Decision : 32 COM 8B.48
Examination of nominations and minor modifications to the boundaries of naturel, mixed and cultural properties to the World Heritage List - Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst (HUNGARY / SLOVAKIA)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Having examined Documents WHC-08/32.COM/8B.Add and WHC-08/32.COM/INF.8B2,
2. Approves the proposed extension of the Esztramos Hill component from 107.2 ha to 195 ha and the proposed creation of a 28,000 ha buffer zone on the Hungarian side of the Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst, Hungary / Slovakia, in order to strengthen the integrity of the World Heritage property.
3. Refers the proposed reductions in the surface area of the property and buffer zones on the Slovakian side of the Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst, Hungary / Slovakia, back to the State Party of Slovakia to provide further justification and information;
4. Requests the State Party of Slovakia to provide more detailed information on the proposed reductions, including large scale topographic, geological, and in the case of Dobšinská and Ochtinská caves also hydrogeological maps, and their implications for the Outstanding Universal Value and integrity of the property. Based on review of this information, IUCN will recommend whether the proposed modifications can be accepted as minor modifications or will require a full re-nomination including a field evaluation.