Committee Decisions

34 COM 7A.26

Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (Philippines) (C 722)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7A,

2. Recalling Decisions 32 COM 7A.24 and 33 COM 7A.24, adopted at its 32nd (Quebec City, 2008) and 33rd (Serville, 2009) sessions respectively,

3. Acknowledges the significant progress made by the State Party in addressing the threats that led to the inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger and urges the State Party to continue its work on the corrective measures adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008);

4. Adopts the following Desired State of Conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger:

a) Landscape restoration and conservation:

i) Restoration through community efforts of at least 50% of collapsed terrace walls,

ii) Adoption of conservation guidelines for each of the five priority heritage cluster sites,

iii) Documentation and rehabilitation of major irrigation systems in the five priority heritage cluster sites,

b) Protection and planning:

i) National government policies and laws enacted for the preservation of natural resources,

ii) Adopted guidelines, including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedures, and infrastructure guidelines, for the implementation of  major projects,

iii) Implementation of Community-Based Land Use and Zoning Plan (CBLUZP) projects in all sites,

c) Management:

i) Functioning management agencies at the provincial and municipal levels with adequate resources,

ii) Functional Rice Terraces Owner Organizations in place in the five priority heritage cluster sites;

5. Requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/IUCN reactive monitoring mission to the property to assess the progress in the implementation of corrective measures and in achieving the Desired State of Conservation in order for the property to be removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger;

6. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, 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 35th session in 2011;

7. Decides to retain the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (Philippines) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Documents
PDF Original Decision Document
Context of Decision
PDF WHC-10/34.COM/7A
Themes: Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties: Philippines
Session: 34COM