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Decision 42 COM 7B.33
Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System (Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) (C 1459)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/18/42.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 40 COM 7B.1, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016),
  3. Commends the six States Parties on their cooperation and commitment in addressing the recommendations noted at the time of inscription, and for the important advances in the implementation of the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the Preservation of the World Cultural Heritage (JFiT) project “Support to the reinforcement of the participative management structure of the Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System”;
  4. Strongly encourages the six State Parties to continue working in a coordinated and global manner to address the long-term conservation and management challenges of the property as a whole;
  5. Notes with appreciation the progress made by the States Parties in the development of participatory management and conservation plans, including the participation of local communities in their design and eventual implementation, which will be evaluated in due time by the Advisory Bodies;
  6. Requests the remaining national and local management and conservation plans be submitted to the World Heritage Centre for evaluation by the Advisory Bodies once finalized and approved;
  7. Takes note of the methodology and guiding documents developed to address risk preparedness and disaster management throughout the property, as well as the upcoming workshop in Cuzco in October 2018 on this topic, and also requests the States Parties to develop, adopt, and implement appropriate strategies for their respective risk factors identified as a matter of priority;
  8. Also commends the States Parties for the development of a framework for the elaboration of Heritage Impact Assessments (HIAs), and also encourages them to complete the important follow-up measures identified during the workshop held in Chile (August 2017) to implement a proper mechanism with the aim of preventing any negative impact to the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) caused by potential developments in and around the property;
  9. Further encourages the States Parties to continue their work towards developing and implementing the monitoring system for the property’s state of conservation and intangible heritage elements;
  10. Further requests the States Parties to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2020, an updated joint report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 45th session in 2021.
Decisions adopted during the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee (Manama, 2018)
Context of Decision