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Decision 34 COM 7B.44
Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela (Ethiopia) (C 18)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.43, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Acknowledges the progress made by the State Party in basic conservation and monitoring, in delineating the boundaries of the property and its buffer zone; and reiterates its request to the State Party to submit maps of the boundaries and buffer zone to the World Heritage Centre;

4. Requests the State Party to submit details of the type and frequency of monitoring arrangements of the temporary shelters;

5. Expresses its concern at the uncontrolled urban encroachment that threatens the property and urges the State Party to halt this encroachment;

6. Recognizing the importance of a management plan that could link the management of the churches to the sustainable development of the wider setting of the property, also requests the State Party to pursue its efforts in establishing a site management plan with the support of the World Heritage Centre ;

7. Also recognizing the importance of an holistic, inter-disciplinary project to study the cause of decay of the churches in relation to the wider landscape as well as to stone decay, further requests the State Party to pursue its efforts in implementing the pilot project at the Gabriel Rufael Church in cooperation with the World Heritage Centre and World Monuments Fund, with a view to finding a sustainable solution that would allow the removal of the temporary shelters ;

8. Requests furthermore the State Party to regularly inform the World Heritage Centre about the World Bank tourism development project that is being implemented at the property, and to submit to the World Heritage Centre all related planned conservation and enhancement projects for review by the Advisory Bodies and by the World Heritage Centre prior to any commitment being made, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines;

9. Notes the completion of a development plan for Lalibela area and requests moreover the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre a copy of the plan with information on its related regulatory framework;

10. Finally requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2012, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.

Decision Code
34 COM 7B.44
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2010 Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela
Report of the Decisions Adopted By the world heritage committee At its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010)
Context of Decision