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Decision 38 COM 8B.19
Barotse Cultural Landscape (Zambia)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Documents WHC-14/38.COM/8B and WHC-14/38.COM/INF.8B1,
  2. Refers the nomination of Barotse Cultural Landscape, Zambia, to the World Heritage List in order to allow the State Party to strengthen the nomination file with:
    1. a robust boundary that takes account of the major negative impacts of new roads, and other developments, and excludes urban areas, the airport, and zones for mining and oil and gas extraction, and includes essential attributes that reflect fully the key aspects of the Barotse socio-cultural-political system and its landscape impacts,
    2. survey, documentation and recording of the physical manifestations of the wider flood plain cultural landscape including the Liuwa National Park, and all of its traditional land management practices and other traditions,
    3. a structured management approach that brings together traditional practices and planning policies based on the involvement and know-how of local communities,
    4. elaborate a sustainable landscape protection policy that would, in the future, protect the site from the risks that threaten its integrity;
  3. Recommends that, as a matter of urgency, steps should be taken to ensure that further pylons are not installed in the landscape next to palaces;
  4. Encourages the State Party to call upon ICOMOS in the framework of upstream processes to advise them on the above recommendations;
  5. Considers that any revised nomination would need to be considered by an expert mission to the site;
  6. Recommends the State Party to invite an ICOMOS Advisory Mission.
Decision Code
38 COM 8B.19
Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties 1
Report of the Decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session (Doha, 2014)
Context of Decision