State of Conservation (SOC)
Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area (1999)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
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Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Current conservation issues
New information: At the time of its inscription at the twentieth session, the Committee recommended that the Chinese authorities carefully control tourism development at the site and encourage involvement of the Buddhist monasteries in conservation activities on the mountain. Recently, IUCN has been informed that the construction of the tourist light railway between Golden Summit and the main summit of Emei Shan (Wanfoding) has resumed and is well advanced. On 22 September 1999, the World Heritage Centre requested the Chinese authorities to provide further information on the latest progress with this incompatible development. No written correspondence has however been received by the Secretariat.
Analysis and Conclusion
Link to the decision
X.30 Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area (China)
The Committee recalled the report from the twenty-third extraordinary session of the Bureau on the state of conservation of this property and adopted the following decision:
"The Committee requested the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, before 15 April 2000, a state of conservation report on developments at "Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area."
The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:
“The Bureau requests the State Party submit to the World Heritage Centre, before 15 April 2000, a state of conservation report on developments at this site.”
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The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).