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6. The Committee adopted the draft agenda of the session with two amendments, which consisted in inverting items 10, (Requests for technical co-operation), and 11 (State of accounts of the World Heritage Fund and budget for 1989), and the sequence of examination of nominations of natural and cultural properties. Furthermore, the Committee decided to examine the question of procedures for the election of Committee members under item 14, "Other business".  
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
7. Upon the proposal of the outgoing Chairman, Mr. J.H. Collinson (Canada), Mr. A. da Silva Telles (Brazil) was elected Chairman of the Committee by acclamation. Ms. A. Miltiadou (Greece) was elected Rapporteur and the following members of the Committee were elected Vice-Chairmen: Australia, Canada, France, India, and the Yemen Arab Republic. A member of the Committee stressed that the composition of the Bureau did not reflect a geographical balance and was due to peculiar circumstances since representatives of certain geographical regions were not present at this session of the ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
8. The Secretary for the session, Ms. J. Robertson Vernhes, recalled the role of the Secretariat of the World Heritage Committee, concerning the processing of the nominations to the World Heritage List, the implementation of the decisions of the Committee concerning projects financed under the World Heritage Fund, as well as the promotional activities aimed at making the Convention better known and at stimulating contributions to the World Heritage Fund. 9. The Committee noted that the activities undertaken by the Secretariat since its eleventh session were described in detail in the ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
12. The Chairman of the Working Group, H.E. Ananda Guruge (Sri Lanka) presented the recommendations drafted by the Working Group. He stressed how important it was that the work of the Committee be facilitated through careful preparation and submittance of nominations of cultural properties by States Members, a more active Secretariat contribution when checking files, and a selective presentation of proposals by ICOMOS and by the Bureau. He also noted the progress that could be achieved through a reorganization of the Committee's agenda. The Chairman of the Working Group clarified that ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
20. The Secretary presented document SC-88/CONF.001/3 on the revision of the Operational Guidelines for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. The Committee noted that the modifications proposed in this document resulted from three different actions, namely: changes introduced in accordance with the Committee's decisions concerning the monitoring of cultural properties, the procedure for nomination of extensions to World Heritage properties and assistance for promotional activities; modifications required to update the Operational Guidelines to make them conform with ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
28. The Committee examined document SC-88/CONF.001/10 which arose from the difficulty which the Bureau had encountered in the examination of nominations which had an indissociable combination of cultural and natural elements. 29. The Committee recalled the inconsistency between the definitions of cultural and natural heritage in the Convention and the criteria laid out in the Operational Guidelines, particularly the fact that Article 2 defining natural heritage did not refer to cultural aspects of such heritage and yet natural criterion (iii) refers to "... areas natural beauty or ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
1) Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania) The Committee was glad to be informed that the conservation status of this property had greatly improved but that the Tanzanian authorities had requested that it be maintained on the List of World Heritage in Danger, particularly in view of the continued threat of poaching. The Committee agreed to maintain this property on the List of World Heritage in Danger but expressed the wish that it be removed from this List in 1989.  
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
Sites: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
2) Djoudj National Park (Senegal) The Committee was glad to learn that due in part to assistance provided from the Fund, the conservation status of this property had greatly improved. The Committee decided to comply with the request of the Senegalese authorities to remove this property from the List of World Heritage in Danger.  
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
Sites: Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Country: Senegal
3) Tai National Park (Cote d'Ivoire) The Committee noted that the natural values of this property had declined due to various illegal activities within the park. The Committee was, however, glad to learn of a forthcoming project financed by WWF, US-AID and possibly with a contribution from the World Heritage which could help mitigate the current situation, and requested IUCN to report back to the Committee at its next session.  
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
Sites: Taï National Park
Country: Côte d'Ivoire
4) Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (Honduras) The representative of IUCN reported that this property was currently under extreme pressure with the invasion of some 50,000 refugees and settlers into the Reserve. The Committee requested the Secretariat to contact the Honduran authorities to obtain further information and to ask them to consider inscribing this property on the List of World Heritage in Danger.  
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
Sites: Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
Country: Honduras
5) Yellowstone National Park (USA) The Committee noted that an exceptionally large fire had occurred in the Park during 1988 but that no World Heritage values had been lost. The Committee welcomed the proposal of the representative of the USA to provide further information on the results of the review of the fire management policy for wilderness areas and the restoration/recovery plan aimed at showing visitors how Yellowstone was being "reborn".  
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
Sites: Yellowstone National Park
Country: United States of America
B. Cultural Properties 34. At the request of the Chairman, the Secretariat informed the Committee of its observations concerning the results at the present stage of implementation of the experimental monitoring system adopted by the Committee at its eleventh session. The attention of the Committee was drawn to the difficulties of a number of States in meeting the deadlines; a modified timetable was suggested, so as to enable both the Secretariat and ICOMOS to process replies and to report to the Bureau before reporting to the Committee. The Secretariat stated that the results obtained ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
Sites: Island of Gorée Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
Country: France Senegal
41. The Secretariat informed the Committee of problems that had arisen in the case of the three World Heritage sites. First, in the case of the city of Quebec, two real estate projects had given rise to concern in 1987 and the Canadian authorities had provided a report on the subject. The representative of Canada stated that, although several projects were still under study, the cultural heritage of Old Quebec would be safeguarded and the Committee would be advised of any change in the property. 42. As regards the site of Goreme in Turkey, the Secretariat informed the Committee of an ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
Sites: Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia Historic District of Old Québec Studenica Monastery
Country: Canada Serbia Turkey
44. The Committee congratulated the Secretariat on the report on activities carried out in 1988 (document SC-88/CONF.001/5), devoted mainly to production and dissemination of general information material on the objectives and operation of the Convention for a variety of publics, and the mounting of photographic exhibitions. 45. Several members of the Committee referred to promotional activities undertaken or planned in their countries, such as the setting up of a National Committee in charge of coordination of implementation and promotion of the Convention in France; placing of plaques ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
49. The Committee took note of document SC-88/CONF.001/7 which consisted essentially of a series of financial statements for mandatory and voluntary contributions to the World Heritage Fund for the financial periods covering 1981-83, 1984-85, 1986-87 and 1988-89 as at 30 September 1988. The Committee noted that since this date a number of contributions had been received and that several projects for international assistance had been approved, which resulted in a revised balance available for 1989 amounting to $2,112,974 as at 25 November 1988. 50. The Committee specifically took account ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
57. The Secretariat informed the Committee that, in addition to the budget it had approved, a sum of two million French Francs ($340,000 as of 9 December 1988) had been donated to Unesco in November 1988 by a private association which had organized a special cultural event "The Return of Marco Polo". This sum was to be divided equally for use in the preservation of the Great Wall (China) and Venice (Italy), two World Heritage properties.  
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
Sites: The Great Wall Venice and its Lagoon
Country: China Italy
58. The Committee noted that the Bureau had examined in detail the requests presented in document SC-88/CONF.001/6 and /6.Add ; noted that a number of modifications for certain requests had been received by the Secretariat since the document had been prepared; also noted that the requests from Algeria, Ecuador, Sri Lanka and Zaire had already been recommended for approval by the previous Bureau at its twelfth session in June 1988. 59. In accordance with the procedures for granting international assistance set out in the Operational Guidelines adopted by the Committee (WHC/2 Revised, ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
Sites: Ancient City of Polonnaruwa Ancient City of Sigiriya Bahla Fort Durmitor National Park Galápagos Islands Garamba National Park Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil) Ngorongoro Conservation Area Sacred City of Anuradhapura Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park Tassili n'Ajjer Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae Virunga National Park
Country: Algeria Brazil Costa Rica Democratic Republic of the Congo Ecuador Greece Montenegro Oman Sri Lanka United Republic of Tanzania
64. A member drew the attention of the Committee on the particular case of Rome. Inscription on the World Heritage List of the Historical Centre in 1980 and of Vatican City in 1984 apparently did not cover several monuments which are the property of the Holy See, which has extra-territorial rights over them. After clarifications had been provided by the Secretariat, the representative of ICOMOS, the representative of Italy and the observer from the Holy See, the Committee requested the Holy See and Italy to study the modalities of a proposal with respect to major monuments such as the ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
61. Taking account of the recommendations of ICOMOS and IUCN, the Committee decided to inscribe 27 properties on the World Heritage List, of which 19 were cultural properties, 5 natural and 3 mixed. The Committee furthermore decided not to inscribe 2 properties on the World Heritage List. Another 9 nominations were deferred by the Committee and/or its Bureau. The Committee also decided to remove the Djoudj National Park (Senegal) from the List of World Heritage in Danger, and added the Bahla Fort (Oman). 62. There are now 315 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List and 7 ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
Sites: Hortobágy National Park - the Puszta
Country: Hungary
Wet Tropics of Queensland 486 Australia  N(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) In accordance with the wishes of the Bureau at its last meeting in June 1988, the Committee noted that the Bureau had re-examined this nomination taking into account the revised evaluation of IUCN and additional information provided by Australia, as requested by the Bureau. Following this re-examination, the Committee decided to inscribe this property on the World Heritage List. It recommended that an appropriate management regime be established. The Committee furthermore recommended that IUCN continue to monitor the ...
Session: 12th session of the World Heritage Committee (CONF 001)
Year: 1988
Sites: Wet Tropics of Queensland
Country: Australia
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