Committee Decisions

30 COM 8B.40

Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (River island of Majuli in midstream Brahmaputra River in Assam)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-06/30.COM/8B and WHC-06/30.COM/INF.8B.1,

2. Refers the nomination of the River island of Majuli in midstream Brahmaputra River in Assam, India, back to the State Party in order to:

a) Assemble more information on the Sattras remaining on the island and on the way they have influenced and continue to influence landscape patterns and the overall interaction between people and nature in Majuli and further a field;

b) Create an inventory of architecture and spatial patterns in the landscape associated with the Sattras and their movable heritage;

c) Put in place legal protection;

d) Amplify the Management Plan to take account of the specific nature of Sattra landscapes and buildings, the interrelationship between people and nature, the potential for traditional farming practices to sustain biodiversity, the need to codify traditional knowledge, the conservation and development of traditional architecture, a cultural tourism strategy and approaches to sustainable development;

e) Undertake an appraisal of the overall river basin in which Majuli lies, and the potential impact of climate change, in order to ascertain the chances of the island surviving in the medium term;

f) Develop and implement a Risk Preparedness Strategy;

g) Carefully consider the impact of the proposed bridges on the special characteristics of the Majuli cultural landscape;  

3. Encourages the State Party to produce an inventory of flora and fauna of the site with particular emphasis on threatened and endangered species that may be protected as result of local management practices.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: India
Session: 30COM