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Decision 45 COM 8D
Clarifications of property boundaries and areas by States Parties

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/23/45.COM/8D,
  2. Recalling Decision 44 COM 8D adopted at its extended 44th session (Fuzhou/online 2021),
  3. Acknowledges the excellent work accomplished by States Parties in the clarification of the boundaries of their World Heritage properties and commends them for their efforts to improve the credibility of the World Heritage List;
  4. Recalls that the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies are not able to examine proposals for minor or significant modifications to boundaries of World Heritage properties whenever the delimitations of such properties as inscribed remain unclear;
  5. Takes note of the clarifications of boundaries and areas provided by the States Parties for the following properties, as presented in the Annex of Document WHC/23/45.COM/8D:

AFRICA

  • Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
  • Togo, Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba

ARAB STATES

  • Oman, Bahla Fort

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

  • China, Longmen Grottoes
  • China, Old Town of Lijiang
  • China, West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of), Bam and its Cultural Landscape
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of), Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of), Pasargadae
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of), Shahr-i Sokhta
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of), Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System
  • Japan, Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  • Viet Nam, Ha Long Bay

EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA

  • Armenia, Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley
  • Czechia, Historic Centre of Český Krumlov
  • Czechia, Historic Centre of Telč
  • Czechia, Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec
  • Italy, Mantua and Sabbioneta
  • Lithuania, Kernavė Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernavė)
  • Malta, City of Valletta
  • Malta, Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum
  • Norway, Bryggen
  • Norway, West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord
  • Sweden, Church Town of Gammelstad, Luleå
  • Sweden, Engelsberg Ironworks
  • Sweden, Hanseatic Town of Visby
  • Sweden, Rock Carvings in Tanum
  • Switzerland, Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Blenheim Palace
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Saltaire
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

  • Argentina, Península Valdés
  • Chile, Sewell Mining Town;
6.    Requests the World Heritage Centre to continue the identification and collection of geographic and cartographic information of World Heritage properties in nominations where the required information is not available or not adequate;

7.    Also requests the States Parties which have not yet answered the questions raised in the framework of the Retrospective Inventory, to provide all clarifications and documentation as soon as possible, and by 1 December 2023, for their subsequent examination, if the technical requirements are met, by the 46th session of the World Heritage Committee.
Decision Code
45 COM 8D
Themes
Credibility of the World Heritage List
Year
2023
Documents
Context of Decision
WHC-23/45.COM/8D
Other Documents (34)
Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve - map of the inscribed property
Longmen Grottoes - map of the inscribed property
Old Town of Lijiang - Maps showing the inscribed component parts of the property
West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou - map of the inscribed property
Bam and its Cultural Landscape - map of the inscribed property
Meidan Emam, Esfahan - map of the inscribed property
Pasargadae - map of the inscribed property
Shahr-i Sokhta - maps of the inscribed property
Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System - map of the inscribed property
Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama - Maps showing the inscribed component parts of the property
Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley - Map of the inscribed property
Historic Centre of Český Krumlov - Map of the inscribed property
Historic Centre of Telč - Maps of the inscribed property
Kutná Hora: Historical Town Centre with the Church of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Our Lady at Sedlec - Maps showing the inscribed component parts of the property
Ha Long Bay - Map of the inscribed property
Mantua and Sabbioneta - Maps showing the inscribed component parts of the property
Kernavė Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernavė) - Map of the inscribed property
City of Valletta - Map of the inscribed property
Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum - Map of the inscribed property
Bryggen - Map of the inscribed property
West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord - Maps showing the inscribed component parts of the property
Church Town of Gammelstad, Luleå - Maps of the inscribed property
Engelsberg Ironworks - Map of the inscribed property
Hanseatic Town of Visby - Map of the inscribed property
Rock Carvings in Tanum - Map of the inscribed property
Three Castles, Defensive Wall and Ramparts of the Market-Town of Bellinzona - Map showing the inscribed component parts of the property
Blenheim Palace - Map of the inscribed property
Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church - Map of the inscribed property
Saltaire - Maps of the inscribed property
Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey - Maps of the inscribed property
Península Valdés - Map of the inscribed property
Sewell Mining Town - Map of the inscribed property
Koutammakou, le pays des Batammariba - carte du bien inscrit
Bahla Fort - Map of the inscribed property
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