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Decision 45 COM 7B.163
Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy (Indonesia) (C 1194rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/23/45.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 44 COM 7B.143 adopted at its extended 44th session (Fuzhou/online, 2021),
  3. Welcomes the advice of the State Party regarding the Provincial and Regency regulations and intiatives developed to support the economic viability of Subak farming;
  4. Encourages the State Party to finalise the process of designating the property as a National Strategic Area as soon as possible;
  5. Notes the process for the re-registration of Subaks across all Balinese Regencies, and the information provided by the State Party regarding the completion of the operational directives materials that include Heritage Impact Assessments (HIA), and encourages the State Party to develop associated capacity building activities;
  6. Also notes the advice from the State Party that local traditional decision-making structures will be further supported by the development of Detailed Spatial Plans in several districts, requests that further information is provided to explain how local traditional decision-making will be specifically supported through these Plans, and recommends that these are developed for all component parts of the serial property;
  7. Reiterates its previous request to the State Party to ensure that all development projects within the property and buffer zones are subject to HIAs, in line with the Guidance and Toolkit for Impact Assessments in a World Heritage Context, and that information about any project that could have an impact on the OUV of the property is submitted to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies, before any decision is made that would be difficult to reverse, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines;
  8. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2024, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 47th session.
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