Decision : 30 COM 7B.40
State of Conservation (Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-06/30.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 21 COM VII.46, adopted at its 21st session (Naples, 1997),

3. Referring to the mission reports of the World Heritage Centre, in July 2004 and March 2005, and to the World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM Reactive Monitoring Mission of June 2006,

4. Taking note of the State Party's decision to implement the European Union funded Project,

5. Reiterates its request to the State Party to prepare a conservation project that ensures an integrated and reversible approach;

6. Urges the State Party to ensure, before any works are carried out on the site that:

a) An Impact Assessment Study for the European Union funded Project in Lalibela is prepared;

b) The integrity of the property during the construction and dismantling works of the planned temporary shelters is maintained, taking into consideration the recommendations expressed by the above-mentioned World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM mission,

c) An Action Plan is prepared including:

(i) Detailed description of the project activities, the financial resources and short and long term timetable for the restoration of the property;

(ii) Detailed investigation into the causes of deterioration of the structure of the property;

(iii) A monitoring system for the historic site;

(iv) A system for the maintenance of the shelters and their subsequent dismantling; and the

(v) Development of an overall Management Plan with the participation of the local communities,

7. Requests the State Party to up-date the construction drawings of the planned temporary shelters in order to integrate the modifications considered necessary by the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM mission to Lalibela;

8. Further requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission to Lalibela to monitor the works and review the Impact Assessment Study and Action Plan prepared by the Ethiopian Authorities, and report to the Committee at its 31st session in 2007.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: AFR
States Parties: Ethiopia
Year: 2006
Decision Code: 30 COM 7B.40