Decision : 31 COM 8B.15
Nomination of natural, mixed and cultural properties to the world heritage list - The Dolomites

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-07/31.COM/8B and WHC-07/31.COM/INF.8B.2,

2.Decides not to inscribe The Dolomites, Italy, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ix) and (x);

3.Defers the examination of the nomination of The Dolomites, Italy, to the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (vii) and (viii) to allow the State Party to consider submitting a new nomination, more focused and coherent, that meets the conditions of integrity;

4.Recommends the State Party to consider the following issues in the revision of the nomination:

     a) Refocus the nomination around the aesthetic, geological and, in particular, geomorphological values of the Dolomites (criteria (vii) and (viii)). These values should be confirmed through a global comparative analysis of the geomorphological, geological (stratigraphy, carbonate systems, palaeontology) and aesthetic aspects that can be regarded as being of Outstanding Universal Value in comparison to mountains already inscribed on the World Heritage List, and other comparable mountains elsewhere in the world; and

     b) Make a new selection of a site or a much more coherent series of sites to convey those values at a landscape scale, and avoid including very small sites that represent very locally specific values. IUCN has suggested in its evaluation report a more appropriate configuration.

5.   Further recommends the State Party to address the following specific areas of concerns to meet the conditions of integrity in relation to the requirements for protection and management:

     a) Ensure that transparent, effective and coordinated legal protection is in place for the entire series that is eventually proposed;

     b) Establish a management framework for the entire series, as a legally approved document to coordinate the management authorities concerned, with clear objectives and a realistic implementation strategy; and

     c) Consider the need for more effective planning, management and regulation of tourist facilities and activities that are consistent with the carrying capacity of the nominated property. Tourist facilities have reached, or even exceeded, the limits of tolerance for natural World Heritage properties in a number of the core and buffer zones of the nominated property.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Italy
Properties: The Dolomites
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 8B.15