Committee Decisions

37 COM 7A.30

Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley (Afghanistan) (C 208 rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.   Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7A,

2.   Recalling Decision 36 COM 7A.26, adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),

3.   Commends the progress made by the State Party on the implementation of the corrective measures and on capacity building;

4.   Takes note of the concerns expressed by the State Party on the critical condition of the large Western Buddha niche;

5.   Urges the State Party to:

a)   finalise the Management Plan with an overall strategy of managing the property as a Cultural Landscape,

b)   ensure that the Cultural Master Plan is shared with other stakeholders intervening in the valley, and

c)   enforce building codes and regulations on development in the buffer zones of the property and other areas protected under the 2004 Afghan Law on the Protection of Historical and Cultural Properties;

6.   Encourages the State Party to elaborate and implement a capacity building strategy with a view to reinforcing national capacity in the field of conservation and management of important historical and archaeological sites within the property, with the support of international donors;

7.   Reiterates its request to the State Party, when considering options for the treatment of the Buddha niches, to ensure that proposals are based on feasibility studies which include:

a)   an overall approach to conservation and presentation of the property,

b)   an appropriate conservation philosophy based on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property,

c)   technical and financial possibilities for the implementation of the project proposals;

8.   Also reiterates its request to the State Party to submit detailed information on any planned development within or nearby the property, in particular the proposed Foladi Valley Road, to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies, including a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA), in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines ;

9.   Requests the State Party to continue its work on the implementation of the adopted corrective measures and to develop, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, a revised timeframe for the implementation of the corrective measures, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014;

10.  Calls upon the international community to continue providing technical and financial support for the protection and management of the entire property, including component parts such as Shahr-i Gholghola, Shahr-i-Zuhak and Kakrak, in order to achieve the Desired state of conservation;

11.  Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014 , an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014;

12.  Decides to retain the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley (Afghanistan) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Documents
PDF Original Decision Document
Context of Decision
PDF WHC-13/37.COM/7A
Themes: Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties: Afghanistan
Session: 37COM