Committee Decisions

34 COM 8B.11

Cultural Properties - Konso Cultural Landscape (Ethiopia)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-10/34.COM/8B and WHC-10/34.COM/INF.8B1,

2. Refers the examination of the nomination on the basis of cultural criteria of Konso Cultural Landscape, Ethiopia, back to the State Party to allow it to:

a) Undertake and provide a more detailed inventory of the key attributes such as town walls, paftas, shrines;

b) Re-define the boundary to reflect the key attributes of the property, the geo-morphology of the area, and social and cultural units, and in particular consider the interface between Dokatu towns and Karat;

c) Augment the comparative analysis;

d) Define and put in place a buffer zone to protect the property from urban development;

e) Strengthen and augment structures and regulations to ensure support for customary systems;

f) Strengthen the planning processes to ensure that the spatial planning of the towns is conserved;

g) Ensure more active involvement of regional and national authorities in the management and conservation;

3. Also considers that the international community should be invited to support this extraordinary landscape to ensure that its communities can meet the challenge of establishing a sustainable future.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Ethiopia
Session: 34COM