Committee Decisions

37 COM 8D

Clarifications of property boundaries and areas by States Parties in response to the Retrospective Inventory

Decision: 37 COM 8D

The World Heritage Committee,

1.         Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/8D,

2.         Recalling Decision 36 COM 8D, adopted at its 36th session (Saint Petersburg, 2012),

3.         Acknowledges the excellent work accomplished by States Parties in the clarification of the delimitation of their World Heritage properties and thanks them for their efforts to improve the credibility of the World Heritage List;

4.         Recalls that the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies will not be able to examine proposals for minor or significant modifications to boundaries of World Heritage properties whenever the delimitation of such properties as inscribed is unclear;

5.         Takes note of the clarifications of property boundaries and areas provided by the following States Parties in response to the Retrospective Inventory, as presented in the Annexes of Document WHC-13/37.COM/8D:

-               Algeria: Kasbah of Algiers;

-               Brazil: Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Congonhas; Brasilia; Historic Centre of São Luís;

-               Cuba: San Pedro de la Roca Castle, Santiago de Cuba;

-               Dominican Republic: Colonial City of Santo Domingo;

-               Germany: Hanseatic City of Lübeck; Völklingen Ironworks;

-               Jordan: Petra;

-               Mexico: Sian Ka’an; Pre-Hispanic City and National Park of Palenque; Historic Centre of Puebla; Historic Town of Guanajuato and Adjacent Mines; Historic Centre of Morelia; Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino; Historic Centre of Zacatecas; Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco; Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes; Historic Monuments Zone of Tlacotalpan;

-               Panama: Darien National Park;

-               Paraguay: Jesuit Missions of La Santísima Trinidad de Paraná and Jesús de Tavarangue;

-               Peru: City of Cuzco; Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu; Chavin (Archaeological Property); Chan Chan Archaeological Zone; Historic Centre of Lima; Río Abiseo National Park; Lines and Geoglyphs of Nasca and Pampas de Jumana;

-               Russian Federation: Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments; Kizhi Pogost;

-               Spain: Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches; Historic City of Toledo; Historic Walled Town of Cuenca; Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, Barcelona;

-               Viet Nam: Complex of Hué Monuments;

6.         Requests the States Parties which have not yet answered the questions raised in the framework of the Retrospective Inventory to provide all clarifications and documentation as soon as possible and by 1 December 2013 at the latest.