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Decision 30 COM 8B.37
Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-06/30.COM/8B and WHC-06/30.COM/INF.8B.1,

2. Inscribes the Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman, Oman, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criterion (v):

    Criterion (v): The collection of Aflaj irrigation systems represents some 3,000 still functioning systems in Oman. Ancient engineering technologies demonstrate long standing, sustainable use of water resources for the cultivation of palms and other produce in extremely arid desert lands. Such systems reflect the former total dependence of communities on this irrigation and a time-honoured, fair and effective management and sharing of water resources, underpinned by mutual dependence and communal values.

3. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2007, for examination at its 31st session in 2007:

a) Documentation confirming that the enlarged areas are given adequate legal protection;

b) A management plan or system for the settlement areas, to complement traditional management arrangements, which addresses the restoration, and conservation of the traditional structures such as mosques, watchtowers, forts, houses, and wash places, the re-introduction of traditional mortars, the control of development, the management of visitors, and the presentation of the Aflaj.

Decision Code
30 COM 8B.37
Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties 1
Decisions Adopted at the 30th Session of the World Heritage Committee (Vilnius, 2006) / Without Annexes
Context of Decision