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Decision 26 COM 21A.15
Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras (Philippines)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Expresses its deep concern over the situation that calls for urgent corrective measures as the fragile natural environment continues to be affected by:

  • uncontrolled construction of shelters on the Rice Terraces;
  • climate-induced erosion of the Rice Terraces;
  • abandonment of the Rice Terraces;
  • unsustainable agricultural practices for the local communities;

2. Expresses its appreciation of the State Party's action to establish a permanent effective body to co-ordinate and lead efforts to rehabilitate the Rice Terraces in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee at its 25th session;

3. Urges the State Party to take all steps to ensure a smooth and efficient hand-over between the abolished Banaue Rice Terraces Task Force (BRTTF), the Governor of the Ifugao Province, who has been temporarily mandated to manage the World Heritage property, and the proposed new authority being established for the Rice Terraces;

4. Commends the State Party for allocating US$1 million for the repair of damaged irrigation systems; 

5. Requests the Centre, to take all steps to release without delay the requested technical co-operation assistance (US$75,000) allocated by the Committee at its 25th session;

6. Requests the State Party to provide a report by 1 February 2003, on the state of conservation of the site and the progress made in removing the threats to the site, for examination at its 27th session in June/July 2003;

7. Decides to retain the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Decision Code
26 COM 21A.15
Focal Point
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2002 Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
Decisions of the twenty-sixth session of the World Heritage Committee (Budapest, Hungary, 24 - 29 June 2002)
Context of Decision