Committee Decisions

33 COM 8B.40

Mixed properties - Examination of minor boundary modifications - Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-09/33.COM/8B, WHC-09/33.COM/INF.8B1.Add and WHC-09/33.COM/INF.8B2,

2. Approves the proposed minor modification to the boundary of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on the basis of natural criterion (vii);

3. Encourages the States Parties of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania to cooperate towards the preparation of a new nomination for a transboundary extension of the property to include the Albanian part of Lake Ohrid and its watershed, in order to strengthen the values and integrity of the property; 4. Approves the proposed minor modification to the boundary of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on the basis of cultural criteria (i), (iii) and (iv);

5. Notes that negotiations have been initiated with the State Party of Albania on the issue of a possible trans-boundary nomination of Lake Ohrid;

6. Considers that such a transboundary nomination should be for a mixed property, as is the existing property, and therefore urges consideration of the cultural aspects of the Albanian lake shore.