Decision : 37 COM 7B.39
Lower Omo Valley (Ethiopia) (C 17)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7B.Add,

2.  Recalling Decision 20 COM 7D.64/65 , adopted at its 20th session (Merida, 1996),

3.  Expresses its concern over the Kuraz Sugar Cane Development Projects, which may have a negative impact on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Lower Valley of the Omo, if located within or near the property;

4.  Regrets that the State Party has not replied to the World Heritage Centre’s letters regarding its official position and clarification on the projects and their location in relation to the boundaries of the property;

5.  Urges the State Party to provide details on all planned development projects, and documents on the Kuraz Sugar Cane Development Projects, including the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) carried-out in 2011, to the World Heritage Centre by 1 December 2013 for review by the Advisory Bodies;

6.  Requests the State Party to carry-out Heritage Impact Assessments (HIAs), in particular for relevant roads and the sugar development projects, and submit them to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies before work commences and before any irreversible commitments are made;

7.  Also expresses its concern over the absence of a management plan, and the lack of clarification of the boundaries and buffer zone for the property;

8.  Invites the State Party to carry-out the above as a matter of urgency, and encourages the State Party to request international assistance for this endeavour;

9.  Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014 , a report on the state of conservation of the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, Outstanding Universal Value
States Parties: Ethiopia
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 7B.39