Decision : 32 COM 7B.88
Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley (France) (C 85)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B.Add.2,

2. Expresses its concern at the fragility of the Lascaux cave paintings and that a new microbial outbreak could not be prevented;

3. Notes urges the work now being carried out by the authorities and International Scientific Committee for the Lascaux Cave, and the State Party to continue to:

a) strictly limit access to the cave;

b) implement the project of preservation and isolation of the hill of Lascaux and to monitor any potential impacts including waterflows;

c) strengthen the International Scientific Committee for Lascaux Cave, through the inclusion of appropriate specialists in the fields of conservation and prehistory;

d) carry out an impact study on any further intervention including chemical and mechanical treatments to the paintings;

e) continue its communication work to ensure full information on all conservation activities;

4. Encourages the State Party to make available to interested States Parties the report of the International Scientific Committee;

5. Requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre / Advisory Bodies mission to examine the overall state of conservation of the property, and in particular the specific threats to the Lascaux cave paintings;

6. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a report on the state of conservation of the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009, with a view to considering, in the absence of substantial progress in finding out the causes of and treatment for the damage to the art, the inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: France
Year: 2008
Decision Code: 32 COM 7B.88