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Decision 41 COM 7A.23
City of Potosi (Bolivia, Plurinational State of) (C 420)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add,
  2. Recalling Decision 40 COM 7A.1, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016),
  3. Welcomes the efforts made by the State Party in view of the establishment of the Inter-institutional Committee to oversee the implementation of the stabilization works in the summit of Cerro Rico;
  4. Notes with satisfaction the resuming of the stabilization works on the summit of Cerro Rico, while expressing its deep concern over longstanding instability and vulnerability of Cerro Rico;
  5. Also notes with satisfaction that the State Party started using the International Assistance from the World Heritage Fund in view of achieving positive outcomes towards the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger and commends the State Party for the participatory approach in which all the stakeholders have worked in the definition of the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) at the occasion of the World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS technical mission to the property in May 2017;
  6. Adopts the DSOCR developed in consultation with the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and all stakeholders, as presented in Document WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add and urges the State Party to start the immediate implementation of the corrective measures;
  7. Also urges the State Party, based on technical assistance provided by the technical mission of May 2017, to complete the definition of the buffer zone and submit a final proposal for a Minor Boundary Modification, in line with Paragraph 164 of the Operational Guidelines;
  8. Requests the State Party to establish an integrated management unit for the property, with appropriate articulation between the various bodies and committees and to proceed with the elaboration of an Integrated and Participatory Management Plan (IPMP) that includes all attributes of the property and ensures its Outstanding Universal Value;
  9. Further urges the State Party to finalize the process of adopting a new legislation to address the issue of the relocation of miners and enforcing the moratorium for all explorations over the quota 4,400m;
  10. Notes with appreciation the development of restoration works undertaken in the Historic Centre and the updating of the Master Plan for the City, and also requests the State Party to integrate its conservation strategy in the IPMP to be elaborated and implemented;
  11. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2018, 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 42nd session in 2018;
  12. Decides to retain City of Potosí (Bolivia (Plurinational State of)) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Decision Code
41 COM 7A.23
Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2017 City of Potosí
Decisions adopted during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (Krakow, 2017)
Context of Decision