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The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 41 COM 7A.14 adopted at its 41st session (Kraków, 2017), Appreciates the State Party’s continued efforts to implement the corrective measures, including for surveillance, ecological monitoring and restoration of degraded areas, welcomes the new Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative (FERI) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects on forest restoration and strengthening local community involvement, and requests the State Party to continue implementing the corrective measures, and to ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Rainforests of the Atsinanana
Country: Madagascar
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 41 COM 7A.15, adopted at its 41st session (Krakow, 2017), Welcomes the State Party’s continued efforts to implement the corrective measures, in particular the recruitment of additional staff for the property and the continued engagement of local communities to enhance surveillance of the property, and requests the State Party to continue and further strengthen these efforts; Noting that the development of a Surveillance Plan and a Management Plan remain urgent needs, also welcomes the State ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
Country: Niger
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 41 COM 7A.16, adopted during its 41st session (Krakow, 2017), Warmly welcomes the continued efforts of the State Party in the implementation of the corrective measures, in particular those concerning the anti-poaching mechanism, the ongoing updating of the Management Plan of the property and the implementation of an ecological monitoring system, the combat against invasive species, the development of grazing areas and the reduction of livestock encroachment in the property, as well as the ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Niokolo-Koba National Park
Country: Senegal
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7A, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 7B.5, 36 COM 8B.43, 40 COM 7, 40 COM 7A.47 and 41 COM 7A.17, adopted at its 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 40th (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016) and 41st (Krakow, 2017) sessions respectively, Expresses its grave concern about the State Party’s decision to develop the Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project, and in particular the tendering of logging rights for 143,638 ha within the property, considers that the resulting large-scale deforestation represents a clear potential danger to the ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Selous Game Reserve
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 40 COM 7B.30, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Notes the redesign of the shoreline and the progess made on the finalization of the uplift process for the Yuzhen Palace, and requests the State Party to provide an update on the reinstallation efforts as they continue to be implemented; Also requests that the State Party provide more information on the visitor management system in place, and in particular that specific studies be carried out at all component parts of ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 40 COM 7B.31, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Expresses its regret at the fire of February 2018, and notes the work carried out by the State Party in the immediate aftermath of the fire; Requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, more detailed reports of all the damage caused by the aforementioned fire, including images, drawings and other graphic illustrations and paying particular attention to the Golden ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 40 COM 7B.32 adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Takes note of the positive steps taken by the State Party to improve the state of conservation and management of the property and its Buffer Zone; Encourages the State Party to work towards a final resolution of the Panchi Pond project in the Buffer Zone of the property, taking into account the comments made by the Committee in the Decision recalled above; Requests the State Party to review its proposed improved monitoring ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 40 COM 8B.19, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Acknowledges the progress made by the State Party with the implementation of the recommendations made by the Committee at the time of the property’s inscription on the World Heritage List, and encourages the State Party to complete the ongoing process of listing all 38 rock art sites located within the property as ‘National Priority Protected Sites’ as quickly as possible; Takes note of the presentation and utilization ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decisions 40 COM 7B.34 and 41 COM 7B.88, adopted at its 40th (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016) and 41st (Krakow, 2017) sessions respectively, Welcomes the two detailed reports submitted by the State Parties of China and Kazakhstan addressing the requests made by the Committee in the aforementioned decisions, but strongly encourages all three States Parties involved in this serial transnational property to submit a joint report in the future; Commends the State Party of China for: the ongoing work on ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor
Country: China Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 40 COM 8B.20, adopted at it 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Acknowledges the progress made by State Party on a number of the recommendations made by the Committee at the time of inscription of the property; Takes note of the continuing historical and academic research related to the property and encourages the State Party to develop a research programme focused specifically on defining the authenticity of the property, including the necessary documentation to differentiate authentic ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara at Nalanda, Bihar
Country: India
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 40 COM 7B.35 adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016); Regrets that, despite the Committee's repeated requests, the Management Plan for Jaisalmer Fort has not yet been provided to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies before its adoption, and urges the State Party to submit this document as a matter of priority, together with the requested sub-plans, by 1 December 2018; Requests the State Party to submit an update on progress with conservation and ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Hill Forts of Rajasthan
Country: India
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 40 COM 7B.36, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Acknowledges the completion of the 2017 Sangiran Early Man Site Management Plan and requests the State Party to ensure that the new management entity, Memoranda of Understanding and Cooperation Agreements are established as soon as possible, to guarantee an adequate protection framework; Encourages the State Party to continuously monitor the implementation of regulations to control infrastructural and physical developments ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Sangiran Early Man Site
Country: Indonesia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B, Recalling Decisions 40 COM 8B.21 and 41 COM 8B.49 adopted at its 40th (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016) and 41st (Krakow, 2017) sessions respectively, Urges the State Party to include, as a matter of priority, sections on strategic risk management and sustainable tourism management in the integrated management system, with clear objectives related to the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property, notably its authenticity and integrity, and relevant monitoring indicators; Reiterates its recommendations to the ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: The Persian Qanat
Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B.Add2, Recalling Decision 39 COM 8B.14[1], adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015), Takes note of the illustrated reports provided on conservation work carried out at various component sites, along with future priorities; Commending the State Party on the details provided so far concerning Hashima Island, notes the substantial progress achieved in the development of a detailed 30-year conservation work programme for the island and the commitment of resources for the length of the plan and also notes that the ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining
Country: Japan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 40 COM 7B.40 adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Acknowledges the efforts of the State Party to continue addressing conservation and management issues, and in particular the development of Risk Preparedness and Tourism Management Strategies and encourages the State Party to ensure their timely adoption and implementation; Welcoming the studies undertaken to assess the rehabilitation and restoration of historic hydraulic systems as a means of supporting the agricultural ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Pyu Ancient Cities
Country: Myanmar
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 41 COM 7B.95 adopted at its 41st session (Krakow, 2017), Acknowledges the strong commitment of the State Party and the work that it has undertaken for the recovery of the property, particularly its capacity-building efforts, as well as the efforts of international agencies and the six year plan for the recovery of the monuments damaged by the earthquake; Also acknowledges the scale and scope of the disaster (as described in the reports of the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Kathmandu Valley
Country: Nepal
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 40 COM 7B.42 adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Notes the progress made with the finalization of the Integrated Management Framework (IMF) document, but regrets the delays encountered with its adoption by the State Party; Notes with concern that development activities have been undertaken within the property and the Buffer Zone prior to the formal adoption of the Management Plan and without systematically conducting the necessary impact assessments or following the ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha
Country: Nepal
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B.Add.2, Recalling Decisions 40 COM 7B. 43 and 41 COM 7B.96, adopted at its 40th (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016) and 41st (Krakow, 2017) sessions respectively, Acknowledges the efforts made by the State Party to address the Committee’s recommendations with regard to the conservation of the property; Takes further note of the decision of the Honourable Supreme Court of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that has given 31 directions with regard to protection, preservation and conservation of the property; Expresses ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore
Country: Pakistan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 40 COM 7B.45 adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation of the property by the deadline of 1 December 2017, as requested by the Committee in Decision 40 COM 7B.45; Welcomes nonetheless the efforts and progress made by the State Party to improve the overall state of conservation and management of the property; Requests the State Party to continuously implement the Rice Terraces Master Plan ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
Country: Philippines
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 40 COM 7B.46, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016), Welcomes the State Party’s advice regarding the improved arrangements for the conservation and management of the property between the Temple Authorities, the Department of Archaeology and the Central Cultural Fund, as well as the preparation of a ‘Statement of Conservation Strategy’ and other initiatives that have been instigated or are planned in order to conserve wall paintings, sculptures and other significant attributes ...
Session: 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (42 COM)
Year: 2018
Sites: Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple
Country: Sri Lanka