Committee Decisions

37 COM 8B.48

Cultural Properties - Examination of minor boundary modifications: Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Philippines)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Documents WHC-13/37.COM/8B.Add and WHC-13/37.COM/INF.8B1.Add,

2.  Approves the proposed minor boundary modification and buffer zone of the Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustin (Manila), component part of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines , Philippines ;

3.  Refers the examination of the proposed minor boundary modification and buffer zone of the component of the Church of San Agustin (Paoay) component part of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines , Philippines , back to the State Party in order to allow it to:

a)  Justify the specific contribution of the convent ruins to the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

b)  Extend the nominated area of the church to include the convent in order to form one single component;

c)  Expand the buffer zone towards the directions in which the property component is not yet surrounded by a protective buffer zone or to provide justification for the rationale of not establishing buffer zone in these areas.

4.  Also refers the examination of the proposed buffer zone for the Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva (Miagao), component part of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines , Philippines , back to the State Party in order to allow it to expand the buffer zone towards the directions in which the property component is not yet surrounded by a protective buffer zone or to provide justification for the rationale of not establishing buffer zone in these areas;

5.  Further refers the examination of the proposed minor boundary modification and buffer zone of the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Santa Maria), component part of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines, Philippines , back to the State Party in order to allow it to:

a)  Justify the reduction of the property along the eastern slopes towards the old Spanish cemetery and provide the rationale for expansion of the boundaries towards the south;

b)  Expand the buffer zone towards the directions in which the property component is not yet surrounded by a protective buffer zone or to provide justification for the rationale of not establishing buffer zones in the respective areas.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: Philippines
Session: 37COM