Park
Country: United States of America
Durmitor National Park (Yugoslavia) The Committee was concerned about proposals for the construction of a hydro-electric dam on the Tara River which would flood the Tara Canyon and affect water quality of the River. A large asphalt plant upstream was already causing pollution of the river. The Committee recommended that the Yugoslavian authorities provide information on their plans to build a dam along the Tara River and the status of the asphalt plant and a description of their environmental impacts.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Durmitor National Park
Country: Montenegro
Plitvice Lake National Park (Yugoslavia) The Committee expressed deep regret and concern regarding the effects of the civil unrest in the country on the status of conservation of this site. The Park has been abandoned by staff and there is no control of activities inside the Park. The Committee was appreciative of the various appeals launched by the Director-General of UNESCO for peace in the area and expressed the hope that conditions will return to normal soon to permit a joint UNESCO/IUCN mission to review damage and plan rehabilitation ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Country: Croatia
Garamba National Park (Zaire) The Committee was glad to learn that the rhino population in this Park had increased to 31 and the local management capacity and budget have increased substantially. Poaching has also been brought under control. The Minister for Environment and Nature Protection of Zaire, by his letter of 26 February 1991, requested the removal of this site from the list of World Heritage in Danger. Although the Bureau at its last session in June 1991 recommended the removal of this site from the List of World Heritage in Danger, the Committee took note of the fact that in ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Garamba National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kahuzi Biega National Park (Zaire) The Committee was glad to note that the Government of Zaire and the German Ministry for Co-operation (BMZ) have dropped plans to construct a road through this Park. The Committee commended the Government of Zaire for its decision and encouraged the BMZ to continue its technical co-operation to strengthen protection of the Kahuzi Biega National Park.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Simien National Park (Ethiopia) The Committee recalled that this Park was abandoned by its staff in 1985 due to civil unrest in the area. The Committee was happy to note that the site had once again become accessible. On the basis of a report submitted by the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Organization, the Committee was informed that all field stations and other infrastructure of the Park had been destroyed. The Committee recognized the need to begin reconstruction work and noted the possibilities for involving local people in this regard. In the light of the urgency to undertake ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Simien National Park
Country: Ethiopia
9. The General Assembly examined document CLT-91/CONF.013/2 by which the accounts of the World Heritage Fund were submitted to the Assembly in accordance with the Financial Regulations of the Fund. The Assembly was informed of contributions received since 31 August 1991 from several States Parties. A detailed statement of these contributions is given below. State Party Amount Years of contribution (in dollars of the United States of America) CANADA 79,384.00 1991 INDONESIA 7,814.92 1989, 1990 & 1st instalment of $557 for ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
42. The Committee noted with satisfaction the various promotional activities undertaken in 1991 and presented in Document SC-91/CONF.002/6. These activities related to the production and dissemination of information material, support to national activities organized by States Parties to the Convention, as well as participation in special events relating to cultural and natural heritage. In particular, the Committee noted that due to co-operation with States Parties, the production of information material in additional languages had been possible, and that the production of new supporting ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
46. The Committee took note of the report of the Secretariat on the progress made in the preparation for the commemoration in 1992 of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention presented in Document SC-91/CONF.002/7, consisting, on the one hand, of an evaluation of the implementation of the Convention and the elaboration of a strategy for the future, and on the other, of the organization of promotional events at UNESCO Headquarters and elsewhere. 47. With regard to the evaluation, the basis of the work had been prepared during 1991 and an outline submitted to the Committee. A ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
A. Technical co-operation The Committee approved the following requests:   US$ 1. The Madara Rider (Bulgaria) 35,000   Purchase of equipment for drilling, measurement and urgent cleaning of the monument  2. Saint-Stephen Church in Nessebar (Bulgaria) 15,000   Restoration of mural paintings of Saint-Stephen Church  3. Pyramid Plateau at Giza (Egypt) 30,000   Costs for three international experts (an economist, an archaeologist and a landscape designer) in the elaboration of a ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Ancient City of Nessebar Garamba National Park Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum Ichkeul National Park Madara Rider Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur Niokolo-Koba National Park Simien National Park Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park Virunga National Park
Country: Brazil Bulgaria Costa Rica Democratic Republic of the Congo Egypt Ethiopia India Malta Peru Senegal Tunisia
54. The Committee examined document SC-91/CONF.002/9 presenting the status of contributions to the World Heritage Fund for the years 1981-85, 1986-87, 1988-89 and 1990-1991. The Committee was pleased to note that several States Parties such as Brazil, Bulgaria, France, Germany and the United States of America had paid their contribution up to 1990-91 and welcomed the offer of the United States of America to provide an additional US$ 100,000 as a voluntary contribution for the same biennium. The Committee noted with concern that several States Parties have not paid their mandatory ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
56. The Committee examined Document SC-91/CONF.002/10 and recommended that the Secretariat in co-operation with the International Union for Geological Sciences (IUGS), IUCN, and other experts proceed with the revision of the natural heritage criteria to reflect separately geological, biological, ecological and aesthetic phenomena and modify the requested conditions of integrity accordingly. The Committee requested the Secretariat and IUCN to co-operate in the revision of the natural heritage criteria and the conditions of integrity in order to submit draft proposals for the consideration ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
67. The proposals for inscribing the Historical Centre of Boukhara and Historical Monuments of Novgorod and its region were not considered by the Committee because the Bureau decided to defer their examination.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Historic Centre of Bukhara Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings
Country: Russian Federation Uzbekistan
Shark Bay, Western Australia  578 Australia N(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee urged the Australian authorities to expedite the implementation of the management agreement between the State of Western Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia and to accelerate efforts towards more effective management of the area for conservation purposes. The Committee requested IUCN to submit a report on the implementation of these recommendations in 1993.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Shark Bay, Western Australia
Country: Australia
Komodo National Park 609 Indonesia N(iii)(iv) The Committee requested the Indonesian authorities to complete the gazetting process for this site and conduct research on marine areas in order to incorporate marine concerns in the management of this site.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Komodo National Park
Country: Indonesia
Ujung Kulon National Park 608 Indonesia N(iii)(iv) The Committee requested the Indonesian authorities to complete the gazetting process and strengthen the conservation of marine values in the management of the site.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Ujung Kulon National Park
Country: Indonesia
Historic Centre of Morelia 585 Mexico C(ii)(iv)(vi) The Committee requested that the Mexican authorities provide assurances regarding the criterion of authenticity concerning the monuments of this historical centre in accordance with the principles of the Venice Charter.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Historic Centre of Morelia
Country: Mexico
Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves 573 Niger N(ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee commended and encouraged the Government of Niger, particularly the "Direction de la Faune, Pêche et Pisciculture", in their efforts to continue to protect and restore the area.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
Country: Niger
Danube Delta 588 Romania N(iii)(iv) The Committee noted with satisfaction that the recommendations of the Bureau had been taken into account, namely that the Romanian authorities have redefined the boundaries of the property, started to elaborate a management plan and set up a local authority for protection and management. The Committee was informed by the Representative of Romania of the present state of legal protection of the area, the implication of the adoption of the new Constitution of Romania for the legal status of the property and further efforts envisaged by the Government ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Danube Delta
Country: Romania
Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries 591 Thailand N(ii)(iii) (iv) The Committee encouraged the authorities of Thailand to accelerate the implementation of management plans for the two Sanctuaries. The Committee complimented Thailand for rejecting the proposal for the construction of the Nam Choan Dam. The Committee observed that it would be concerned over any proposal that might affect the integrity of adjacent forests in Myanmar. The Committee noted that the Government of Myanmar may nominate these adjacent forests for inscription on the World Heritage List when it becomes a ...
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries
Country: Thailand
66. The Committee examined 29 new proposals for inscription as well as a proposal for an extension of a site already inscribed and decided to inscribe 22 properties on the World Heritage List and one property on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The inscription of two properties was deferred; inscription processes for two other properties were initiated and the requested extension was approved.
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Casbah of Algiers 565  Algeria The Committee decided to initiate the procedure for the inscription of this site on the World Heritage List and, to this effect, requested that a conservation plan taking into account the proposals made by the archaeologists and historians responsible for the preservation of the Casbah of Algiers be prepared.
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Kasbah of Algiers
Country: Algeria
The Old Town of Zamousc 564 Poland The Committee decided to initiate the procedure for the inscription of this site on the World Heritage List and, consequently requested the competent Polish authorities to provide a plan clearly showing the boundaries of the buffer zones.
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Old City of Zamość
Country: Poland
Amphitheatre of Durres 571 Albania While recognizing the importance of this property as part of the cultural heritage of Albania, the Committee considered that it did not meet the criteria for inscription on the World Heritage List as defined for the purposes of the application of the Convention.
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Country: Albania
Tarutao National Park 589 Thailand The Committee urged the authorities of Thailand to strengthen the management of this area by using the marine biosphere reserve approach of UNESCO-MAB which would be most appropriate for addressing marine resources conservation.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Country: Thailand
Warrior's Cemetary and Monuments of Freedom of Riga 605 USSR While recognizing the importance of this property as part of the national cultural heritage, the committee considered that it did not meet the criteria for inscription on the World Heritage List as defined for the purposes of the application of the Convention.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Country: Latvia
Petäjävesi Church 584  Finland The Committee deferred the inscription of this property until ICOMOS is able to provide a more exhaustive study on the universal value of this monument.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Petäjävesi Old Church
Country: Finland
Jasna Gora Monastery  563 Poland The Committee deferred the inscription of this property until a more convincing documentation concerning the artistic value of this site is provided.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Country: Poland
Historic Centre of Lima 500bis Peru  C(iv) The Committee decided to inscribe the area protected by national legislation.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Historic Centre of Lima
Country: Peru
Old City of Dubrovnik 95 Yugoslavia Noting the state of exceptional emergency caused by the armed conflict, the Committee decided to inscribe the Old City of Dubrovnik on the List of World Heritage in Danger, in accordance with Article 11, paragraph 4 of the Convention.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
Sites: Old City of Dubrovnik
Country: Croatia
69. The sixteenth session of the Bureau of the Committee will be held in Paris from 6 to 10 July 1992. 70. The Committee accepted with thanks the generous offer of the United States of America to host the sixteenth session of the World Heritage Committee at Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 6-14 December 1992. This session will be extended in order to permit discussion on the evaluation of the implementation of the World Heritage Convention and its future strategy.  
Session: 15th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1991
The General Assembly,  Elects H.E. Mr Jean Guéguinou (France) as President of the 15th session of the General Assembly ; Elects Mr Nicolas Mathieu (Switzerland) as Rapporteur of the 15th session of the General Assembly ; Elects the Russian Federation and Namibia as Vice-Presidents of the 15th session of the General Assembly.
Session: 15th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (15 GA)
Year: 2005
Country: France Namibia Russian Federation Switzerland
The President of the General Assembly declared the agenda of the session, as presented in document WHC-05/15.GA/2A, adopted.
Session: 15th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (15 GA)
Year: 2005
The General Assembly, Having examined document WHC-05/15.GA/2B, Adopts the timetable for the elections to the World Heritage Committee as amended.
Session: 15th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (15 GA)
Year: 2005
The General Assembly,  Having examined the accounts of the World Heritage Fund for the financial period ending 31 December 2003 (see Section I of document WHC-05/15.GA/INF.5) in conformity with the Financial Regulations of the World Heritage Fund that stipulates that the accounts of the Fund shall be submitted to the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention (Article 6, paragraph 6.4); Approves the accounts of the World Heritage Fund for the financial period ending 31 December 2003; Takes note of the accounts of the World Heritage Fund for 2004-2005, approved by the ...
Session: 15th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (15 GA)
Year: 2005
The General Assembly, Decides to set at 1% of the compulsory contribution to UNESCO the percentage for the calculation of the amount of contributions to be paid to the World Heritage Fund by the States Parties for the financial period 2006-2007.
Session: 15th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (15 GA)
Year: 2005
The Assembly General,  Recalling decision 29 COM 15B of the World Heritage Committee which urges States Parties in arrears to pay their overdue contributions to the World Heritage Fund and invites the Director-General to encourage the States Parties to make voluntary donations to the World Heritage Fund in addition to their contributions as well as encouraging other partners to make similar donations; Takes note of document WHC-05/15.GA/INF.6 on the Statement of compulsory and voluntary contributions to the World Heritage ...
Session: 15th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (15 GA)
Year: 2005
The General Assembly,   Having examined documents WHC-05/15.GA/7 et WHC-05/15.GA/INF.7, Takes note of the report and warmly welcomes the Vienna Memorandum adopted by the International Conference “World Heritage and Contemporary Architecture” (Vienna, 2005); Based on the Vienna Memorandum, adopts the Declaration on the Conservation of Historic Urban Landscapes, as amended by the General Assembly.
Session: 15th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (15 GA)
Year: 2005
The General Assembly,  Having examined document WHC-05/15.GA/8, Takes note with satisfaction of Africa’s Position Paper and encourages the implementation of its recommendations ; Supports the creation of an African World Heritage Fund and invites the States Parties to the Convention to contribute voluntarily to this Fund.
Session: 15th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (15 GA)
Year: 2005
The General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention asks the Secretariat, in cooperation with the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee, to initiate a process until the General Assembly in 2007, to discuss possible alternatives to the present election system to the World Heritage Committee.  The alternative(s) presented to the General Assembly in 2007 should ensure balanced geographical and cultural representation in the Committee, a less time-consuming and less complicated voting system, and better focus on important issues in the proceedings of the General ...
Session: 15th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (15 GA)
Year: 2005
32. The Bureau noted that a proposal to construct a dam across the Batoka Gorge could flood some parts of this transfrontier World Heritage site and that the World Heritage Centre has informed the group of consultancy engineers who are undertaking an environmental impact assessment of the dam construction project of potential threats to the integrity of this site. The Bureau requested the World Heritage Centre to contact the States Parties concerned and obtain more information on the proposed dam construction project for submission to the Committee in December 1992. 33. The Bureau took ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls
Country: Zambia Zimbabwe
The Bureau recalled that the Committee, at its last session, had noted that eight helicopters simultaneously overflew the waterfall area and that local conservation groups opposed the use of the area by helicopters since it contravened legal regulations for air traffic over protected areas. At its last session, the Committee was informed that the Brazilian authorities had established a group to study the matter and had requested the Secretariat to contact the Argentine authorities to obtain lir information on the steps taken by them. The Brazilian authorities have, by their letter of 5 ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Iguaçu National Park Iguazu National Park
Country: Argentina Brazil
The Bureau noted that, as requested by the Committee at the time of the inscription of this property on the World Heritage List in 1988, IUCN had undertaken a mission to the site. The Bureau learnt with satisfaction that despite a slow start, the management of the Wet Tropics area had achieved much progress last year, particularly with respect to: (a) establishing a headquarters and appointment of staff; (b)drafting of legislation; (c) preparing of management plans andsite plans; (d) carrying out a number of policy-relevant studies; (e) setting-up advisory committees and a management ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Wet Tropics of Queensland
Country: Australia
The Bureau recalled that the Committee, at its last session, recommended that the Bulgarian authorities nominate this site for inclusion on the List of World Heritage in Danger because this small (600 hectare) World Heritage site had lost much of its ecological viability. The Bureau was informed that IUCN had undertaken two missions to Bulgaria since the last session of the Committee and that although the site's importance as a Ramsar site and a Biosphere Reserve, in particular within a European context, could still be retained with the implementation of specific remedial actions, its ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Srebarna Nature Reserve
Country: Bulgaria
The Bureau was in agreement with the proposal of the Canadian authorities to delete 423 hectares, where petroleum and natural gas exploration will take place, and add 2,133 hectares of significantly higher conservation value to this site. In effect, the proposed modification of the boundaries of the site has resulted in a net gain of about 1,700 hectares in the total area of this Park. The Bureau recommended that the Committee register the report and the map provided by the Canadian authorities describing the revised boundaries of this World Heritage site.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Dinosaur Provincial Park
Country: Canada
The Bureau was informed of progress achieved by the Canadian authorities in addressing threats to the conservation of this, Ripe site. The Bureau congratulated the Canadian authorities for the programme of action they have set in motion for its conservation. However, the Bureau was in agreement with the fact that safeguarding the World Heritage values of this site require continuous action over the long-term and requested the World Heritage Centre and IUCN to monitor the state of conservation of this site to report to the Committee any problems that may arise.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Wood Buffalo National Park
Country: Canada
The Bureau recalled that when this site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988, several members of the Committee had registered their reservations as to its state of conservation and several threats to its integrity. The Bureau was concerned that despite assurances given to the Committee at the time of its inscription and the US$27 million EEC project in the region, the deterioration of the property had continued and this site still does not have a management plan. The Bureau took note of the intention of the President of the Central African Republic to transfer the management ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park
Country: Central African Republic
The Bureau commended the Panamanian authorities for preventing 59,000 hectares of La Amistad National Park being released for oil exploration. The Bureau noted that the Costa Rican authorities have not responded to the Secretariat's letter of 6 February 1992, requesting them to consider revising the boundaries of the Talamanca-La Amistad Reserves by deleting four Indian Reserves in the north-eastern Atlantic sector and submit a map showing the new boundaries of the site. Furthermore, the Bureau was also informed by the representative of IUCN that earlier plans to construct a road through ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park
Country: Costa Rica Panama
The Bureau noted that the Croatian authorities have officially informed UNESCO that they will abide by the obligations of the World Heritage Convention and requested that a joint UNESCO/IUCN mission be undertaken to assess the impacts which unrest in the region has had on the state of conservation of Plitvice Lake National Park. The Bureau recommended that the Committee, as requested by the Croatian authorities, inscribe Plitvice Lake National Park on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Bureau also decided to set aside an amount upto US$30,000 as emergency assistance to enable the ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Country: Croatia
The Bureau was satisfied to note that the Sub-Secretario Forestal y Recursos Naturales y Renovables which is responsible for the management of this site has been successful in halting a proposed road construction project in order to bring together the relevant provincial and national agencies to discuss the environmental impact of the project and plan mitigating measures. In this regard, the Bureau commended the Ecuadorean authorities for having obtained official approval for including substantial areas south of the World Heritage site into the National Park. The Bureau, however, was ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Sangay National Park
Country: Ecuador
The Bureau was informed that the employees of this World Heritage site recently staged a four-week strike demanding higher salaries and other improvements of their working conditions. The Bureau also noted that a draft tourism and conservation plan for Galapagos is now being finalized and the Master Plan for the management of the Park would have to be revised in the light of the strategies and programme of actions foreseen in the tourism and conservation plan. The Bureau recommended that the World Heritage Centre contact the Ecuadorean authorities and request them to consider undertaking ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Galápagos Islands
Country: Ecuador
The Bureau noted with satisfaction that the Ethiopian authorities have submitted a rehabilitation project for this site. This project is now being implemented with US$50,000 approved by the World Heritage Committee.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Simien National Park
Country: Ethiopia
The Bureau recalled that the Committee at its last session concluded that the reduction in the size of this site proposed by the Government of Guinea in order to exclude areas that would be impacted by a proposed iron-ore mining project, posed a major threat to its integrity. Taking into account that the site also faced several other threats, the Committee, at its last session recommended that the Governments of C6te d'Ivoire and Guinea nominate this site for inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Bureau noted with satisfaction that experts of Cote d'Ivoire and Guinea, ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
Country: Côte d'Ivoire Guinea
The World Heritage Centre informed the Bureau that the damage caused by the invasion of this Sanctuary by militants from the Bodo tribe in Assam, India, was estimated to be about 50 million Indian rupees (about 1.6 million US dollars). Although considerable damage was done to the Park infrastructure, the habitat in the inaccessible parts of the Sanctuary still remained intact. The Bureau, while noting that the conditions for introducing normal management and administration regimes for the site may be improving, was nevertheless concerned that a full assessment of damage had not been made ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Country: India
The Bureau expressed concerns that the region in which this site, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1991, is situated has recently been affected by armed unrest. The Bureau was informed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Niger had requested the Director-General of UNESCO to launch an appeal for the protection of this site. The Bureau recommended that the World Heritage Centre contact the authorities in Niger and obtain more information on the impact the armed unrest in the region has had on the state of the conservation of the site and request them to nominate ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
Country: Niger
The Bureau was informed by the representative of IUCN that the vegetation cover in this mixed site has been destroyed and could have adverse impacts on the landscape in the area. The Bureau requested the World Heritage Centre to contact the Greek authorities and obtain verification of this information and to request them to invite a mission to examine the state of conservation of this site.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Mount Athos
Country: Greece
The Bureau recalled that an environmental impact study had found that the construction of a road through this National Park was preferable to the alternative of routing the road along the periphery of the Park because the route inside the Park could be better patrolled by Park staff. The Bureau noted that although the construction of the road had begun, work on the road has been temporarily suspended due to the beginning of the rainy season. The Delegate of Senegal informed the Bureau that the National Park Service had established several points, including one at Niokolo-Koba, to monitor ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Niokolo-Koba National Park
Country: Senegal
The Bureau was pleased to note that the English version of the "Preservation and Management Plan" for this mixed site, prepared with financial assistance from the World Heritage Fund, has been published. The observer from Turkey informed the Bureau that the implementation of the Plan has begun and a project to remove some of the hotels and associated infrastructure which were threatening the integrity and authenticity of the site will soon commence and that the Turkish authorities hope to request international assistance from the World Heritage Fund to meet part of the costs of ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Hierapolis-Pamukkale
Country: Turkey
The Bureau noted that the authorities responsible for the management of this site had submitted to the Secretariat several reports on the potential impacts of the proposed hydroelectric dam construction on the Tara River and the pollution of that river by a large asphalt plant situated upstream along the river. The Bureau was informed by the representative of IUCN that the Yugoslav authorities maintained that the two problems mentioned above had minimal impacts on the conservation of Durmitor and that necessary measures to mitigate those impacts were being taken. However, the Bureau ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Durmitor National Park
Country: Montenegro
The Bureau was happy to note that the rhinoceros population in the Park has now increased to 32 individuals due to an increase in the budget and personnel and that the state of conservation of the site continues to be stable. Hence, the Bureau recommended that the Committee, in accordance with the request made by the State Party by letter of 26 February 1991, delete this site from the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Garamba National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
48. The Bureau took note of document CLT-92/CONF.003/02 and commended the efforts of the Director-General of UNESCO for the safeguarding of the cultural heritage of Dubrovnik, particularly: - his joint appeal together with the United Nations Secretary General for a return to peace and the protection of cultural heritage; - his appeal to the various UNESCO missions to the different parties involved in the conflict with the aim of enforcing the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in the Event of Armed Conflict (The Hague, 1954) and the World Heritage ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Old City of Dubrovnik
Country: Croatia
The Bureau was happy to learn that the restoration work on the monuments at Arles (France) was continuing, thanks to participation of the Ministry of Culture, and also with important contributions from the municipal authorities and the World Monuments Fund.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
Country: France
The Bureau also noted with satisfaction the continuing efforts of the persons responsible for the conservation of the archaelogical site of Kerkouane (Tunisia), to reinforce the cliff which is being eroded by waves.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Punic Town of Kerkuane and its Necropolis
Country: Tunisia
The Bureau took note of the information provided by the World Heritage Centre on the site of the Pont du Gard (France). It appears that the development activities at the site do not endanger its authenticity but seem to help re-establish it, as an existing electricity line will be buried.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)
Country: France
With regard to the state of conservation of the monuments of Goreme (Turkey), the Bureau noted the willingness of the national authorities to continue the restoration of the site and requested the World Heritage Centre to prepare, in consultation with the responsible Turkish authorities and specialists, a more detailed dossier concerning tourist developments which may be detrimental to the visibility of the monuments.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
Country: Turkey
The Bureau noted with concern the dangers threatening the conservation of the site because of its fragility and the increasing flow of pilgrims, as well as a possible reconstruction of the church over the saint's tomb. The Bureau requested the World Heritage Centre to draw the attention of the competent national authorities to these matters and request their assurances to take all action necessary for conserving this site.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Abu Mena
Country: Egypt
The Bureau noted that the restoration work was continuing and that the archaeological activities were limited to excavation connected with the installation of an electric line. The Bureau was concerned that the means and human resources to ensure the protection of the site was not yet in place.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Delos
Country: Greece
The Bureau was satisfied with the positive assessment of the state of conservation of the monuments and expressed its wish that the national authorities take measures to strengthen the protection of this site.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Archaeological Site of Delphi
Country: Greece
Despite the fact that it was aware of the efforts of specialists and the Tunisian authorities for conserving this site, the Bureau was, however, concerned about the modifications which affected the environment of the site and requested the competent authorities to take urgent measures necessary to re­establish the harmony of the site and its surroundings, halt all new constructions in the immediate environs and demolish the shopping arcade constructed on one side of the amphitheatre. If it is not possible to demolish the arcade, then it would be desirable to conceal it with a hedge. ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Amphitheatre of El Jem
Country: Tunisia
The Bureau took note with satisfaction that the urban development plan of the town had been modified and wished to obtain more information regarding the new plan from the competent Turkish authorities.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Historic Areas of Istanbul
Country: Turkey
The Bureau expressed its concern regarding the protection of Megalithic temples and requested the World Heritage Centre to draw the attention of the competent Maltese authorities to the necessity of establishing a larger buffer zone with better legal protection. A report on the information received will be submitted to the Committee at its next session, particularly in the light of a proposal for extension of this site presented by the Maltese authorities this year.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Megalithic Temples of Malta
Country: Malta
The Bureau was concerned by the construction project inside the Vatican City of a concrete building of several floors in the place of the old Hospice de Santa Marta, the demolition of which was undertaken on 1 June 1992. The breach in the Leonin Wall that appeared during this work constitutes a danger to the integrity of this fortified ensemble. Moreover, because of its co-visibility with the dome of Saint-Pierre, the height of the planned building would cause irreparable damage to the urban landscape of Rome, as well as to the Vatican City. The Bureau recommended that the World ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Vatican City
Country: Holy See Italy
The Bureau took note with satisfaction of the safeguarding activities undertaken by UNESCO for Cambodian heritage. The Organization had already started this work before the signature of the peace treaty. Since then, Cambodia has adhered to the Convention and the Bureau considered it to be its duty to participate actively in the restoration and conservation of Angkor. A member of the Bureau underlined the fact that the inscription of this site on the World Heritage List was a matter of genuine urgency. In fact, following the war which devastated this country, the protection of the site ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Angkor
Country: Cambodia
The representative of ICOMOS reported to the Bureau on the cultural sites he had monitored. A more detailed report accompanied by slide projections will be made during the Santa Fe session in December 1992 for all the cases mentioned. The properties in question are: Kizhi Pogost (Russian Federation), Monastery of Rila (Bulgaria), Budapest (Hungary) and Stonehenge (United Kingdom). With regard to the site of Stonehenge, the ICOMOS Representative mentioned the problem of tourist pressure and the deviation of the road A-344. A more detailed report will be submitted at the next session of the ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue Kizhi Pogost Rila Monastery Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
Country: Bulgaria Hungary Russian Federation United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The Bureau was informed of the building proposals in the buffer zone along the Saint-Lawrence River and the impact they would have on the views to and from the River. ICOMOS was critical about the consultation process and the design and specifically of the failure of the many levels of government to work together. The Bureau also learnt that four other prominent persons in Quebec had expressed similar concerns. The Bureau noted with concern the incompatibility between such activities and the aspiration of Quebec City concerning the World Heritage Cities Secretariat. The creation of an ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Historic District of Old Québec
Country: Canada
The Bureau was happy to learn of the innovative efforts made by the competent American authorities for the long-lasting conservation of Chaco Canyon.
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Chaco Culture
Country: United States of America
49. The Bureau took note of the information provided by the Secretariat and decided to set aside a sum of US$30,000 for urgent activities to be undertaken for the restoration of Dubrovnik.  
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Old City of Dubrovnik
Country: Croatia
Hal Saflieni Hypogeum (Malta) 65. The Bureau requested that ICOMOS examine the justifications provided by the Maltese authorities for the need to install an air-conditioning system at this World Heritage site and assess the relative merits of different options available for solving problems caused by internal humidity. The Bureau recommended that the Committee, at its next session, take a decision on this request on the basis of information submitted by the State Party and the report from ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum
Country: Malta
City of Potosi (Bolivia) 66. The Bureau requested the Secretariat to contact the Bolivian authorities to obtain information on the links between the World Heritage site of Potosi and the proposed rehabilitation project for the lagoons. The Bureau recommended that the Committee, at its next session, assess, on the basis of the requested information, the importance of the work to rehabilitate the lagoons to the conservation of the World Heritage city and decide whether or not this project qualifies for international assistance from the World Heritage ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: City of Potosí
Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Plitvice Lake National Park (Republic of Croatia) 67. The Bureau decided to set aside US$30,000 as emergency assistance to undertake an expert mission to this site to assess damage caused by armed conflict in Croatia and to prepare and initiate the implementation of an international assistance project for the rehabilitation of the site.  
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Country: Croatia
Istanbul (Turkey) 68. The Bureau, while agreeing in principle to providing support for the continuation of the restoration of mosaics of Saint Sophia in Istanbul, noted that the project approved in 1991 under the World Heritage Fund is expected to be completed by the end of 1992. The Bureau requested that the Committee at its forthcoming session in Santa Fe, review the report of the project which is currently underway and other information from studies that are being undertaken by the Turkish authorities and decide on an appropriate amount to assist in the continuation of the ...
Session: 16th session of the Bureau (CONF 003)
Year: 1992
Sites: Historic Areas of Istanbul
Country: Turkey
III.1 The outgoing Chairman, Mr. Azedine Beschaouch, submitted to the members of the Committee a recommendation made by the Bureau at a special meeting held on 6 December 1992, regarding the strictly specific situation evoked by the Observer Mission of the United States of America to UNESCO in its letter of 27 November 1992 to him in his capacity as the Chairman of the Committee. In accordance with this recommendation, the Committee unanimously decided to suspend the application of the dispositions of paragraph 2, Article 14 of the Rules of Procedure, between the sixteenth and seventeenth ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
IV.1 The Chairperson informed the Committee that the Bureau, at a special meeting held on 6 December 1992 had recommended that the reports on the strategy for the future, requests for international assistance and the situation of the World Heritage Fund, instead of being examined by working groups, be submitted to the members of the Committee under agenda items 7, 12 and 13 respectively. The members of the Committee also decided, in accordance with another recommendation made by the Bureau at its meeting of 6 December 1992, that they will consider the report of the expert group on ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
VII. 1 The document WHC-92/CONF.2/4 was introduced by Mrs. C Cameron, Chairperson of the Expert Group which was convened in Washington (United States of America) from 22 to 24 June 1992, then in Paris at UNESCO Headquarters, from 27 to 30 October 1992. Mrs. Cameron stressed that on the one hand the group comprised a certain number of experts from different regions of the world, and representatives of ICOMOS, ICCROM and IUCN, and on the other, Bureau members had participated in the work of the Paris meeting. The discussions of the working group were based on the evaluation report for the ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Abou Mena (Egypt) The Committee was apprised of the report presented on the site of Abou Mena following concerns expressed by the Bureau in July 1992. At the request of the Chairperson, the Delegate from Egypt provided all the clarifications regarding allegations on the state of the site in his report, which the Chairperson, upon the suggestion of one of the delegates, requested the Committee to include in the report as an appendix. During the discussion which followed, the Tunisian Delegate asked the Centre to pay special attention to confirming the information received by the ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Abu Mena
Country: Egypt
Delos and Delphi (Greece) The Deputy Director of the World Heritage Centre informed the Committee of the status of the site of Delos, over which the Bureau had expressed some concern in terms of the human resources required for its protection. Following the explanations provided by the Observer from Greece, the Committee took note of the willingness of the Greek authorities to increase the number of guards in spite of the problems involved in attracting employees to an island which is no longer inhabited. On the other hand, concerning the site of Delphi, the Greek Observer reminded the ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Archaeological Site of Delphi Delos
Country: Greece
Vatican (Holy See) The Committee was informed of the various actions undertaken by the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS in collaboration with the Holy See authorities following a certain number of protests concerning a new building on the site of the Hospice of Santa Marta. The Director of the World Heritage Centre as well as ICOMOS were able to ascertain at the site that the allegations reported mainly by the press were groundless. They commended the spirit of co-operation with which this problem had been approached by the authorities of the Vatican. One delegate congratulated ICOMOS ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Vatican City
Country: Holy See
Ggantija Temples (Malta) The Deputy Director of the World Heritage Centre brought up the problem of protecting the Megalithic temples of Ggantija and indicated that the report requested of the Maltese authorities on this subject had arrived shortly before the sixteenth session of the Committee. This report shows that the authorities involved have taken the Bureau's concerns into consideration and confirmed the request to extend the site.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Megalithic Temples of Malta
Country: Malta
Ancient City of Damascus (Syria) The Deputy Director of the World Heritage Centre reported on the information unofficially transmitted to UNESCO expressing concern over the work being done on the western wall of the Mosque of the Omeyyades in Damascus (Syria). When invited by the Chairperson to provide clarification, the Delegate from Syria retraced the history of the Mosque and confirmed that the work in question is being effected on a wall built about twenty years ago to protect the Mosque's inner courtyard from the rain. The ensuing discussion emphasized the need for the Centre to ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Ancient City of Damascus
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
El Jem (Tunisia) Regarding the site of El Jem (Tunisia), the Committee was informed of the measures taken at the highest level of Government, as the President of the Republic of Tunisia had transmitted through, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in response to the concerns of the Bureau, the decisions pertaining to a halt in the construction of any extension to the shopping arcade and to the ban on construction of any permanent structures within the amphitheatre. Concerning this point, the Delegate from Tunisia took the floor to thank the Committee for its interest in heritage at large and ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Amphitheatre of El Jem
Country: Tunisia
Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia (Turkey) The Committee noted with concern the information received on the state of conservation of the site. According to the consultant responsible for evaluation of the site in question, the Turkish authorities and the Ministry of Culture in particular did not seem to be aware of the decisions taken by the Committee in 1985 providing for an extension of the protected area of the Goreme site. According to the consultant's report, this site is undergoing serious changes due mainly to the construction of hotels in the safeguarded ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
Country: Turkey
Historic Areas of Istanbul (Turkey) On the subject of Istanbul, ICOMOS found the information provided by the Turkish authorities to be acceptable. However, it would be desirable for ICOMOS to obtain the accompanying plans of the master safeguard plan, which the Centre might request. Given the importance of Istanbul, which, like Goreme, is the subject of a UNESCO international safeguard campaign, the Committee felt it necessary to send a mission there.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Historic Areas of Istanbul
Country: Turkey
Rila Monastery (Bulgaria) After the presentation on the Monastery of Rila, the Committee asked the World Heritage Centre to write a letter to the Bulgarian authorities to draw their attention to the necessity for implementing a management plan in co-operation with Church representatives.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Rila Monastery
Country: Bulgaria
Quebec Historic Area (Canada) In response to information conveyed by the press as well as by groups and individuals, the ICOMOS Representative informed the Committee of the task assigned to him by the World Heritage Centre to examine, with the authorities in Quebec, two construction projects (one for the IMAX cinema and one for a naval academy) both on the land located immediately outside the protected area. The ICOMOS report on this matter and the additional explanations given by him gave rise to two statements, the first by the Observer from Canada and the second by the Representative ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Historic District of Old Québec
Country: Canada
Paris, Banks of the Seine (France) Concern was expressed with regard to the insertion of a new building in the historic setting of the Banks of the Seine in Paris. Based on a visit to the site and a study of the architectural project, an ICOMOS expert, Mr. Barthelemy, made a favourable report on the project which was approved by ICOMOS and of which the Committee took note.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Paris, Banks of the Seine
Country: France
Budapest, the Banks of the Danube (Hungary) After having analyzed the characteristics of the construction project for the French Institute of Culture building in Budapest, the ICOMOS Representative emphasized the doctrinal considerations involved in inserting contemporary architecture in historic quarters, and the necessity to avoid pastiche or "kitch". He proposed that no action should be taken with regard to this project.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue
Country: Hungary
Historic Centre of Rome (Italy) The ICOMOS Representative informed the Committee of the state of the Rome Colisseum which is suffering both from air pollution due to the proximity of a road and from vibrations caused by the subway. At present financial support from the Banco de Roma is enabling conservation work of the monument to ensure its safeguard. The Delegate of Italy intervened to thank ICOMOS for the scientific information presented to the Committee and which recalled the usual problems dealt with concerning catastrophes, but in this case the problem of the Colisseum is the ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura
Country: Italy
Kathmandu Valley (Nepal) Upon the initiative of ICOMOS, the report pertaining to the Valley of Kathmandu was submitted to the attention of the Committee. This site is the subject of a UNESCO international safeguard campaign and, as the ICOMOS Representative pointed out, numerous reports have been written about it for the past twenty years. Moreover, following an ICOMOS seminar held recently in Nepal on wood conservation, the ICOMOS Representative was able to confirm previously identified obstacles posed by the protection of sites in the Kathmandu Valley. He expressed his concern for the ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Kathmandu Valley
Country: Nepal
Kizhi Pogost (Russian Federation) With the help of slide illustrations, the ICOMOS Representative introduced the status of the site of Kizhi Pogost, explaining the nature of the problems and the manner in which urgent problems were determined. This presentation was followed by a discussion during which several technical questions were raised. The Committee decided to support the coordination effort undertaken by ICOMOS for this site, and requested that a report be provided during the next meeting of the Bureau in view of implementing an assistance project. The Committee adopted the ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Kizhi Pogost
Country: Russian Federation
Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites (United Kingdom) Concerning Stonehenge, the ICOMOS representative provided all the details on the management of the site as well as on the anticipated projects for improvement, including that of a museum site. The ICOMOS recommended to the World Heritage Centre to write to the authorities in the United Kingdom in order to support the measures undertaken for the management of Stonehenge.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Hadrian's Wall (United Kingdom) Bringing up the point pertaining to Hadrian's Wall, the ICOMOS Representative indicated to the Committee that ICOMOS is taking the necessary steps to monitor all actions undertaken near this site and will keep the Committee informed. These include projects for opencast coal mining and for a long-distance footpath.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Frontiers of the Roman Empire
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
City of Bath (United Kingdom) The Committee noted with satisfaction the model plan drawn up for the City of Bath. The World Heritage Centre was asked to write to the authorities in the United Kingdom to this effect.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: City of Bath
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Chaco Canyon (United States of America) Following the monitoring report presented by ICOMOS on the status of the Chaco Canyon site, the Committee expressed its warm congratulations to the National Park Service for the work carried out.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Chaco Culture
Country: United States of America
Tipasa (Algeria) Mr. Beschaouch indicated that he had personally ascertained the status of the site of Tipasa in Algeria during a visit in October 1992. This site had suffered the effects of an earthquake in October 1989 and emergency assistance had been granted by the Fund. The remedial works had been completed in good conditions and a safeguard plan elaborated. He asked the Committee to recommend application of the safeguard plan in order to ensure the integrity of the site. The Committee adopted this proposal. Furthermore, Mr. Beschaouch raised the question of training of scientific ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Tipasa
Country: Algeria
Tyr (Lebanon) Concerning the site of Tyr, the Committee requested, at the suggestion of Mr. Beschaouch, that a report be provided during the next meeting of the Bureau on the project carried out by the Lebanese authorities and UNESCO, specifically from the standpoint of the international safeguard campaign.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Tyre
Country: Lebanon
Ksar of Alt-Ben-Haddou (Morocco) Mr. Beschaouch brought to the attention of the Committee information pertaining to a project implemented jointly by UNDP, UNESCO (World Heritage Centre) and the Moroccan authorities on the site of the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou (Morocco) and pointed this out as a positive example, and the Committee took note of this.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Country: Morocco
Wet Tropics of Queensland (Australia) The Committee noted that, as requested at the time of the inscription of this property on the World Heritage List in 1988, IUCN had undertaken a review mission to the site. The Committee learnt with satisfaction that despite a slow start, the management of the Wet Tropics area had achieved much progress, particularly with respect to: (a) establishing a headquarters and appointment of staff; (b) drafting legislation; (c) preparing management plans and site plans; (d) carrying out a number of policy-relevant studies; (e) setting-up advisory committees ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Wet Tropics of Queensland
Country: Australia
Srebarna Biosphere Reserve (Bulgaria) The Committee recalled that at its last session, it recommended that the Bulgarian authorities nominate this small (600 ha) site for inclusion in the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Committee was informed of the conclusion of two IUCN missions to this site undertaken in early 1992: although Srebarna's importance as a Ramsar site and a biosphere reserve could still be retained by the implementation of specific remedial measures, its World Heritage status can no longer be justified because it has deteriorated to a state where it has irretrievably ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Srebarna Nature Reserve
Country: Bulgaria
Manovo-Gounda Saint Floris (Central African Republic) The Committee recalled that when this site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988, several members of the Committee had registered their reservations as to its state of conservation and several threats to its integrity. Despite assurances given to the Committee at the time of its inscription and the US$27 million EEC (European Economic Community) project which had been implemented in the region, the deterioration of the property had continued and this site still does not have a management plan. The Committee was informed of ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park
Country: Central African Republic
Talamanca-La Amistad National Park (Costa Rica-Panama) The Committee commended the Panamanian authorities for preventing 59,000 hectares of La Amistad National Park being released for oil exploration. The Committee noted that the Costa Rican authorities have not yet informed the Centre of their views on its recommendation, made at its last session, to consider revising the boundaries of the Talamanca-La Amistad Reserves by deleting four Indian Reserves in the north-eastern Atlantic sector and submit a map showing the new boundaries of the site. The Committee was also informed of a ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park
Country: Costa Rica Panama
Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia) The Committee noted that the Croatian authorities officially informed UNESCO in June 1992, that they will abide by the obligations of the World Heritage Convention and requested that a joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN mission be undertaken to assess the impacts which unrest in the region has had on the state of conservation of Plitvice Lakes National Park. Using part of the US$30, 000 approved by the Bureau at its last session, for the organization of such a mission, a team of three experts representing IUCN, the Federation of Nature and National ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Country: Croatia
Sangay National Park (Ecuador) The Committee noted that the Sub-Secretariat of Forestry and Renewable Natural Resources, which is responsible for the management of this site, has been successful in temporarily halting a proposed road construction project in order to bring together the relevant provincial and national agencies to discuss the environmental impact of the project and plan mitigating measures. The Committee commended the Ecuadorean authorities for having included substantial areas south of the World Heritage site in the National Park. The Committee, however, was concerned ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Sangay National Park
Country: Ecuador
Galapagos National Park (Ecuador) The Committee was informed that the employees of this World Heritage site staged a four-week strike during may-June 1992, demanding higher salaries and other improvements of their working conditions. The Committee also noted that a draft tourism and conservation plan for Galapagos is now being finalized and the management plan of the Park would have to be revised in the light of the strategies and programme of action foreseen in the tourism and conservation plan. The Committee noted with satisfaction that the Galapagos National Park authorities, in ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Galápagos Islands
Country: Ecuador
Mt. Nimba Nature Reserve (Cote d'Ivoire/Guinea) The Committee recalled its decision taken at its last session in Carthage, Tunisia, that the reduction in the size of this site proposed by the Government of Guinea in order to exclude areas that would be impacted by a proposed iron-ore mining project, posed a major threat to its integrity. The site is also threatened by the arrival of a large number of refugees to areas in and around the Guinean part of the World Heritage site. The Committee noted that a meeting of experts of Cote d'Ivoire and Guinea, with participants from UNDP and ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
Country: Côte d'Ivoire Guinea
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (India) The Centre informed the Committee that the damage caused by the invasion of this Sanctuary by the Bodo tribe in Assam, India, was estimated to be about 50 million Indian rupees (about 1.6 million US dollars). Although the Park infrastructure suffered considerable damage, the habitat in the inaccessible parts of the Sanctuary appeared to be intact. The Committee, while noting that the conditions for introducing normal management and administration regimes for the site may be improving, was nevertheless concerned that a full assessment of damage had not ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Country: India
Tsingy Bemaraha Nature Reserve (Madagascar) The Committee was concerned with the information reported by the Representative of IUCN concerning the disruption of conservation activities due to shortage of supplies in, and transport to, this site which is situated in a remote part of Madagascar. The Committee noted that the World Heritage Fund has provided to this site US$20,000 for the purchase of equipment and an additional US$20,000 for a management seminar during 1992. The Committee instructed the Centre to contact the Malagasy authorities and request a state of conservation report for ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve
Country: Madagascar
Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand (New Zealand) The Committee was informed that the Government of New Zealand has approved an application from a private company for a licence to export water from the World Heritage site. The exportation of freshwater would require the construction of a dam, a buried pipeline and four large reservoirs at Jackson's Bay. The Committee noted that the visual and ecological impacts of the proposed development project were not clearly known and that the legal and economic considerations which guided the decision to approve the project are being actively ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand
Country: New Zealand
Air and Tenere Nature Reserve (Niger) The Committee expressed concern that the region in which this site is situated has recently been affected by civil disturbance. The Committee was informed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Niger had requested the Director-General of UNESCO to launch an appeal for the protection of this site. The competent authorities in Niger, in accordance with the recommendation of the Bureau made at its last session in Paris in July 1992, have requested the Committee to include this site in the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Niger ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
Country: Niger
Danube Delta (Romania) The Committee recalled that when this site was inscribed on the World Heritage List at its last session in Carthage, Tunisia, it requested IUCN and the Secretariat to submit a progress report at its sixteenth session. The Committee was concerned that despite assurances given at its last session by the Representative of Romania, the final steps in the process to establish a legislative framework for this site have not yet been completed. The Committee instructed the Centre to contact the competent authorities in Romania to remind them of the assurances they gave the ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Danube Delta
Country: Romania
Djoudj National Park (Senegal) The Committee recalled that the repair of barrages and gates regulating water flow into this wetland area was financed by the World Heritage Fund in 1988. The Committee noted that the parallel wooden planks, held together by clay, which keep the gates dry and resistant to water leaks and seepage to and from the Djoudj River, have been found to be defective, and that the Senegalese authorities had been provided emergency assistance for the purchase of wood to replace the existing planks at an estimated total cost of about US$10,000. The Delegate of Senegal ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Country: Senegal
Niokolo-Koba National Park (Senegal) The Bureau at its last session held in Paris in July 1992, requested IUCN to provide an up-to-date report on the measures taken by the Senegalese authorities to mitigate the impacts of a road being constructed through this Park. The Committee noted that IUCN's Office for Western Africa, in co-operation with the Senegal National Park Service and the University of Dakar has undertaken a field mission to examine the mitigative measures taken and that the findings of the mission will be reported to the Bureau when it convenes for its seventeenth ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Niokolo-Koba National Park
Country: Senegal
Everglades National Park (United States of America) The Delegate for the United States of America informed the Committee members of the damage caused by Hurricane Andrew to this site. The hurricane which affected extensive areas in south Florida on 24 August 1992, damaged virtually all large hammock trees and destroyed 20-25% of the royal palms, 25-40% of the pines, 90% of trees where the red-cockaded woodpeckers nested and 70,000 acres of mangrove forests. Despite the extent of the damage caused, the Committee noted with satisfaction that a post-hurricane survey of the area undertaken ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Everglades National Park
Country: United States of America
Olympic National Park (United States of America) At its last session the Committee was informed by the Delegate of the United States of America of an oil spill off the coast of this World Heritage site. As requested by the Committee at its last session, the US Delegate submitted to the Committee a description of the plan and organization of the emergency response mechanism used to mitigate the negative impacts of the oil spill and a proposed study to make an inventory and monitor affected coastal areas. The Committee was informed that the long-term impacts of the oil spill were unknown. ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Olympic National Park
Country: United States of America
Durmitor National Park (Montenegro) The Committee noted that the authorities responsible for the management of this site had submitted to the Secretariat several reports on the potential impacts of the proposed construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Tara River and the pollution of that river by a large asphalt plant situated upstream along the river. The Committee was informed that the Montenegro authorities maintained that the two problems mentioned above had minimal impacts on the conservation of Durmitor and that necessary measures to mitigate those impacts were being taken. In ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Durmitor National Park
Country: Montenegro
Garamba National Park (Zaire) The Committee recalled that at its last session, it deferred taking a decision to remove this site from the List of World Heritage in Danger, due to the uncertainties associated with prevailing civil unrest in Zaire at that time. The Committee was happy to note that the rhinoceros population in the Park has now increased to 32 individuals and that the state of conservation of the site continues to be stable. Hence, the Committee recommended, in accordance with the request made by the State Party by letter of 26 February 1991, to remove this site from the ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Garamba National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mosi-oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls (Zambia/Zimbabwe) The Committee noted that a proposal to construct a dam across the Batoka Gorge could flood some parts of this transfrontier World Heritage site, and that the Bureau had requested the Centre to contact the States Parties concerned and obtain more information on the proposed dam construction project. The Director of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management of Zimbabwe has informed the World Heritage Centre that the dam to be built at the Batoka Gorge will flood up to the third gorge which is about 10 km inside the World ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls
Country: Zambia Zimbabwe
Mt. Athos (Greece) The Committee noted that the deforestation in this mixed site could have adverse impacts on the landscape in the area. In response to a request for information from the Centre, the Greek authorities indicated that 25,732 acres of forest in the area were damaged due to a fire in 1990 and this calamity might have been responsible for reports concerning the removal of vegetation. The Greek authorities have, however, pointed out that the natural regeneration of the forest is progressing satisfactorily. The Committee noted that Mt. Athos is an autonomous region within ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Mount Athos
Country: Greece
VIII.1 The World Heritage Centre introduced document WHC­92/CONF.002/5 and stressed the fact that ensuring the maintenance of the values for which sites were given World Heritage status and taking measures to remove or minimize threats to those values is a major part of the work of the Committee, the non-governmental advisory bodies and the Centre. The Committee noted that the monitoring of the state of conservation of World Heritage sites will receive greater emphasis than the identification and designation of sites in the future work of the Convention. The Committee took note of the ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
VIII.12 The Committee decided to register the report and the map provided by the Canadian authorities as a description of the revised boundaries of the Dinosaur Provincial Park (Canada). The Committee expressed satisfaction on the progress in the implementation of the rehabilitation project in the Simien National Park (Ethiopia) for which the Committee approved US$50,000 at its last session. In the case of Iguazu National Park (Argentina), Iguazu National Park (Brazil) and Wood Buffalo National Park (Canada), the Committee requested the Centre to submit progress on their state of ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Dinosaur Provincial Park Iguaçu National Park Iguazu National Park Simien National Park Wood Buffalo National Park
Country: Argentina Brazil Canada Ethiopia
Old City of Dubrovnik (Croatia) The Committee took note of the report on the state of conservation of Dubrovnik, which was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger, in Carthage in 1991, and was also informed of the request received by the World Heritage Centre for the creation of a buffer zone. This request will be submitted to ICOMOS for review.
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Old City of Dubrovnik
Country: Croatia
IX.1 The Committee congratulated the World Heritage Centre for the activities carried out in 1992 and presented in document WHC-92/002/6, particularly with regard to the organization at UNESCO Headquarters of the events to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the World Heritage Convention. These events comprised a general exhibition on the Convention and the properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, as well as some thirty national exhibits, more than twenty conferences and about fifteen evening programmes. The Committee felt that these events, which could not have been organized ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
X.1 The Delegate from China informed the Committee that due to inadequacy of information provided in the nomination dossiers, his Government was withdrawing the nominations of Lunan Scenic Area of the Stone Forest and the Huangguoshu Waterfalls Scenic and Historic Area.
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Country: China
Butrinti                  570Rev      Albania            C(iii)  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Butrint
Country: Albania
Kasbah of Algiers 565 Algeria C(ii)(v) The Committee took note of the report presented by Mr. Beschaouch on the Kasbah and noted with satisfaction that, as requested by the Committee at its fifteenth session, a general safeguard plan for the Kasbah had been drawn up and approved. Following the decision for inscription, the Committee recommended that a special monitoring survey be carried out in liaison with the Algerian authorities for the safeguard of the Kasbah. Furthermore, the French Delegation requested that the text of the ICOMOS evaluation be modified, in accordance with the ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Kasbah of Algiers
Country: Algeria
Fraser Island 630 Australia N(ii) (iii) The Committee inscribed the Fraser Island component of the nomination excluding the Cooloola National Park, on the World Heritage List. The Committee encouraged the efforts of the Australian and Queensland authorities to plan and manage Fraser Island in the wider context of a 'Regional Park' and extend statutory protection to all of Fraser Island. The Committee requested the Australian authorities to consider the addition of the aboriginal name of Fraser Island and to report to the June 1993 meeting of the Bureau on progress with this ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Fraser Island
Country: Australia
Belovezhskaya Pushcha State National Park 627 Belarus N(iii) The Committee inscribed the core zone of this property on the World Heritage List, noting that this site is an extension of the Bialowieza National Park of Poland. The Committee inscribed the transfrontier property as a single entry on the World Heritage List as Belovezhskaya Pushcha/Bialowieza Forest of Belarus/Poland. The Committee commended the authorities of the two States Parties for recognizing the ecological unity of the transborder site and agreeing to inscribe the whole area as a single entry on the World Heritage ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Białowieża Forest
Country: Belarus
Angkor 667  Cambodia C(i) (ii) (iii) (iv) I. The Committee took note of the report presented by Mr. A. Beschaouch. Given the unique situation in Cambodia, which, in accordance with the Paris Accords, has been placed under the temporary administration of the United Nations since July 1991, the committee has decided to waive some conditions required under the Operational Guidelines and, on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv), has inscribed the Angkor site, together with its monuments and its archeological zones as described in the "Perimetre de Protection" accompanying ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Angkor
Country: Cambodia
Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area 640 China, People's Republic of N(iii) The Committee inscribed the core zone (first class, second class and third class conservation sections) of this site on the World Heritage List and encouraged the efforts of the Chinese authorities to manage the buffer zone for conservation objectives and maximise the natural characteristics of the site. The Committee noted that pressure due to tourism is likely to increase and urged the management to be vigilant and protect the integrity of the site. The Committee recommended that the Chinese ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area
Country: China
Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area 637 China, People's  Republic of N(iii) The Committee inscribed this site of 72,000 ha on the World Heritage List. The Committee expressed concern over the question of growing human impact in the reserve and strongly encouraged the Chinese authorities to take appropriate measures to safeguard this site. The Committee recommended the State Party to prepare a species conservation status report in order to study the possibility that the site may also qualify for inscription under natural heritage criterion ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area
Country: China
Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area  638 China, People's Republic of N(iii) The Committee inscribed the central and second class conservation zones of Huanglong on the World Heritage List, excluding Mouni Gully sub-division in the west, since its condition and natural values need to be further investigated. The Committee recommended that the Chinese authorities prepare a species conservation status report in order to investigate the possibility that the site may also qualify for inscription under natural heritage criterion (iv). The Committee recognized that the ...
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area
Country: China
Historic Centre of Cesky Krumlov 617 Czech and Slovak Federal Republic C(iv) In view of the heavy tourism pressure in the town, the Committee requested the Czech & Slovak authorities to ensure that safeguards be established to mitigate any potential adverse impacts from the Sumava International Park project.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Historic Centre of Český Krumlov
Country: Czechia
Rio Abiseo National Park 548 Peru C(iii) The Committee already inscribed this site on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural heritage criteria in 1990. The Committee decided that this site qualified on the basis of the cultural heritage criteria (iii) as well.  
Session: 16th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 002)
Year: 1992
Sites: Río Abiseo National Park
Country: Peru
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