State of Conservation (SOC)
Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (2001)
Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:153,200USD
|2001||Emergency Technical Co-operation for the enhancement of ...||75,000 USD|
|1998||GIS for mapping the Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras ...||50,000 USD|
|1997||Preparation of a technical project for the mapping of the Rice ...||15,000 USD|
|1994||Preparation of a nomination file for Cordillera Rice Terraces||13,200 USD|
September 2001: joint IUCN / ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Negative impact on the site and its inhabitants due to increasing tourism
- Need for a long-term integrated development plan
Current conservation issues
The IUCN – ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission was organized by the Centre in close co-operation with the State Party between 22 and 25 September 2001. The mission aimed at a) identifying urgent conservation needs of the site; b) elaborating recommendations to the World Heritage Committee for the enhanced management of the site and c) assisting the Philippine authorities in updating the existing tourism development plan, elaborating a comprehensive management plan, and formulating an international assistance request for international technical expertise and support.
The findings and recommendations of this IUCN-ICOMOS Mission will be presented to the Bureau at its session (WHC-01/CONF.207/INF5).
Link to the decision
X.3 Following the review of the state of conservation reports and the recommendations of the twenty-fifth extraordinary session of the Bureau, the Committee decided to inscribe the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger:
- Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (Philippines)
- Abu Mena (Egypt)
X.4 Furthermore, the Committee decided to remove Iguaçu National Park (Brazil) from the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Link to the decision
XVIII.6.1 NATURAL Seychelles
Enhancing the capacity of Aldabra Atoll management: The Secretariat informed the Committee that IUCN, while supporting the request had underlined the importance of ensuring that the boats and the engines purchased have minimal pollution and are easily maintained. The Committee approved US$44,150 for this activity, requesting the Centre to ensure through the UNESCO equipment purchasing unit that the engines purchased have minimum pollution emission and can be maintained.
XVIII.6.2 NATURAL Zimbabwe
Increasing the management capacity of Mosi-oatunya/ Victoria Falls and Mana Pools National Parks: The Centre informed the Committee that the State Party had paid its dues to the World Heritage Fund, and that additional information concerning the assessment of the current situation, particularly concerning existing equipment, had not yet reached the Centre. However, the Committee was informed that the State Party had assured the Centre that this additional information had been transmitted. Therefore, the Committee approved this request for an amount of US$63,708 on the condition that the Centre and IUCN receive the additional information, and the allocation of funds be made upon authorization by the Chairperson.
XVIII.6.3 CULTURAL The Philippines
Emergency Technical Co-operation for the enhancement of the conservation and management of the Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras: The Centre informed the Committee that the Advisory Bodies supported the request. The Committee approved US$75,000 subject to the State Party paying its dues to the World Heritage Fund, and requested that the national authorities implement the activity in close co-operation with the UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in the Asia-Pacific Region (UNESCO Bangkok Office).
The Bureau may wish to examine further information at the time of its session.
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SOC Reports2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999
Detailed List of SOC reports
Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 2001 -2012
Threats to the Site:
- The abandonment of the terraces due to neglected irrigation system and people leaving the area;
- Unregulated development threatening the property;
- Tourism needs not addressed;
- Lack of an effective management system.
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”).