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The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Taking into consideration  Rule 8 (Observers) of the Rules of Procedure of the Committee, 2.  Authorizes  the participation in the 36th session as observers of those representatives of the international governmental organizations (IGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), permanent observer missions to UNESCO and non profit-making institutions having activities in the fields covered by the Convention, who have requested observer participation at the session and as listed ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
The World Heritage Committee,1. Having examined document WHC-12/36.COM/3A, 2. Adopts the agenda included in the above-mentioned document.
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined document WHC-12/36.COM/3B, 2.  Adopts the timetable included in the above-mentioned Document.
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined documents WHC-12/36.COM/5A.1, WHC-12/36.COM/INF.5A.1 and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.5A.3; 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 5A adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Takes note with appreciation of the results of the activities undertaken by the World Heritage Centre over the past year in pursuit of its five strategic objectives as presented in document WHC-12/36.COM/5A.1; 4. Further notes the progress report on the implementation of the recommendations by the external auditor on the 2009 audit of the World Heritage Centre presented in ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
1. Having examined document WHC-12/36.COM/5A.2, documentWHC-12/36.COM/INF.5A.2 and document WHC-12/36.COM/9A, 2. Recalling Decisions 34 COM 5A and Decision 35 COM 5A respectively, 3. Also recalling Resolution 18 GA 8 adopted by the 18th General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention by which the recommendations of the External Auditor on the Partnership for Conservation Initiative (PACT) were endorsed, 4. Considering that the open-ended working group in charge of producing an implementation plan for the recommendations of the External Auditor will be meeting ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined document WHC-12/36.COM/5B, Recalling Decision 35 COM 5B adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), Takes note of the reports of the Advisory Bodies (ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN) on their activities and expresses its gratitude for the efforts undertaken; Welcomes the harmonization of the reports by the Advisory Bodies and the comments on the progress made and gaps identified for the implementation of the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined document WHC-12/36.COM/5C, 2. Recalling Decisions 33 COM 14A.2, 34 COM 5D and 35 COM 5E adopted at its 33rd (Seville, 2009), 34th (Brasilia, 2010) and 35th(Paris, 2011) sessions respectively, 3. Welcomes the outcome of the Consultative Meeting on World Heritage and Sustainable Development held in Ouro Preto (Brazil) from 5 to 8 February 2012, takes note of its recommended actions and thanks the State Party of Brazil for having generously hosted this event; 4. Recognizing that the conservation of cultural and natural heritage is of ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined document WHC-12/36.COM/5D, 2. Recalling Decisions 32 COM 10, 32 COM 10A and 34 COM 5F.1 adopted at its 32nd (Quebec City, 2008) and 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions respectively, 3. Welcomes the progress report made on the implementation of the World Heritage Thematic Programmes; 4. Requests the World Heritage Centre, in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies, and with the support of interested States Parties to continue its efforts to implement the activities foreseen under each of these programmes in 2012-2013; 5. Expresses its ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined document WHC-12/36.COM/5E, 2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 5F.2 adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3. Welcomes the finalization of the new and inclusive Programme on World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism and notes with appreciation the participatory process for its development, objectives and approach towards implementation; 4. Also welcomes the contribution of the Steering Group comprised of States Parties representatives from the UNESCO Electoral Groups, the World Heritage Centre, the Advisory Bodies ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
1.   Having examined document WHC-12/36.COM/6, 2.   Recalling Decisions 34 COM 9C and 35 COM 6 adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010) and 35th session (Paris, 2011) respectively, 3.   Welcomes the establishment of two new category 2 centres related to World Heritage in Spain and Italy, as well as the progress made by all category 2 centres towards the establishment of their system of governance and the implementation of their activities; 4.   Thanks the International Research Centre on the Economics of Culture and World Heritage Studies (Turin, Italy) for having hosted the second ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.1, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Thanks the State Party for the confirmation of its political willingness to restore the property, but notes the absence of concrete information in the State Party report, on the implementation of the corrective measures and their impact on the safeguarding of the property; 4.   Expresses its strong concern regarding the continuation of insecurity problems in the property due to the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park
State Parties: Central African Republic
1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.2, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Notes with satisfaction the normalisation of the socio-political situation of the country and the restoration of State authority over the property as reported by the State Party; 4. Reiterates its utmost concern that the Outstanding Universal Value of the property appears to be seriously compromised and considers that a census of the populations of key species and indications of poaching and other threats such as the straying of cattle ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Comoé National Park
State Parties: Côte d'Ivoire
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.3, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Regrets that the State Party of Guinea did not submit a conservation report on the property as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session, making it impossible to assess the progress of the implementation of corrective measures; 4. Welcomes with satisfaction the dynamics of trans-boundary management of the property as practised by the State Parties of Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, and reiterates its ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
State Parties: Côte d'Ivoire Guinea
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.4, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Extends its deepest condolences to the families of guards killed during operations conducted to protect the property, since its last session; 4. Welcomes with satisfaction the significant progress reported by the State Party in the implementation of certain corrective measures, including the resumption of control of 80% of the Park, despite the persistence of pockets of militias in the Park, diminishment ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Virunga National Park
State Parties: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.22, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Recalling the relevant provisions on the protection of cultural heritage including the four Geneva Conventions (1949), the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict of 1954, the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage of 1972, the inscription of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls at the request of Jordan on the World Heritage List ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls
The World Heritage Committee,  1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2. Recalls Decision 35 COM 7A.5, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Welcomes with satisfaction the important progress reported by the State Party in the implementation of some corrective measures, notably the evacuation of the armed groups from the property and the increase in the area of surveillance, the closure of a large number of artisanal mining operations in the property and the resolution of illegal occupations in Bitale; 4. Notes with concern the absence of progress accomplished ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Kahuzi-Biega National Park
State Parties: Democratic Republic of the Congo
1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2. Recalling previous UNESCO decisions, including 176 EX/Special Plenary Meeting/Decision, Decision 34 COM 7A.20 of the World Heritage Committee adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), and 187 EX/Decision 5 relating to the Ascent to the Mughrabi Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, 3. Also recalling the relevant provisions on the protection of cultural heritage, including in the four Geneva Conventions (1949), the relevant provisions of the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict of ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.6, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Notes with satisfaction the progress in the implementation of the corrective measures but requests the State Party to provide a more detailed and quantitative report to enable the Committee to assess the reported progress; 4. Regrets that the persistence of pockets of armed groups continue to render difficult the  management of the property and especially the anti-poaching efforts, and that the lack of mapping equipment continues ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Garamba National Park
State Parties: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The World Heritage Committee,  1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.7, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Notes with satisfaction the recent progress in the security of the property and progress accomplished by the managers and their partners concerning the participatory management of the natural resources, notably the delineation of the property; 4.   Expresses its deep concern regarding the conclusion of the reactive monitoring mission that the Outstanding Universal Value of ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Salonga National Park
State Parties: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2.   Recalls Decision 35 COM 7A.8 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Extends its deepest condolences to the families of guards killed during operations conducted to protect the property, since its last session; 4.   Warmly welcomes the efforts of the State Party and in particular the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation, in implementing the corrective measures; 5.   Expresses its strong concern with regard to the reports indicating an ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Okapi Wildlife Reserve
State Parties: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.9 , adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Commends the State Party for the reported efforts to strengthen the management effectiveness of the property as well as progress in the implementation of several recommendations on previous monitoring missions as well as the reported significant increases in populations of the endangered Walia ibex and Ethiopian wolf but notes that progress should continue to be made to resolve the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Simien National Park
State Parties: Ethiopia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.10, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Welcomes the efforts by the State Party to start implementing the corrective measures, in particular the inscription of ebony and rosewood species under Appendix III of CITES, and the reported halting of all illegal logging in Masoala National Park; 4.  Considers that to address the issue of illegal logging in a sustainable way, it is important to tackle the governance of the forest sector ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Rainforests of the Atsinanana
State Parties: Madagascar
The World Heritage Committee,  1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.11, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Regrets the absence of  precise information in the reports submitted by the State Party on the implementation of the corrective measures and their impact, in response to the decisions of the Committee; 4.   Reiterates its deep concern concerning the deterioration of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property based on reports received indicating that several species of ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
State Parties: Niger
1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A,  2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.12, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Reiterates its concern about the alarmingly low densities of wildlife in the property, as indicated by the reported survey results, which reflect a significant deterioration of the property’s Outstanding Universal Value; 4.   Welcomes the actions undertaken by the State Party in the development of a management framework for the property and in strengthening cooperation with local communities and other ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Niokolo-Koba National Park
State Parties: Senegal
The World Heritage Committee,  1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.16, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Acknowledges the progress reported by the State Party, and urges the State Party to continue increasing the efforts to combat illegal activities within the property; 4.   Notes the on-going process of updating the Action Plan, and requests the State Party to urgently reactivate the Inter-ministerial World Heritage Working Group which would facilitate its ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
State Parties: Indonesia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.14, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Welcomes the significant effort of the State Party to refine and quantify the indicators developed for the Desired state of conservation for removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger and to connect them to the 14 corrective measures allowing a comprehensive report on progress; 4.   Expresses concern about the results of the assessment of the effects of exotic ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Everglades National Park
State Parties: United States of America
1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.15, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Expresses its utmost concern that the State Party has not made a clear and unequivocal commitment to eliminate oil concessions granted within the boundaries of the property, which threaten to seriously and irreversibly affect its Outstanding Universal Value if activated, and reiterates its position that oil exploration and extraction are incompatible with World Heritage status; 4.   Notes with extreme concern that ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
State Parties: Belize
The World Heritage Committee, 1.         Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2.         Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.16, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.         Endorses the recommendations expressed by the reactive monitoring mission; 4.         Welcomes the efforts of the State Party to implement the interim corrective measures adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session, in ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Los Katíos National Park
State Parties: Colombia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.31, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Welcomes the progress made towards the relocation of illegal occupants from within the property, and also the establishment of an inter-ministerial judicial group to lead the land tenure regularization process for indigenous groups living in and around the property; 4.  Takes note of the Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed Patuca III hydroelectric project on the Patuca ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
State Parties: Honduras
1.   Having examined document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.17, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Welcomes the progress made by the State Party in the implementation of the adopted corrective measures, and in the reconstruction of the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga in particular, and urges it to continue its efforts in collaboration with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies; 4.   Also welcomes the support by the Government of Japan through UNESCO to address the fire fighting and disaster risk management ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi
State Parties: Uganda
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.18, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Notes with satisfaction the efforts made for the development and resourcing of the Integrated Preservation project including its three components at the ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara and requests the State Party to submit the fully developed World Monuments Fund project, including technical specifications for interventions, to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies, prior to ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara
State Parties: United Republic of Tanzania
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.19, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report as requested and expresses its concern about the lack of information on the state of conservation of the property; 4. Urges the State Party to take all necessary steps to implement the corrective measures adopted at its 31st session in 2007; 5.  Requests the State Party to submit a revised timeframe, previously announced for 2010, to complete ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Abu Mena
State Parties: Egypt
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.20, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Regrets that the State Party did not submit the report on the state of conservation of the property as requested; 4. Takes note of the results of the reactive monitoring mission of June 2011, encourages the State Party to implement its recommendations and urges it to prioritize the implementation of the following actions: a)  Develop baseline documentation to carry out a comprehensive condition ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)
State Parties: Iraq
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.21, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Regrets that the State Party did not submit the report on the state of conservation of the property as requested; 4.   Takes note of the results of the reactive monitoring mission of June 2011, encourages the State Party to implement its recommendations and urges it to prioritize the implementation of the following actions: a)  Develop baseline documentation, including ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Samarra Archaeological City
State Parties: Iraq
The World Heritage Committee, 1.    Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A Add, 2.    Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.23, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.    Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party on the actions being taken to implement some of the corrective measures and urges the State Party to continue its work on all the corrective measures adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007); 4.    Calls upon the international community to support financially and technically the implementation ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historic Town of Zabid
State Parties: Yemen
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2.   Recalling Decisions 33 COM 7A.20, 34 COM 7A.20 and 35 COM 7A.24 adopted at its 33rd (Seville, 2009), 34th (Brasillia, 2010) and 35th (UNESCO, 2011) sessions respectively, 3.   Regrets that the State Party did not submit a state of conservation report, as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011); 4.   Takes note of the planned Third expert working group meeting for Jam and Herat to take place in tentatively September 2012 and ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam
State Parties: Afghanistan
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.25, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Regrets that no report was submitted by the State Party, as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011); 4.  Notes the production of the first Annual Progress Report (June 2010-June 2011) for the Preparation of a Management Plan for Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley; 5.  Urges the State Party to finalise the Management Plan ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
State Parties: Afghanistan
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.25, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Welcomes the progress made by the State Party in the implementation of the corrective measures for the property and calls upon the international community to continue to support these efforts; 4. Takes note of the results of the October 2011 joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission; 5. Requests the State Party to implement the mission’s recommendations, in particular to: a)  Systematically ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Bam and its Cultural Landscape
State Parties: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.27 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Commends the State Party for the significant efforts made to address the threats to the property and to implement the corrective measures and therefore considers that the Desired state of conservation has been met; 4.   Takes note of the results of the 2012 reactive monitoring mission to the property and encourages the State Party to implement its recommendations, in ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Fort and Shalamar Gardens in Lahore
State Parties: Pakistan
The World Heritage Committee,  1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2. Recalling Decisions 33 COM 7A.24, 34 COM 7A.26 and 35 COM 7A.29 adopted at its 33rd (Seville, 2009), 34th (Brasilia, 2010) and 35th (UNESCO, 2011) sessions respectively, 3. Commends the State Party for its significant efforts to address the threats that led to the inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger and the implementation of the corrective measures; 4. Considers that, in line with the state of conservation report and the findings of the 2011 joint World ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
State Parties: Philippines
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Decides exceptionally to adjourn the debate on the agenda item until its next 37th ordinary session of the World Heritage Committee (2013).
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Gelati Monastery
State Parties: Georgia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.      Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2.      Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.30 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.      Acknowledges the detailed information provided by the State Party on the progress made to implement the corrective measures and urges the State Party to continue its work on all the corrective measures adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010); 4.      Also urges the State Party to define the buffer zone of ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historical Monuments of Mtskheta
State Parties: Georgia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.            Decides to adjourn the debate on this agenda item until its next ordinary session.
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
State Parties: Serbia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.32, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party on the implementation of identified corrective measures, and urges it to continue its efforts to secure the required resources for their full implementation; 4.   Notes that the International Expert Meeting is scheduled for October 2012, and requests the State Party to take this opportunity to develop a draft Desired state of ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
State Parties: Chile
The World Heritage Committee, 1.    Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2.    Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.33, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.    Welcomes the progress made by the State Party in implementing the recommendations of the 2010 reactive monitoring mission; 4.    Adopts the following Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger, as follows: a)  Operational and sustainable management system for the Chan Chan Archaeological Zone in ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
State Parties: Peru
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A, 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.34, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Recognizes the efforts being made by the State Party for the conservation of the property, and encourages it to continue such efforts in cooperation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies; 4. Also encourages the State Party to continue with the implementation of the recommendations of the 2011 reactive monitoring mission, to ensure the protection of the property, with a special focus on: a)  The development ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Coro and its Port
State Parties: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add, 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.35, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Expresses its concern that signature of the January 2011 Kinshasa Declaration has not yet resulted in a concerted action between the different Ministries, the army and different technical agencies which is necessary to resolve some urgent conservation issues in the sites and create the conditions for their rehabilitation; 4. Notes with concern the consistent reports from different properties about continued involvement of ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Garamba National Park Kahuzi-Biega National Park Okapi Wildlife Reserve Salonga National Park Virunga National Park
State Parties: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalls Decision 35 COM 7B.1 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011) 3.   Notes with concern that the State Party has not suspended the GEOVIC mining license, as requested by the Committee at its 34th and 35th sessions, although no activity has begun at the site since the 2009 mission, and that the new environmental impact study submitted to the World Heritage Centre does not meet international standards and does not take into account the presence of the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Dja Faunal Reserve
State Parties: Cameroon
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.2, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009), 3.   Congratulates the State Party for resuming, with support from international cooperation, conservation activities following the post-electoral crisis; 4.   Welcomes the initiative of the State Party to establish Village Associations for Conservation and Development and Village Surveillance Committees to improve the participation of neighbouring populations in decisions concerning ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Taï National Park
State Parties: Côte d'Ivoire
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.3, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Takes note of the results of the joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN monitoring mission undertaken to Kenya to assess the state of conservation of the property and in particular the impact of the GIBE III dam project and related developments; 4.   Reiterates its utmost concern about the potential and ascertained cumulative impacts on Lake Turkana of the GIBE III dam, the related ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Lake Turkana National Parks
State Parties: Kenya
1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.7, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009), 3.  Welcomes the progress made by the State Party in engaging local communities in the conservation of the property; 4.  Reiterates its request to the State Party to continue its efforts to establish a sustainable financing strategy and business plan for the property, and calls on the international donor community to strengthen its support for the management of the property; 5.  Also welcomes the transboundary collaboration between ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Rwenzori Mountains National Park
State Parties: Uganda
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.6, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Reiterates its utmost concern about the multiple threats affecting the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), including high levels of wildlife poaching (particularly of elephants), the evident deterioration in management, and the proposed Stiegler’s Gorge and Kidunda dams which, if approved, are likely to cause serious and irreversible damage to the property’s OUV; 4.  Takes ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Selous Game Reserve
State Parties: United Republic of Tanzania
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.7, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Welcomes the substantial efforts made by the State Party to implement the recommendations of the 2010 mission as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session, and encourages the State Party to continue its efforts to fully implement them; 4.  Notes the commitment of the State Party to solicit funding for a Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SEA) for the northern Tanzanian road ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Serengeti National Park
State Parties: United Republic of Tanzania
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.6 adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.  Welcomes the further progress of the two States Parties in strengthening the joint management of the trans-boundary property through the work of the Joint Technical and Site Management Committees, and the measures taken to promote sustainable tourism by halting construction of hotels and lodges on the river banks and islands, reducing noise and water pollution, and upgrading visitor facilities at the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls
State Parties: Zambia Zimbabwe
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.10, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Welcomes the initial positive results of the Reef Plan and associated measures to address major long-term impacts on the property from poor water quality, and requests the State Party, in collaboration with its partners, to maintain, and increase where necessary financial investment and sustain the positive trend beyond 2013; 4.  Takes note of the findings of the joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Great Barrier Reef
State Parties: Australia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.12 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party on the on-going actions to address conservation issues at the property and urges the State Party to continue these efforts; 4.  Welcomes the efforts made by the State Party to ensure those mining areas which were excluded through the boundary modification and are now adjacent to the property and its buffer zone comply with international environmental ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas
State Parties: China
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.13, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Commends the State Party for the progress achieved in the operationalization of the Manas Tiger Conservation Foundation (MTCF) and the implementation of an integrated ecosystem-based monitoring system and the Eastern Swamp Deer recovery plan; 4.  Welcomes the respective and joint initiatives of the States Parties of India and Bhutan to consider an extension of the property, including a transboundary ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
State Parties: India
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.14, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), Welcomes the efforts and the progress made by the State Party to replenish the water regime within the property’s wetland systems through the decisions to release environmental water flows from reservoirs and completed water related projects and urges the State Party to continue to provide adequate water flows on a sustainable basis; Regrets the delays in completion of the Govardhan Drain project and reiterates its request to the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Keoladeo National Park
State Parties: India
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.16, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008), 3.  Acknowledges the efforts made by the State Party and information on the on-going actions to address conservation issues at the property and urges the State Party to continue these efforts; 4.  Requests the State Party to update statistics on annual Steller Sea Lion quotas and numbers caught and to report on population trends within the property; 5.  Also requests the State Party to continue ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Shiretoko
State Parties: Japan
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 34 COM 8B.2, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.  Welcomes the State Party’s effort in attracting a preliminary financial contribution for the implementation of the 2010-2014 Management Plan from the Global Environment Facility, and for the design of a fundraising framework for the envisaged Trust Fund for the property; 4.  Notes the essential importance of the establishment and full capitalisation of the Trust Fund to the long term ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Phoenix Islands Protected Area
State Parties: Kiribati
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.16, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.  Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party on the on-going actions to address conservation issues at the property, and urges the State Party to continue these efforts; 4.  Reiterates its concern that the legal process has not been completed with respect to the Kongde View Resort which is within the property’s core area and is reportedly still operating, and also urges the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Sagarmatha National Park
State Parties: Nepal
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.17, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.  Commends the State Party for its work to rectify deficiencies in the protection legislation, Management Planning and administration of the property, that have been the subject of Committee concerns since 2003; 4.  Expresses its serious concern that applications for commercial logging rights within the property are being considered by the State Party, which if granted would represent an ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: East Rennell
State Parties: Solomon Islands
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.18, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Welcomes the progress achieved in the development of an overall management framework for the serial property, as required by the Opertational Guidelines, as well as management plans for each of the component parts of the property; 4.  Urges the State Party to expedite the development of an effective management and monitoring framework for tourism, and requests the State Party to provide three printed and ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Central Highlands of Sri Lanka
State Parties: Sri Lanka
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.19 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Notes with concern that expansion works on Highway 304 have been completed outside the property without the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures along the sections of the highway within the property, and requests the State Party to: a)  Urgently submit the completed EIA for section 26-29 km along with detailed plans for ecologically effective wildlife corridors including a detailed ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex
State Parties: Thailand
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.21 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Takes note of conclusion of the World Heritage Centre / IUCN monitoring mission that the recent capacity upgrades of ski facilities undertaken in the buffer zone of the property do not appear to have negatively impacted the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, and requests the State Party to ensure developments in the buffer zone are assessed to ensure that they do not create impacts on the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Pirin National Park
State Parties: Bulgaria
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 07 COM VIII adopted at its 7th session (Florence, 1983), 3.   Notes with concern the request for renewal of the prospection license for liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons by the Melrose Mediterranean Limited and Noble Energie France companies, given that this prospection stage could be extended by an exploratory drilling activity during the second half of 2013 in the event of satisfactory results; 4.   Considers that the exploratory drillings in ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve
State Parties: France
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.30, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009), 3.  Welcomes the efforts of the State Party to increase inspection, monitoring and waste removal from the property; 4.  Reiterates its request to the State Party to ensure that ministerial approval and adequate finance are in place for the implementation of the Management Plan and to establish an effective monitoring system that considers potential climate change impacts on the property; 5.  Notes the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve
State Parties: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.23 adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.  Regrets that the State Party report provides information only on the 4 components of the property managed by the regional authorities but not on the two federally administered components and does not provide detailed information on trends in wildlife populations in the property, including salmon, the integrated management framework, the draft Regulation of the “Kamchatka Nature Park, and an ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Volcanoes of Kamchatka
State Parties: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.23, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Notes with serious concern that the permit for operation of the Baikalsk Paper and Pulp Mill (BPPM) has been extended to 2015 without adequate measures being in place to address the problem of waste water discharged into the lake, recalls the State Party’s commitment made at the 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), to develop and implement a closed-loop water system by December 2012; 4.  Requests the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Lake Baikal
State Parties: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decisions 32 COM 7B.25, 34 COM 7B.24, and 35 COM 7B.24, adopted at its 32nd (Quebec City, 2008), 34th (Brasilia, 2010) and 35th (UNESCO, 2011) sessions respectively, 3.  Expresses its utmost concern about Federal Law No. 365-FZ dated 30 November 2011, which is weakening the protection status of Strict State Nature Reserves and therefore could affect the Outstanding Universal Value of several World Heritage properties in the Russian Federation and reiterates its request to the State ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Western Caucasus
State Parties: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2. Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.25, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3. Deeply regrets that the State Party has not implemented the key recommendations of the UNESCO/IUCN mission, namely to immediately halt the planned gold mine within the property and to reverse the boundary changes which removed the legal protection status of four areas within the property, including the 19.9 square km gold mining site; 4. Expresses its utmost concern that since its 35th session, full-scale gold mining ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Virgin Komi Forests
State Parties: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decisions 35 COM 7B.26, 33 COM 7B.27 and 32 COM 7B.22 adopted at its 35th (UNESCO, 2011), 33rd (Seville, 2009) and 32nd (Quebec City, 2008) sessions respectively, 3.  Takes note of the conclusion of the 2012 World Heritage Centre/IUCN monitoring mission that the Outstanding Universal Value of the property continues to be preserved, and welcomes the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations of the 2007 mission; 4.  Also takes note of the affirmation by the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Golden Mountains of Altai
State Parties: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.27, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.  Welcomes the progress made by the State Party in the implementation of the rat eradication programme, and the reported preliminary results indicating the success of the eradication operation with minimal negative impacts on non-target species; 4.  Urges the State Party, in close cooperation with the Pitcairn authorities and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, to rapidly finalize biosecurity ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Henderson Island
State Parties: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.  Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.28, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.  Commends the State Party for the substantial progress made to find effective solutions to conservation issues affecting the property, particularly relating to bison migration, suppression of the lake trout population, mitigation of human-grizzly bear conflict, improvement in winter visitor use, and mining and road impacts; 4.  Notes that the conservation programmes will require sustained effort and ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Yellowstone National Park
State Parties: United States of America
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.30, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.  Regrets that little progress has been made in formalizing and operationalizing transboundary cooperation with the neighbouring Iguaçu National Park World Heritage property in Brazil, despite having been informed by the State Party of Brazil at its 34th session that the signing of such an agreement was imminent; 4.  Reiterates its request that the State Party of Argentina, in cooperation with ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Iguazu National Park
State Parties: Argentina
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.31, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010) and recalling the recommendations of the 2008 reactive monitoring mission report; 3.  Regrets that little progress has been made in formalizing and operationalizing transboundary cooperation with the neighbouring Iguazu National Park World Heritage property in Argentina, despite having been informed by the State Party at its 34th session that the signing of such an agreement was imminent; 4.  Reiterates ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Iguaçu National Park
State Parties: Brazil
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.28, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011); 3.  Notes with concern that the majority of the Chapada dos Veadeiros component of this serial property continues to no longer benefit from National Park status, and that its integrity is no longer guaranteed; 4.  Also recalling the State Party’s earlier commitment to resolve this situation by March 2012; 5.  Also notes that the State Party has committed to presenting the final project for the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks
State Parties: Brazil
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.29, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Welcomes the examples of transboundary cooperation in management planning, in addressing the requests of the World Heritage Committee, and in carrying out field missions; 4.  Regrets that the State Party of Panama was unable to invite a reactive monitoring mission to the property, as requested in Decision 35 COM 7B.29; 5.  Expresses its serious concern about the State Party of Panama’s ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park
State Parties: Costa Rica Panama
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B,  2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.30, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Welcomes the further progress achieved by the State Party in implementing the recommendations of the 2010 World Heritage Centre/IUCN reactive monitoring mission; 4.  Requests the State Party to sustain its efforts to implement all of the recommendations of the reactive monitoring mission, in particular those where  activities are at the planning stage and require finalization and implementation ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Galápagos Islands
State Parties: Ecuador
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.33, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation of the property, as requested by the World Heritage Committee in Decision 35 COM 7B.33; 4.  Takes note that it is unclear whether the Management Plan for the Special Zone of Marine Protection has been finalized and adopted as previously urged by the World Heritage Committee in Decision 35 COM 7B.33, and considers that the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection
State Parties: Panama
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.35, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.  Also recalling the State Party’s intervention at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), in which it committed to a strict moratorium on further development within the property; 4.  Notes with grave concern that additional developments within the property were granted in 2011, despite the as yet incomplete drafting of the Limits to Acceptable Change and of development regulations and guidelines, which ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Pitons Management Area
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.36 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Welcomes the progress made by the State Party in addressing the recommendations made by the 2007, 2008 and 2011 missions, particularly in relation to tourism management, control of invasive species, control of poaching and the pastoralism strategy; 4.   Urges the State Party to finalize the Memorandum of Understanding and secure the necessary resources to have a fully operational ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
State Parties: United Republic of Tanzania
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.38, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Welcomes the State Party’s commitment under the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement to provide interim protection to forests adjacent to the property from logging activities while assessments are undertaken to identify the values of these area, including the Upper Florentine, and areas within the Styx, Huon, Picton and Counsel River Valleys; 4.   Also welcomes ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Tasmanian Wilderness
State Parties: Australia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.40 and 34 COM 7B.39 adopted at its 33rd (Seville, 2009) and 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions respectively, 3.   Welcomes with interest the elements of information concerning the joint governance of the property, whilst encouraging the State Parties to finalize the participation of representatives of the two national parks in the jurisdictions of these institutions; 4.   Regrets that no concrete progress has been accomplished concerning ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Pyrénées - Mont Perdu
State Parties: France Spain
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decisions 32 COM 7B.43 and 34 COM 7B.40, adopted at its 32nd (Quebec City, 2008) and its 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions respectively; 3.   Notes with satisfaction the progress made by the State Party and the Holy Community of Mount Athos to prepare a preliminary inter-disciplinary management plan which will address the recommendations of the 2006 joint reactive monitoring mission and the recommendations of the Committee and which, once approved, will form the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Mount Athos
State Parties: Greece
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.38, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Acknowledges the information provided on the implementation of actions at the property, and regrets that no substantial progress has been made in addressing threats to the property that have been underscored for more than ten years; 4.   Considers that threats to the property derived from increased public use, continued difficulties with access routes, deficiencies in ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
State Parties: Peru
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.43, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party in regard to the state of conservation of the property and urges it to continue its efforts in the sustained implementation of conservation and management measures; 4.   Expresses its concern at the damage caused to the Houégbadja Palace by the fire in January 2012 and the lack of any mention of the fire and its impact ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Royal Palaces of Abomey
State Parties: Benin
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.45 adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party, in particular the efforts made towards the delimitation of boundaries of the property and of a suggested buffer zone, as well as the submission of a draft retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value; 4.   Expresses its concern that the construction of the Orthodox Church Museum has started on the property without ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Aksum
State Parties: Ethiopia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.44, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party, notably the development of maps of the property’s boundaries and suggested buffer zone, and requests the State Party to submit the finalized maps in the context of the retrospective inventory and plans of the suggested buffer zone as a minor modification; 4.   Encourages the State Party to finalize the consultation ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela
State Parties: Ethiopia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.39, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Notes the general information provided by the State Party on the Lamu-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor, Lamu Port development, encroachment and uncontrolled development in the Shela sand dunes and Lamu Old Town; 4.   Expresses its strong concern that detailed information on the LAPSSET corridor and Lamu Port project, such as its scope, projected kinds of primary ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Lamu Old Town
State Parties: Kenya
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.47, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Acknowledges the information provided on the state of conservation of the property and the measures implemented in regard to its conservation; 4.   Notes with concern the conservation conditions at the property and the lack of significant progress made in implementing the management and conservation plans; 5.   Expresses its regret at the demolition of the Old ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Old Towns of Djenné
State Parties: Mali
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.41, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Welcomes the progress made by the State Party in improving the management system for the property and urges it to secure the necessary resources for its effective operation; 4.   Notes the results of the March 2012 reactive monitoring mission and encourages the State Party to implement its recommendations, with particular emphasis on: a)  Finalize the updating of the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Aapravasi Ghat
State Parties: Mauritius
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.50, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Commends the State Party for the considerable progress made in improving the state of conservation of the property including the completion of the management plan, the hiring and training of staff, establishment of new zones for residential use to reduce congestion in Macuti Town, the infrastructure projects of sewage and water provision and the increased dialogue over conservation issues ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Island of Mozambique
State Parties: Mozambique
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 8B.14, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Notes with satisfaction that the decisions taken by the State Party are steps in the right direction towards greater attention to the management of the cultural heritage of the property and encourages it to continue its efforts; 4.   Requests the State Party to: a)  Continue to give priority attention to the simultaneous protection and conservation of cultural elements of the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Saloum Delta
State Parties: Senegal
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.44, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Regrets that mining activities were re-started before the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission was able to consider the Heritage Impact Assessment on site; 4.   Requests the State Party to submit the relevant documents to clarify the delineation of the property and of its buffer zone; 5.   Also requests the State Party to ensure that any ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.45, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Notes the information provided by the State Party on the efforts made to improve the conservation and management of the property; 4.   Also notes that the Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) has been undertaken on the proposed hotel complex development at Mambo Msiige and the adjacent designated public open space, and that it has been submitted to the World Heritage Centre for review by ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Stone Town of Zanzibar
State Parties: United Republic of Tanzania
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.56, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report as requested; 4.   Reiterates its request to the State Party for: a)  An integrated management plan for the property as a whole, b)  The establishment of a West Bank buffer zone; 5.   Also reiterates its request to the State Party, in accordance to Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, to provide ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis
State Parties: Egypt
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.48, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Regrets that the State Party did not provide a state of conservation report as requested; 4.   Acknowledges the information provided by the team of the Urban Regeneration project for Historic Cairo (URHC) on the progress made in the implementation of the project; 5.   Expresses its deep concern about the state of conservation of the property; 6.   Urges the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historic Cairo
State Parties: Egypt
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.51, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Notes the information provided by the State Party on the implementation of actions at the property and urges it to secure the necessary resources to address holistically pressing concerns at the property and to prioritise the development of a management plan; 4.   Also urges the State Party to finalize the process of definition of a buffer zone for the property, including the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Tyre
State Parties: Lebanon
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.52, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Notes with concern the persistence of problems of management on the property reflected in the State Party’s report; 4.   Also notes the report of the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to the property and endorses its recommendations; 5.   Urges the State Party to take all appropriate measures to maintain the attributes of the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab)
State Parties: Lebanon
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.53, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Regrets that the State Party has not submitted a state of conservation report to its previous four sessions; 4.   Urges the State Party to implement its earlier decisions and measures recommended by the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission of January 2007; 5.   Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, a state of ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Archaeological Site of Cyrene
State Parties: Libya
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.54, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Encourages the State Party, once conditions allow, to implement the action plan and the recommendations made by the 2011 reactive monitoring mission; 4.   Invites the State Party to consider submitting an International Assistance request for the implementation of priority measures and for the development of a multi-faceted conservation and management strategy for the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus
State Parties: Libya
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.60, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Regrets that the State Party has not submitted the requested report; 4.   Strongly urges the State Party to implement all the recommendations, notably those concerning the establishment of legal protection, the consolidation of appropriate local management mechanisms and the preparation of a management plan for the property; 5.   Requests the State Party to transmit ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Ancient Ksour of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata
State Parties: Mauritania
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.62, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Acknowledges the revised project scheme for the souq rehabilitation, requests that details of the final plans be submitted to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies and recommends that the State Party undertake immediate emergency measures for the shops affected by critical decay or disintegration; 4.   Notes the submission of the revised Management plan, ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Bahla Fort
State Parties: Oman
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 8B.23, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Expresses its utmost concern for the country's current situation, the loss of life and potential risks to the property; 4.   Notes the report sent by the State Party and the circumstances that hinder the implementation of responses to recommendations of the World Heritage Committee; 5.   Maintains most of its previous recommendations and requests the State Party ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Ancient Villages of Northern Syria
State Parties: Syrian Arab Republic
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.59, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Notes the report presented by the State Party and the information provided on the property’s boundaries; 4.   Encourages the State Party to continue its policy of land management of the areas in the archaeological zone to avoid alteration to the integrity of the property; 5.   Requests the State Party to implement the recommendations of the joint World Heritage ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Archaeological Site of Carthage
State Parties: Tunisia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.60, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Regrets that the State Party did not submit the report as requested; 4.   Expresses its concern at the increasing vulnerability of the property as a result of the current difficult situation as well as the potential threats to its integrity; 5.   Calls upon the international community to support the State Party, in co-operation with the World Heritage Centre and the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Old City of Sana'a
State Parties: Yemen
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.70, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Acknowledges the efforts made by the State Party to address the conservation issues at the property; and notes the pragmatic approach currently applied by the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) to retain its special legal status, under the Bodhgaya Temple Act of 1949; 4.   Also notes the results of the February 2011 joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM reactive ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya
State Parties: India
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.71, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Takes note of the further reduction in height of the Jahan-Nama Building and reiterates its request to the State Party to confirm as soon as possible, in writing, to the World Heritage Centre, that the demolition has been completed; 4.   Requests the State Party to submit, as a matter of urgency, to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, detailed information ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Meidan Emam, Esfahan
State Parties: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.77 adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009), 3.   Acknowledges the submission of the revised urban plan which proposes a buffer zone, as well as priority zones for development; 4.   Notes the suspension of the hotel projects near the Mekong River and requests the State Party to revise these projects in line with the new urban plan and based on full Heritage Impact Assessments; 5.   Regrets that the airport runway ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Town of Luang Prabang
State Parties: Lao People's Democratic Republic
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.72, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation of the property as requested by the World Heritage Committee; 4.   Expresses its concern that infrastructure developments have occurred at the property without heritage impact assessments carried out or without a landscape plan in place and urges the State Party to implement necessary measures to ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape
State Parties: Lao People's Democratic Republic
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.74, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Notes the progress in developing the Integrated Management Plan (IMP) as well as the conservation measures taken for the property; 4.   Requests the State Party to continue its work on the finalization of the Integrated Management Plan (IMP), and to continue its commitment to not approving any development project within the property or in the adjacent areas identified as having ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha
State Parties: Nepal
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.75, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Takes note of the results of the November 2011 joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to the property; 4.   Welcomes the cancellation of the tunnel road construction; 5.   Urges the State Party to propose an alternative new route by determining a trajectory which passes around and outside the property boundary and to mitigate urgently the road ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Kathmandu Valley
State Parties: Nepal
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.76, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Expresses concern that little progress has been made in addressing the requests of the Committee at their last session or the recommendations of the previous mission in relation to the serious degradation of the property; 4.   Considers that the very extensive property with its thousands of monuments could be considered to be under serious threat; 5.   Takes note of ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta
State Parties: Pakistan
  The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.78, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Regrets that no state of conservation report has been submitted by the State Party since 2009 despite the requests of the Committee at its 34th and 35th sessions and notes that the concerns raised by the 2010 reactive monitoring mission remain unaddressed; 4.   Also notes the submission of the Galle Management Plan (2010) by the State Party, and urges the State Party to ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
State Parties: Sri Lanka
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.80, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Welcomes the progress made by the State Party in the preparation of the Management Plan and encourages the State Party to continue its cooperation with Ministry of Culture, local authorities, the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS to finalize the Management Plan for submission by 1 February 2013 for review by ICOMOS; 4.   Requests the State Party to ensure that the Management Plan ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures
State Parties: Uzbekistan
The World Heritage Committee,  1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.75, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Takes note with satisfaction of the approval and entry into force of the “Management Plan of the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley” on 28 December 2011; 4.   Requests the State Party to update the Management Plan as soon as the Retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value is adopted by the Committee; 5.   Also requests the State Party to ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley
State Parties: Andorra
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.77, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Takes note of the progress made by the State Party in addressing concerns raised in prior sessions of World Heritage Committee and urges it to secure the necessary resources for the sustained operation of the management system currently in place and for the implementation of prescribed priority conservation and rehabilitation actions; 4.   Expresses its serious concern about ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower
State Parties: Azerbaijan
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decisions 33 COM 7B.94 and 34 COM 7B.79, adopted respectively at its 33rd (Seville, 2009) and 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions, 3.   Recognizes the efforts of the State Party in the preparation of the Management Plan and requests the State Party to finalize this Plan, also taking into account the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Historic Urban Landscape (November 2011) and to submit it in 2013 to the World Heritage Centre for examination by the Advisory Bodies, ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historic Centre of Brugge
State Parties: Belgium
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.89, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Welcomes the information that the building permissions for the Epoque Towers on the Pankrác Plain have been revoked and acknowledges the progress towards a land-use plan amendment extending the height restriction zone on the basis of a ban on buildings of excessive height and detailed regulations for the authorisation of high buildings outside the prohibition zone; 4.   ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historic Centre of Prague
State Parties: Czechia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.83 adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Takes note of the results of the November 2011 joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission, particularly, the conclusion that wind turbines impact adversely on the landscape setting of the property which provides its context and supports its Outstanding Universal Value; 4.   Strongly recommends the State Party to implement all the recommendations of the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
State Parties: France
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.84, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Takes note of the information provided by the State Party in response to the concerns raised by the revision of the Architectural, Urban, and Landscape Heritage Protection Zones (ZPPAUP) and their possible transformation into architecture and heritage enhancement areas (AVAP) before 15 July 2015; 4.   Notes with satisfaction of the convention between the State and the Town of Provins concluded on 9 December 2004, ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Provins, Town of Medieval Fairs
State Parties: France
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Welcomes the State Party's allocation of funding for the conservation of the property; 3.   Commends the State Party for its decision to abandon the construction of a waste dump in the Corcolle area; 4.   Requests the State Party to inform the World Heritage Centre in due time about any major development project planned in the buffer zone of the property, including the housing development at Comprensorio di Ponte Lucano, for which a Heritage Impact Assessment ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
State Parties: Italy
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Extends its sympathy to the victims of the floods of October 2011 and their families; 3.   Takes note of the emergency response provided by the State Party and encourages the State Party to conduct a detailed survey in order to obtain further information on the state of conservation of the property; 4.   Commends the steps undertaken by the regional authorities for the safeguarding of the property; 5.   Notes that the State Party has invited an advisory ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
State Parties: Italy
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decisions 31 COM 7B.114, 32 COM 7B.98 and 34 COM 7B.91 adopted at its 31st (Christchurch, 2007), 32nd (Quebec City, 2008) and 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions respectively, 3.   Welcomes the submission of the first joint report by the two States Parties; 4.   Recognizes the efforts made by both States Parties to ensure the safeguarding of the property and encourages them to continue such efforts in cooperation with the World Heritage Centre and the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Curonian Spit
State Parties: Lithuania Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.114, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009), 3.   Welcomes the progress made in updating and adopting the Management Plan; 4.   Requests the State Party to submit three printed and electronic copies of the revised Management Plan, including information how the issue of tourism pressure is addressed, to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies; 5.   Takes note that the State Party has submitted a draft ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor
State Parties: Montenegro
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36 COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.101 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Takes note of the results of the mission concerning the overall improved state of conservation of the property but notes certain shortcomings in the quality of works on the Main Restaurant Pavilion and urges the State Party to ensure higher standards during future works; 4.   Requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, full ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Centennial Hall in Wrocław
State Parties: Poland
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 25 COM X.A, adopted at its 25th session (Helsinki, 2001), 3.   Notes with concern the conclusions of the ICOMOS advisory mission that the potential impacts of the Foz Tua Hydro-electric Dam Project on the property and its setting would cause irreversible damage to the Outstanding Universal Value of the property; 4.   Also notes with concern that initial planning processes for this project have not taken full account of the World Heritage status ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Alto Douro Wine Region
State Parties: Portugal
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.93, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Takes note of the measures established by the State Party to ensure the monitoring of the state of conservation of the property, as well as its protection and management, in particular the institution of the World Heritage Bureau of Sighişoara, and encourages it to pursue all the activities undertaken to ensure a good conservation of the Historic Centre of Sighişoara; 4.   ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historic Centre of Sighişoara
State Parties: Romania
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.94, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Acknowledges the progress made by the State Party in the implementation of the World Heritage Committees decisions and in the restoration works and urges it to continue these efforts in close collaboration with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies; 4.   Takes note of the results of the reactive monitoring mission of February 2011 and the advisory mission of ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Kizhi Pogost
State Parties: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.103, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Expresses its concern at the impact of a considerable number of major projects completed in recent years in the property and its buffer zone on the overall urban silhouette and on the harmonious relationship of the 16th- 18th century buildings within their planned urban surroundings; 4.   Notes the highly negative impact of the reconstructed Cathedral of the Assumption on the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl
State Parties: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.104, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Notes the conclusions of the International expert forum on boundary issues held in Saint Petersburg regarding the establishment of an international open-ended group of experts on boundary issue; 4.   Welcomes the efforts of the State Party deployed for cancelation of the “Okhta-Center” tower project, also notes the development of a new skyscraper project of the Lakhta ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments
State Parties: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.107 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Regrets that the State Party did not submit a state of conservation report and has not otherwise provided information on the implementation of its decision; 4.   Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre detailed information concerning the Master Plan of the Solovetsky Monastery and any other planning documents prior to the mission; 5.   ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands
State Parties: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.99, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Takes note of the draft Management Plan of the property and requests the State Party to take into account the results of its review by the Advisory Bodies; 4.   Also takes note that the State Party has submitted a draft retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value for the property; 5.   Urges the State Party to complete, as soon as possible, the Special Plan ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Old City of Salamanca
State Parties: Spain
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decisions 33 COM 7B.123, 34 COM 7B.100, 35 COM 7B.110, adopted at its 33rd (Seville, 2009), 34th (Brasilia, 2010) and 35th (UNESCO, 2011) sessions respectively, 3.   Regrets that work on the Torre Pelli-Cajasol has not been suspended, as requested by the Committee at its last session, and that no discussions or consultations have been undertaken to consider how the project could be improved and any possible impact further reduced; 4.   Notes with ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias in Seville
State Parties: Spain
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.102 (Brasilia, 2010) and 35 COM 7B.111 (UNESCO, 2011), adopted at its 34th and 35th session respectively, 3.   Notes that an Advisory Expert Committee has been established, as requested by the Committee, but expresses its regret that the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies have not been involved in the work of this Committee until its 8th meeting in April 2012 at UNESCO; 4.   Regrets that, according to the information ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historic Areas of Istanbul
State Parties: Turkey
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.112, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Expresses its grave concern at the degradation of the panorama along the Dnieper river and that the ongoing construction of high-rise buildings could affect the Outstanding Universal Value of the property; 4.   Reiterates its requests to the State Party to impose a moratorium on all high-rise buildings, to implement, in coordination with the City Administration all necessary ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
State Parties: Ukraine
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.114 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party on the protection of the visual integrity of the property and in respect to major developments in the area and urges it to continue to develop the National Planning Policy Framework to consolidate existing planning policies; 4.   Notes the results of the December 2011 reactive monitoring mission to the property and ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Tower of London
State Parties: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.115, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party on the protection of the visual integrity of the property and in respect to major developments in the area; 4.   Notes the results of the December 2011 joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to the property and encourages the State Party to implement its recommendations, in particular: a)  ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church
State Parties: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.118 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party in regard to the state of conservation of the property and welcomes the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations from the 2006 joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission; 4.   Notes the results of the November 2011 reactive monitoring mission, including the evaluation of the current ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City
State Parties: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 30 COM 8B.50, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006), 3.   Expresses its utmost concern that full details of the resumption of mining at South Crofty were submitted to the World Heritage Centre after planning consent had been issued, contrary to the request of the World Heritage Committee at the time of inscription, and considers that these projects should be halted until an assessment has been made of their impacts; 4.   Takes note that mining within World Heritage ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
State Parties: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 8B.42, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Notes that a programme for traditional building conservation is being planned; and encourages the State Party to ensure that this is directed by experts trained in traditional building conservation and that there is involvement from local tertiary institutions through the development of a national programme in collaboration with local or regional universities and technical ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison
State Parties: Barbados
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.120, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Acknowledges the submission of the Geophysical study of the Cerro Rico Mountain; 4.   Notes the creation of an Emergency Committee for the safety of Cerro Rico Mountain which will be responsible for the development of a Strategic Emergency Plan, and urges the State Party to finalize this Strategic Emergency Plan as soon as possible; 5.   Encourages the State Party to ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: City of Potosí
State Parties: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.121, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Takes note of the results of the 2012 reactive monitoring mission to the property, endorses its recommendations and requests the State Party to implement them, with priority actions on the following processes: a)  Ensure that the original characteristics, spirit and scale of the original project designed by Lucio Costa, which warranted inscription on the World Heritage List, are ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Brasilia
State Parties: Brazil
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.107, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Notes the finalization of the Special Protection and Management Plan for the property, and urges the State Party to finalize its approval process as soon as possible, and to secure the required resources to guarantee the sustained implementation of the provisions made; and requests the State Party to provide copies of this Plan to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena
State Parties: Colombia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.125 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Takes note of the information provided by the State Party concerning the steps taken to implement the World Heritage Committee Decisions, and recognizes the efforts deployed by the Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National (ISPAN )to ensure the safeguarding of the property; 4.   Thanks the Government of Spain and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: National History Park – Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers
State Parties: Haiti
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.126, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Notes that no direct impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the inscribed property is to be expected from the construction of the Rio Amarillo Aerodrome and requests the State Party, should a decision be made to proceed with its construction, to update the Environmental Impact Assessment and carry out a Heritage Impact Assessment to identify mitigation measures; 4.   ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Maya Site of Copan
State Parties: Honduras
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.111, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), 3.   Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party on the conservation conditions of the property and encourages it to use the resulting baseline documentation for the development of a priority action plan and for subsequent monitoring of conditions; 4.   Urges the State Party to take the necessary steps to ensure the full implementation of the Management Plan and to secure ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan
State Parties: Mexico
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.129, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2010), 3.   Notes the limited implementation of activities being carried out by the State Party with regards to the fragile state of conservation of the property; 4.   Reiterates its deep concern regarding the state of conservation of the property, in particular the significant and accelerated degradation of the historic fabric which directly impacts its Outstanding Universal Value, and the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo
State Parties: Panama
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.130, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Reiterates its deep concern regarding the state of conservation of the property, in particular unaddressed issues including the efficacy of the management system, the risk of collapse of historic buildings in the Historic Centre and the potential impacts related to the Cinta Costera project; 4.   Also recalls the report provided by the reactive monitoring mission of October ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá
State Parties: Panama
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.132, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Takes note of the information provided by the State Party regarding work carried out at the property and expresses its concern that many of the required actions to ensure the holistic conservation and protection of the property have remained in planning stages since 2008; 4.   Urges the State Party to implement the following activities: a)  Finalize the risk preparedness ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historical Centre of the City of Arequipa
State Parties: Peru
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B, 2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.135, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), 3.   Welcomes the development of the Management Plan for the property and requests the State Party to finalize its approval process at the national and local level; 4.   Encourages the State Party to continue its efforts in the harmonisation of planning tools for the property, in particular the articulation of the recently developed Management Plan with the Local Plan for Sustainable ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento
State Parties: Uruguay
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add, 2.   Congratulates the State Party for having immediately expressed its concern regarding the worsening threats to the World Heritage cultural properties, in particular to Timbuktu and the Tomb of Askia, and for having requested UNESCO assistance for measures to be undertaken in the event of a future deterioration of the situation; 3.   Thanks the Director-General of UNESCO for having sent a mission to Mali to study with the State Party emergency measures to be taken to ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons) Old Towns of Djenné Timbuktu Tomb of Askia
The World Heritage Committee: 1.   Recalling the high-level UNESCO mission to the State Party of Mali that was sent in May 2012 at the decision of the Director-General of UNESCO, in response to the disastrous occupation of the cultural property of the Timbuktu shrines by armed groups, and met with the senior government officials, including the Prime Minister and the Minister of Culture in order to offer support to the people of Mali, 2.   Further recalling that during the UNESCO high-level mission, both the Government of Mali and UNESCO agreed to reinforce the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Timbuktu
State Parties: Mali
The World Heritage Committee, 1.Having examined document WHC-12/36.COM/7C, 2.Recalling Decisions 35 COM 7C and 35 COM 12E adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), Significant factors negatively impacting the Outstanding Universal Value 3.Takes note of the statistical analysis and encourages the World Heritage Centre to continue with the production of such informative data, including regional analyses; Recurrent conservation issues 4.Also takes note of the completion of the independent review process on extractive industries and World Heritage properties as a contribution to the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast Mantua and Sabbioneta
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/8A, 2.   Stressing the importance of the process of revision and updating of Tentative Lists, as a tool for the regional harmonization of the World Heritage List and of long term planning of its development; 3.   Takes note of the Tentative Lists presented in Annexes 2 and 3 of this ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
The World Heritage Committee, 1.    Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/8B, 2.   Approves the proposed name change to Los Glaciares as proposed by the Argentine authorities. The name of the property becomes Los Glaciares National Park in English and Parc national de Los Glaciares in ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Los Glaciares National Park
State Parties: Argentina
The World Heritage Committee, 1.    Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/8B, 2.    Approves the proposed name change to Skellig Michael as proposed by the Irish authorities. The name of the property becomes Sceilg Mhichíl in English as well as in French.
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Sceilg Mhichíl
State Parties: Ireland
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/8B, 2.    Approves the proposed name change to Pueblo de Taos as proposed by the American authorities. The name of the property becomes Taos Pueblo in English as well as in French.
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Taos Pueblo
State Parties: United States of America
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/8B, Approves the proposed name change to Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures as proposed by the Uzbek authorities. The name of the property becomes Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures in English.
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures
State Parties: Uzbekistan
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B.Add and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1.Add2, 2.  Considers that the conditions required by paragraph 161 of the Operational Guidelines are fully met, concerning damage or serious and specific dangers to the Church of the Nativity that make its condition an emergency that needs to be addressed by the World Heritage Committee with immediate action necessary for the survival of the property; 3.  Inscribes the Birthplace of Jesus, Church of the Nativity and the pilgrimage route, Bethlehem, Palestine, on ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem
State Parties: Palestine
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B2, 2.  Inscribes the Lakes of Ounianga, Chad, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criterion (vii); 3.  Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis Located in North-Eastern Chad, in a hot and hyperarid desert setting with less than 2mm rainfall per year, the Lakes of Ounianga comprises a total of 18 lakes, in two groups, displaying a variety of sizes, depths, colorations and chemical compositions. The property covers 62,808 ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Lakes of Ounianga
State Parties: Chad
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B2, 2.  Inscribes the Sangha Trinational, Cameroon, Central African Republic and Congo, on the World Heritage List under criteria (ix) and (x); 3.  Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis Sangha Trinational (TNS) is a transboundary conservation complex in the North-western Congo Basin where Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo meet. TNS encompasses three contiguous national parks totalling a ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Sangha Trinational
State Parties: Cameroon Central African Republic Congo
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B2, 2.   Inscribes the Chengjiang Fossil Site, China, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criterion (viii); 3.  Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The Chengjiang Fossil Site, located in the Province of Yunnan, China, conserves fossil remains which are of exceptional significance. The rocks and fossils of the Chengjiang Fossil Site present an outstanding and extraordinarily preserved record that testifies to the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Chengjiang Fossil Site
State Parties: China
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/ 36.COM/INF.8B2, 2.   Inscribes the Western Ghats, India, on the World Heritage List, on the basis of criteria (ix) and (x); 3.   Adopts the following provisional Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The Western Ghats are internationally recognized as a region of immense global importance for the conservation of biological diversity, besides containing areas of high geological, cultural and aesthetic values. A chain of mountains running parallel ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Western Ghats
State Parties: India
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B2, 2.   Inscribes the Lena Pillars Nature Park, Russian Federation, on the World Heritage List, on the basis of criterion (viii); 3.   Adopts the following provisional Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The property of the Lena Pillars Nature Park describes key stories about our planet and the early evolution of life, namely a record of the Cambrian Explosion and the story of the emergence of the frozen ground karst ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Lena Pillars Nature Park
State Parties: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B, WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1 and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B2, 2.   Inscribes the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Palau, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii), (v), (vii), (ix) and (x); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The Rock Islands Southern Lagoon consists of numerous large and small forested limestone islands, scattered within a marine lagoon protected by a barrier reef. The property lies within Koror State, ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Rock Islands Southern Lagoon
State Parties: Palau
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B, WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1 and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B2, 2.   Inscribes the Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves, Israel, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii) and (v); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The four Mount Carmel caves (Tabun, Jamal, el-Wad and Skhul) and their terraces are clustered adjacent to each other along the south side of the Nahal ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves
State Parties: Israel
The nomination of Plasencia-Monfrague-Trujillo: Mediterranean Landscape, Spain, was withdrawn at the request of the State Party.
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
State Parties: Spain
The nomination of Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, Mexico, was withdrawn at the request of the State Party.
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
State Parties: Mexico
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes the Bassari Country: Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes, Senegal, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii), (v) and (vi); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The cultural landscape of Bassari is located in south-eastern Senegal, close to the Mali and Guinean borders, in a hilly territory, formed by the northern foothills of the Fouta Djallon Massif. Two distinct ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Bassari Country: Bassari, Fula and Bedik Cultural Landscapes
State Parties: Senegal
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B.Add and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1.Add, 2.   Inscribes the Historic Town of Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii) and (iv); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The historic town of Grand-Bassam is an example of a colonial town built at the end of the 19th century and during the early 20th century. It follows a planning concept based on the specialisation of quarters for ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Historic Town of Grand-Bassam
State Parties: Côte d'Ivoire
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes Rabat, modern capital and historic city: a shared heritage, Morocco, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value; Brief synthesis Rabat bears witness to a capital city conceived at the time of the Protectorate, at the beginning of the 20th century. The project successfully adapts modernist town planning and architectural values within the context ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage
State Parties: Morocco
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Refers the nomination of Al Zubarah Archaeological Site, Qatar, back to the State Party, in order to allow it to: a)   Further develop its understanding of how the fabric of Al Zubarah and its desert hinterland were an exceptional testimony to a specific interaction between nomadic herders, pearl divers, fishermen and traders that once characterised the way of life in the Gulf by: (i)   Presenting the results of surveys and excavations ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Al Zubarah Archaeological Site
State Parties: Qatar
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B.Add and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1.Add, 2.   Inscribes Pearling, testimony of an island economy, Bahrain, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criterion (iii); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The traditional sea-use of harvesting pearls from oyster beds in the Persian Gulf shaped the island of Bahrain’s economy for millennia. As the best-known source of pearls since ancient times, the Gulf industry reached the apex of ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy
State Parties: Bahrain
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes the Site of Xanadu, China, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii), (iii), (iv) and (vi); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value; Brief synthesis The Site of Xanadu is the site of a grassland capital characteristic of cultural fusion, witnessing clashes and mutual assimilation between the nomadic and agrarian civilisations in northern Asia. Located on the southeast edge of the Mongolian ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Site of Xanadu
State Parties: China
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Refers the nomination of the Hill Forts of Rajasthan, India, back to the State Party, in order to allow it to: a)   Provide a more detailed approach for the selection of the components to show that they present the various categories of Rajput military architecture in the whole range of the Rajput kingdoms’ physiographical terrain, b)   Provide more information on management of the five components under the Fort Apex Advisory ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Hill Forts of Rajasthan
State Parties: India
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2. Inscribes the Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), on the World Heritage List, on the basis of criterion (ii); 3. Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis Masjed-e Jāme’ is the oldest Friday (congregational) mosque in Iran, located in the historical centre of Isfahan. The monument illustrates a sequence of architectural construction and decorative styles of different periods in Iranian Islamic architecture, covering 12 ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan
State Parties: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes Gonbad-e Qābus, Iran (Islamic Republic of), on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis Visible from great distances in the surrounding lowlands near the ancient Ziyarid capital, Jorjan, the 53-metre high Gonbad-e Qābus tower dominates the town laid out around its base in the early 20th century. The tower’s ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Gonbad-e Qābus
State Parties: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes the Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley, Malaysia, on the World Heritage List, on the basis of criteria (iii) and (iv); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The lush Lenggong Valley on the Malay Peninsula contains evidence in open-air and cave sites along the Perak River spanning all the periods of hominid history outside Africa from 1.83 million to 1,700 years ago. Undisturbed ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Archaeological Heritage of the Lenggong Valley
State Parties: Malaysia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy, Indonesia, on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape on the basis of criteria (iii), (v) and (vi); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis A line of volcanoes dominate the landscape of Bali and have provided it with fertile soil which, combined with a wet tropical climate, ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy
State Parties: Indonesia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes the Landscape of Grand Pré, Canada, on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape on the basis of criteria (v) and (vi); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The Grand Pré ‘marshland’ and the remains of the associated old villages constitute a cultural landscape bearing testimony to a remarkable effort, over many centuries, using the polder technique to ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Landscape of Grand Pré
State Parties: Canada
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2. Refers the nomination of the Sacral Complex on the remains of the Roman Forum in Zadar, Croatia, back to the State Party in order to allow it to: a) Consider whether it is possible to review the justification for the nomination on the basis of more substantial evidence to support the idea that the Sacral Complex could be considered exceptional as an ensemble related to the way it developed over time, b) Support such a review by a detailed comparative analysis that compares the ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
State Parties: Croatia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes the Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin, France, on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape on the basis of criteria (ii), (iv) and (vi); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin corresponds to the French part of the northwest European coal seam. On a broad open plain, it extends some 120 km, through the two administrative departments of Nord and ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
State Parties: France
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes the Margravial Opera House Bayreuth, Germany, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (i) and (iv); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The 18th century Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth is a masterwork of Baroque theatre architecture, commissioned by Margravine Wilhelmine of Brandenburg as a venue for opera seria over which the princely couple ceremonially presided. The ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Margravial Opera House Bayreuth
State Parties: Germany
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, Defers the examination of the nomination of Schwetzingen: a Prince Elector’s Summer Residence, Germany, to the World Heritage List, in order to allow the State Party to make a substantial revision of the nomination.
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
State Parties: Germany
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/ 36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Defers the examination of the nomination of the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, Italy, to the World Heritage List, in order to allow the State Party, with the advice of ICOMOS and the World Heritage Centre, if requested, to: a)   Review the application of the selection criteria of the sites and the choice of the series’ components, taking into account the central notion of a native grape variety associated with ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato
State Parties: Italy
The nomination of Archaeo-astronomical Site – Kokino, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, was withdrawn at the request of the State Party.
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
State Parties: North Macedonia
The World Heritage Committee, 1.  Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes the Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications, Portugal,on the World Heritage List on the basis of criterion (iv); 3.    Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis Guarding the key border crossing between Portugal’s capital Lisbon and Spain’s capital Madrid, in an undulating, riverine landscape, the Garrison Town of Elvas was fortified extensively from the 17th to the 19th ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications
State Parties: Portugal
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2. Refers the nomination of the Russian Kremlins, Russian Federation, back to the State Party in order to allow it to: a) Develop further, the important theme of Russian Kremlins to the World Heritage List and to strengthen the comparative analysis of the serial nomination of the three components considering the four Russian Kremlins already inscribed on the World Heritage List and other kremlins to be proposed as future extension of the series, b) Further strengthen the Statement ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
State Parties: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes the Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük, Turkey, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii) and (iv); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The vast archaeological site of Çatalhöyük comprises two tells rising up to 20 meters above the Konya plain on the Southern Anatolian Plateau. Excavations of the Eastern tell have revealed 18 levels of Neolithic ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük
State Parties: Turkey
The nomination of Twin Monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was withdrawn at the request of the State Party.
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
State Parties: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes the Major Mining Sites of Wallonia, Belgium, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The Grand-Hornu, Bois-du-Luc, Bois du Cazier and Blegny-Mine sites represent the best preserved places of coal mining in Belgium, from the early 19th to the second half of the 20th centuries. The Walloon Coal Basin is one of the oldest, and ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Major Mining Sites of Wallonia
State Parties: Belgium
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes the Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija, Slovenia, Spain, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis Mercury is a relatively rare metal, whose use has long been irreplaceable in a variety of technical, chemical and industrial processes. It has only been produced in substantial quantities and over a long period by a ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Heritage of Mercury. Almadén and Idrija
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/ 36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes the Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland, Sweden, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criterion (v); 3.   Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis In a comparatively small area of north-eastern Sweden, bordering the Gulf of Bothnia and known as Hälsingland, are a concentration of large richly decorated, wooden farmhouses and associated farm buildings reflecting the peak of ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
State Parties: Sweden
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Defers the examination of the proposed extension of Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, to include St. Cyril’s and St. Andrew’s Churches, Ukraine, to the World Heritage List, in order to allow the State Party, with the advice of ICOMOS and the World Heritage Centre, if requested, to: a)   Clarify the situation with regard to Saint Cyril’s Church boundaries, b)   Consider ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
State Parties: Ukraine
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B1, 2.   Inscribes Rio de Janeiro, Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea, Brazil, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (v) and (vi); 3.   Adopts the following provisional Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief Synthesis The city of Rio de Janeiro, shaped by interaction with mountains and sea, lies in the narrow strip of alluvial plain between Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Its exceptionally dramatic landscape ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea
State Parties: Brazil
The World Heritage Committee, 1.   Having examined Documents WHC-12/36.COM/8B.Add and WHC-12/36.COM/INF.8B2, 2.   Recalling Decisions 33 COM 7B.8, 34 COM 7B.3, 35 COM 7B.6 and 35 COM 8B.46; 3.   Reiterates that the modifications to boundaries of World Heritage properties that are related to mining activities have to be dealt with through the procedure for significant modifications of boundaries, in accordance with para. 165 of the Operational Guidelines given the potential impact of such projects on the Outstanding Universal Value; 4.   Takes ...
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Selous Game Reserve
State Parties: United Republic of Tanzania
The minor boundary modification of the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, India, was withdrawn due to an administrative error by the Secretariat.
Session: 36th session of the World Heritage Committee (36 COM)
Year: 2012
Sites: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
State Parties: India