1.         San Agustín Archaeological Park (Colombia) (C 744)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1995

Criteria  (iii)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/744/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1995-1995)
Total amount approved: USD 10,400
For details, see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/744/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

November 2006: World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/744/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2013

In response to the recommendations made by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session (35 COM 7B.121), the State Party provided a report detailing the implementation of outreach programs with local communities, both the indigenous groups and local inhabitants, to promote awareness to the protection of the World Heritage property. With regard to the closure of the illegal road, a proposal has been submitted by the Mayor of San Agustin to include a footpath instead of the road in the framework of the new territorial planning to be approved during 2013. Furthermore, in 2012 the Administrative Litigation Tribunal of Huila requested the immediate closure of the road following the recommendations made by the World Heritage Committee. At the same time, national institutions and local Authorities have designed a participatory plan to establish guidelines to work with the communities in order to find a common approach for the preservation of the site. Finally, the State Party has submitted in 2013, within the framework of the Retrospective Inventory, a proposal for a delimitation of the components of the site and its buffer zone, presently under consideration by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies are of the view that the state of conservation of the property is being adequately addressed and that no further reporting to the World Heritage Committee is required. However, it is important to make sure that a buffer zone is established and submitted for approval in order to ensure an adequate protection to the property.

Decision Adopted: 37 COM 7 B.103

 World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7B.Add,

2.  Recalling Decisions 34 COM 8B.6, 35 COM 7B.42, 35 COM 7B.63, 35 COM 7B.67, 35 COM 7B.68, 35 COM 7B.69, 35 COM 7B.73, 35 COM 7B.88, 35 COM 7B.94, 35 COM 7B.98, 35 COM 7B.102, 35 COM 7B.106, 35 COM 7B.109, 35 COM 7B.122, 35 COM 7B.127, 35 COM 7B.128, 35 COM 7B.131 and 35 COM 7B.133 , adopted at its 34th (Brasilia, 2010) and 35th (UNESCO, 2011) sessions respectively,

3.  Takes note with satisfaction  of the measures taken by the States Parties concerned to address its previous requests to mitigate the threats on the Outstanding Universal Value of the following World Heritage properties :

4.  Encourages the States Parties concerned to pursue their efforts to ensure the conservation of World Heritage properties;

5.  Reminds the States Parties concerned to inform the World Heritage Centre in due course about any major development project which may affect the Outstanding Universal Value of a property, before any irreversible commitments are made, in line with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines .

Decision Adopted: 37 COM 8E

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Documents WHC-13/37.COM/8E and WHC-13/37.COM/8E.Add,

2.  Congratulates States Parties for the excellent work accomplished in the elaboration of retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value for World Heritage properties in their territories;

3.  Adopts the retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value, as presented in the Annex of Document WHC-13/37.COM/8E, for the following World Heritage properties:

4.  Decides that retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value for World Heritage properties in Danger will be reviewed by the Advisory Bodies in priority;

5.  Further decides that, considering the high number of retrospective Statements of Outstanding Universal Value to be examined, the order in which they will be reviewed by the Advisory Bodies will follow the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting, namely:

6.  Requests the World Heritage Centre to harmonise all sub-headings in the adopted Statements of Outstanding Universal Value where appropriate and when resources and staff time allow to carry out this work;

7.  Also requests the State Parties, Advisory Bodies and World Heritage Centre to ensure the use of gender-neutral language in the Statements proposed for adoption to the World Heritage Committee;

8.  Further requests the World Heritage Centre to keep the adopted Statements in line with subsequent decisions by the World Heritage Committee concerning name changes of World Heritage properties, and to reflect them throughout the text of the Statements, in consultation with States Parties and Advisory Bodies;

9.  Finally requests the States Parties to provide support to the World Heritage Centre for translation of the adopted Statements of Outstanding Universal Value into English or French respectively, and finally requests the Centre to upload these onto its web-pages.