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The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/11EXT.COM/2, Adopts the Agenda included in the above-mentioned Document.
Session: 11th extraordinary session of the Committee (11 EXT.COM)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Recalling its Decision 39 COM 17, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015), Elects the United Republic of Tanzania as Vice-Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee whose mandate will be until the end of the 40th session of the Committee (July 2016).
Session: 11th extraordinary session of the Committee (11 EXT.COM)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Elects E. Mr. MORAES CABRAL (Portugal) as Chairperson of the 20th General Assembly, Elects DANTAS DA COSTA (Brazil) as Rapporteur of the 20th General Assembly, Elects China and Palestine as Vice-Chairpersons of the 20th General Assembly.
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Having examined Document WHC-15/20.GA/2A, Adopts the Agenda included in the above-mentioned Document, as amended.
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Having examined Document WHC-15/20.GA/2B, Adopts the timetable of its 20th session as included in the above-mentioned document.
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Takes note of the report of the Rapporteur of the 19th session of the General Assembly (UNESCO, 2013).
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Takes note of the report of the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee on the activities of the World Heritage Committee.
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Takes note of the report of the Chairperson of the 1st extraordinary session of the General Assembly (UNESCO, 2014).
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Having examined Documents WHC-15/20.GA/6, WHC-15/20.GA/INF.6A.Rev, WHC-15/20.GA/INF.6B and WHC-15/20.GA/INF.6C, Recalling Resolution 1 EXT.GA 3, adopted at its 1st extraordinary session (UNESCO, 2014), and in particular its paragraph 6 which requested the General Assembly of States Parties at its 20th ordinary session in 2015 to decide on the attribution of the floating seat for Group III or Group IV, Decides that the floating seat allocated on a rotational basis for Group III and Group IV, as defined in Rule 14.1c) of the Rules of Procedure of the General ...
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Having examined Documents WHC-15/20.GA/7 and WHC-15/20.GA/INF.7, Having in particular examined the accounts of the World Heritage Fund for the financial period ended 31 December 2013, Approves the accounts of the World Heritage Fund for the financial period ended 31 December 2013; Takes note of the financial statements relating to the World Heritage Fund for the period 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2015.
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Having examined Documents WHC-15/20.GA/7, WHC-15/20.GA/INF.7, WHC-15/20.GA/8 and WHC-15/20.GA/INF.8, Recalling Resolution 19 GA 8 adopted at its 19th session (UNESCO, 2013), Recalling World Heritage Committee Decisions 38 COM 13, 39 COM 11 and 39 COM 13A on the mandate of the ad hoc working group of the World Heritage Committee to further discuss and make recommendations inter alia on the sustainability of the World Heritage Fund, Recalling Article 16 paragraph 1 of the World Heritage Convention on the determination, in the form of a uniform percentage, of the ...
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Having examined document WHC-15/20.GA/9, Recalling Resolution 19 GA 9 adopted at its 19th session (UNESCO, 2013), Takes note of the good follow-up of most of the recommendations of the implementation as detailed in the implementation plan updated for 2014-2015 and document 196 EX/23.INF.4; Also takes note of the amendments made by the World Heritage Committee to its Rules of Procedure in order to implement recommendations 12 and 20 of the independent evaluation; Strongly urges the World Heritage Committee to continue implementing any pending requests in ...
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Having examined Document WHC-15/20.GA/10 and recalling document WHC-15/39.COM/13A which contains the outcomes of the ad hoc working group that examined the issues related to working methods of the evaluation and decision-making process of nomination, Recalling also Decisions 39 COM 13A and 39 COM 11, Expresses its appreciation to the German leadership and the delegates of Algeria, Finland, Germany, India, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Senegal, Serbia, and the United Republic of Tanzania, as well as the representatives of the Advisory ...
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Having examined Documents WHC-15/20.GA/11, Recalling Resolution 19 GA 9 of the General Assembly of States Parties adopted at its 19th session (UNESCO, 2013), Takes note of the efforts undertaken by the World Heritage Centre in the framework of the final audit report on the governance of UNESCO and dependent funds, programmes and entities; Also takes note of the debate at the 197th session of the Executive Board on the final audit report on the governance of UNESCO and dependent funds, programmes and entities and of the decision to recommend to the 38th session ...
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Having examined document WHC-15/20.GA/12, Recalling Resolutions 17 GA 9, 18 GA 11 and 19 GA 10 adopted during the 17th (UNESCO, 2009), 18th (UNESCO, 2011) and 19th sessions (UNESCO, 2013) of the General Assembly of States Parties respectively, concerning the adoption of the Strategic Action Plan and Vision and the monitoring of the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan, including the links between the draft Implementation Plan and monitoring of the implementation plan for the recommendations of the independent evaluation, Welcomes the continuous progress ...
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Having examined Documents WHC-15/20.GA/13 and WHC-15/20.GA/INF.13, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 5C, 38 COM 5D, and 39 COM 5D, adopted respectively at the 36th (Saint Petersburg, 2012), 38th (Doha, 2014), and 39th (Bonn, 2015) sessions of the World Heritage Committee, Thanks the Technical University of Brandenburg, the Government of Germany and the Government of Viet Nam for their support in the development of the draft policy document on the integration of a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention; Welcomes the work ...
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The General Assembly, Having examined documents WHC-15/20.GA/14 and WHC-15/20.GA/INF.14, Takes note of Decision 39 COM 10B.5 of the World Heritage Committee concerning the launch of a reflection period on the Periodic Reporting exercise; Highlights the importance for all States Parties to actively participate in the reflection on the Periodic Reporting exercise; Calls upon all States Parties to provide extra-budgetary funding for the reflection on the Periodic Reporting exercise.
Session: 20th session of the General Assembly of States Parties (20 GA)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Taking into consideration Rule 8 (Observers) of the Rules of Procedure of the Committee, Authorizes the participation in the 39th 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 in Section A of document ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/3A, Adopts the Agenda included in the above-mentioned document.
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/3B.Rev, Adopts the Timetable included in the above-mentioned document.
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Takes note of the report of the Rapporteur of the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee (Doha, 2014).
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/5A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 5A adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Takes note with appreciation of the activities undertaken by the World Heritage Centre over the past year in pursuit of the expected result, to ensure that “tangible heritage is identified, protected, monitored and sustainably managed by Member States, in particular through the effective implementation of the 1972 Convention”, and the five strategic objectives as presented in Document WHC-15/39.COM/5A; Invites the States Parties to support ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/5B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 5B adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Takes note with appreciation of the reports of the Advisory Bodies (ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN) on their activities; 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 Convention.
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/5C, Recalling Decisions 33 COM 5A, 34 COM 5C, 35 COM 5D, 36 COM 12B, 37 COM 5C, 38 COM 5C adopted at its 33rd (Seville, 2009), 34th (Brasilia, 2010), 35th (UNESCO, 2011), 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively; Thanks the Director-General for convening the follow-up meeting on “The World Heritage Convention: Thinking Ahead” (UNESCO Headquarters, 21 January 2015); Acknowledges the positive impact of actions already taken, as well as plans for further actions; Encourages all stakeholders ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/5D, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 5C and 38 COM 5D, adopted respectively at its 36th (Saint Petersburg, 2012) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions, Thanks the Technical University of Brandenburg, the Government of Germany and the Government of Viet Nam for having supported the development of the policy for the integration of a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention through the organization of two workshops in Cottbus (Germany) and Ninh Binh (Viet Nam), respectively in October ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/5E, Recalling Resolution 17 GA 9 and Resolution 18 GA 8 adopted by the General Assembly at its 17th (2009) and 19th (2011) sessions respectively, Also recalling Decision 36 COM 9A, Decision 37 COM 11 and Decision 38 COM 9C adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th (Saint Petersburg, 2012), its 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and its 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Decides to amend Article 22.7 of the Rules of Procedure as follows:“22.7 Representatives of a State Party, whether or not a member of the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/6, Recalling decisions 36 COM 6, 36 COM 9B, 37 COM 5E, 37 COM 6 and 38 COM 6 adopted at its 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Commends the progress made in the implementation of the World Heritage Capacity-Building Strategy (WHCBS), its accompanying World Heritage Capacity-Building Programme, and the capacity-building activities carried out in 2014 and in the beginning of 2015; Notes with appreciation the continued support of the Government of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), and the Bonn Declaration on World Heritage adopted on 29 June 2015, Conflict situation in the Arab States Region Deplores the conflict situation prevailing in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, the loss of human life as well as the degradation of humanitarian conditions and expresses its utmost concern at the damage sustained and the threats facing these properties and cultural heritage in general; Urges all parties associated with ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.34, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Regrets that the report of the State Party does not allow an assessment of the state of conservation of the property, or the implementation of the corrective measures; Notes that, although there is a slight improvement in comparison with the previous year, the security situation in and around the property remains problematic and does not allow for any surveillance activity within the property; Reiterates its grave ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park
Country: Central African Republic
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.35, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the continued progress achieved by the State Party in addressing anthropogenic threats to the property, and commends the State Party in particular for significantly reducing the number of recorded incidences of agricultural encroachment and illegal grazing, and for the increasing participation of local people in patrols; Also welcomes the State Party’s confirmation that no mining licenses were awarded within the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Comoé National Park
Country: Côte d'Ivoire
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.38, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes that the impacts of the Ebola crisis have seriously affected the implementation of the corrective measures in the Guinean part of the property and have suspended the implementation of important transboundary activities, and expresses its concern that the impacts of the crisis could present important additional challenges for the management authority, CEGENS, in Guinea, which has limited capacity and needs technical and ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
Country: Côte d'Ivoire Guinea
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decisions 38 COM 7A.37 and 38 COM 7A.42, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes with appreciation the continued efforts deployed by the park staff to continue to ensure the conservation of the property despite life threatening conditions, and expresses its most sincere condolences to the families of the guards killed in operations for the protection of the property; Welcomes the improvement of the security situation and the fact that park surveillance coverage has increased to ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Virunga National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.38, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Warmly welcomes the efforts of the State Party in securing the property, strengthening surveillance and closing down the artisanal mining quarries, in accordance with the Kinshasa Declaration of January 2011, and encourages the State Party to ensure the continuity of its efforts; Notes that the restoration of security is the pre-condition for the implementation of the corrective measures and the restoration of the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.39 adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Expresses its utmost concern about the renewed poaching crisis which erupted in April 2014 and which led to the poaching of at least 164 elephants and three Congo giraffes and expresses its most sincere condolences to the family of the guard killed in operations for the protection of the property; Notes with great concern that the probable extinction of the Northern White Rhino in the property and the continued erosion of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Garamba National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.40,adopted during its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Takes note of the fact that “Operation Bonobo” seems to be gradually bringing tangible results in terms of securing the property, restoring the authority of the park management and curbing the widespread poaching by armed gangs and uncontrolled military; Welcomes the significant efforts of the State Party, in cooperation with its financial and technical partners, to put in place basic park management operations and ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Salonga National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.41 adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the significant efforts of the State Party to ensure security of the property and expand surveillance coverage, and the measures taken to punish the soldiers involved in poaching, but notes that major parts of the property remain outside the control of the managing authority; Also notes that restoring security is the precondition for the implementation of corrective measures and restoring the Outstanding Universal ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.42, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014) and reaffirming the need to implement the Kinshasa Declaration adopted in 2011, Welcomes the statement by the Vice Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reiterating the commitment of the State Party to implement the Kinshasa Declaration, as well as the decision by the National Superior Defence Council to instruct the army to strengthen security in the properties; Notes with appreciation the efforts to ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Garamba National Park Kahuzi-Biega National Park Okapi Wildlife Reserve Salonga National Park Virunga National Park
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.43, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the State Party’s efforts to re-demarcate and re-gazette the boundaries of the park, revise the Grazing Pressure Reduction Strategy and make further progress in strengthening the management effectiveness of the property and encourages the State Party to seek supplementary international support to help provide alternative livelihoods and implement the Grazing Pressure Reduction Strategy upon its ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Simien National Park
Country: Ethiopia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.44, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the restated political commitment of the State Party, which was also reiterated by the President of Madagascar at the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress to address the illegal trafficking of natural resources, in particular rosewood and other precious timber species; Acknowledges the progress made in implementing the CITES Action plan, in particular the preparatory studies, which were carried out in order to achieve ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Rainforests of the Atsinanana
Country: Madagascar
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.45, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the establishment of a Management Unit at Iférouane, in the periphery of the property, but notes with concern the comments of the Reactive Monitoring mission of February 2015 that there is a lack of human and logistical means to ensure the sovereign functioning of this Management Unit, surveillance and ecological monitoring of the property; Expresses its deep concern that the inventory of large wildlife and its ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves
Country: Niger
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.46, adopted by the Committee at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the efforts of the State Party in implementing the corrective measures, especially those concerning the strengthening of surveillance staff and the implementation of a strategy to combat the encroachment of the ponds; Notes with satisfaction that data indicates an increase in wildlife, however, reiterates its concern as regards the low density of large wildlife in the property and requests the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Niokolo-Koba National Park
Country: Senegal
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.95, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the clear commitment of the State Party to refrain from any form of mining within the property, and not to undertake any activities that may impact the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property and its surrounding areas without prior approval of the World Heritage Committee; Notes with appreciation the on-going efforts by the State Party to address the poaching crisis in the property, and the various forms ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Selous Game Reserve
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.28, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the confirmation by the State Party that no mining concessions or exploration permits exist within the property, and that geothermal energy will not be developed within the property, and requests the State Party to submit the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the license for the development of geothermal energy adjacent to Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, which should include an assessment of potential ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
Country: Indonesia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.29, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation of the property, as requested by the Committee in Decision 38 COM 7A.29; Notes that the World Heritage Centre has the resources to assist with the development of a proposal for the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) and encourages the State Party to invite an ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: East Rennell
Country: Solomon Islands
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decisions 38 COM 7A.30 and 37 COM 7A.15, adopted at its 38th (Doha, 2014) and 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) sessions respectively, Welcomes the continued and substantial effort of the State Party to provide detailed and clear measurements of the trends and conditions for the indicators developed for the Desired state of conservation for removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) and to connect them to the corrective measures, allowing a comprehensive report on ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Everglades National Park
Country: United States of America
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.31, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the activities reported by the State Party towards the implementation of the corrective measures, but notes with concern that key legal instruments, including the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan, the Living Aquatic Resources Bill and the Mangrove Regulations, have not yet been finalized and approved; Also welcomes the information provided by the State Party that no oil concession is currently overlapping the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
Country: Belize
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.32, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Highly commends the efforts made by the State Party in the implementation of the corrective measures and considers that the State Party has achieved compliance with the indicators set for the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR); Decides to remove Los Katíos National Park (Colombia) from the List of World Heritage in Danger; Endorses the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Los Katíos National Park
Country: Colombia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.33, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party and external supporters for the progress made in consolidating an integrated monitoring mechanism and the further clarification of access to land and natural resources, and encourages the State Party to continue these efforts; Adopts the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) developed by the State Party in consultation with the World ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve
Country: Honduras
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.24, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes with satisfaction the continuing progress being made in restoring and reconstructing the damaged mosques and destroyed mausoleums, building awareness and support for the built heritage of Timbuktu, and ensuring the technical capacity to care for this heritage; Expresses its appreciation to the following countries and institutions for their contribution to UNESCO-Mali Action Plan, and for their gesture of support to ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Timbuktu
Country: Mali
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.25, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes the continuing progress being made in sustaining the attributes that support the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), authenticity and integrity of the World Heritage property; Reiterates the continuing need to prepare detailed, in-depth architectural diagnostic analyses, in order to guide essential repair and conservation work, and encourages the State Party to undertake these analyses on a priority basis; Also ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Tomb of Askia
Country: Mali
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.26, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes the progress made on the reconstruction of the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga and congratulates the State Party for its continued committment to this work; Expresses its concern that the timelines provided in the state of conservation report for the reconstruction of the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga are overly optimistic, and in order to better reflect the need for careful work to be carried out on the thatching, and on the redesign and ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi
Country: Uganda
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.1, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for its efforts in the implementation of measures at the property and encourages it to sustain these efforts to protect and conserve the property and its buffer zone; Urges the State Party to continue with the implementation of the corrective measures, with particular attention to the following: Undertake detailed condition surveys to identify priority interventions to ensure stabilization of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Abu Mena
Country: Egypt
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.2 adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for its efforts to ensure the protection of the property in spite of the difficult prevailing situation; Expresses its great concern about the absence of information on the state of conservation of the property and requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre informed of the evolution of the situation on the ground; Also requests the State Party, as soon as the security ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat)
Country: Iraq
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.3, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for its efforts to ensure the protection of the property in spite of the difficult prevailing situation and requests it to reinforce this protection by ensuring that no ostentatious religious signs are displayed at the property; Also requests the State Party to implement, as soon as possible, the measures recommended in the technical note elaborated in view of addressing the graffiti ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Samarra Archaeological City
Country: Iraq
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, 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 and its related protocols, the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (1970), the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage of 1972, the Delhi UNESCO Recommendation of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.5, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes that considerable progress has been made with the conservation of the roof of the Church of the Nativity; Also notes with concern that no specific conservation strategy was set out to justify precise intervention on the roof timbers, based on analysis and review of all the evidence gathered from surveys and research, before work was undertaken, as envisaged in the corrective measures; Requests the State Party to prepare, ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem
Country: Palestine
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 8B.4, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the judgment of the Israeli High Court not to build the “Wall”, and notes that any new proposals for a wall or fence would need to re-start the processes of consultation and approval within the Israeli administration; Notes with concern that the decline in traditional social and cultural processes is accelerating, bringing further negative impacts on the functionality and integrity of the landscape; Takes note of the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir
Country: Palestine
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decisions 35 COM 7B.58, 36 COM 7B.58, 37 COM 7B.57, and 38 COM 7A.12, adopted at its 35th (UNESCO, 2011), 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Taking into account Decision 39 COM 7A.36 on the World Heritage properties of the Syrian Arab Republic, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015), Commends the State Party for taking the necessary risk mitigation measures to protect the property; Decides to retain the Ancient City of Damascus ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Ancient City of Damascus
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decisions 35 COM 7B.58, 36 COM 7B.58, 37 COM 7B.57, and 38 COM 7A.12, adopted at its 35th (UNESCO, 2011), 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Taking into account Decision 39 COM 7A.36 on the World Heritage properties of the Syrian Arab Republic, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015), Notes with satisfaction that a temporary agreement to freeze combats within the property has been reached and requests that, as a matter of urgency, all ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Ancient City of Bosra
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decisions 35 COM 7B.58, 36 COM 7B.58, 37 COM 7B.57, and 38 COM 7A.12, adopted at its 35th (UNESCO, 2011), 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Taking into account Decision 39 COM 7A.36 on the World Heritage properties of the Syrian Arab Republic, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015), Decides to retain the Site of Palmyra (Syrian Arab Republic), on the List of World Heritage in Danger. ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Site of Palmyra
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decisions 35 COM 7B.58, 36 COM 7B.58, 37 COM 7B.57 and 38 COM 7A.12, adopted at its 35th (UNESCO, 2011), 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Taking into account Decision 39 COM 7A.36 on the World Heritage properties of the Syrian Arab Republic, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015), Decides to retain the Ancient City of Aleppo (Syrian Arab Republic), on the List of World Heritage in Danger. ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Ancient City of Aleppo
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decisions 35 COM 7B.58, 36 COM 7B.58, 37 COM 7B.57, and 38 COM 7A.12, adopted at its 35th (UNESCO, 2011), 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Taking into account Decision 39 COM 7A.36 on the World Heritage properties of the Syrian Arab Republic, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015), Commends the State Party for taking the necessary emergency safeguarding measures to protect the property; Decides to retain the Crac des Chevaliers and ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decisions 35 COM 7B.58, 36 COM 7B.58, 37 COM 7B.57, and 38 COM 7A.12, adopted at its 35th (UNESCO, 2011), 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively,   Taking into account Decision 39 COM 7A.36 on the World Heritage properties of the Syrian Arab Republic, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015), Decides to retain the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria (Syrian Arab Republic) on the List of World Heritage in Danger. ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Ancient Villages of Northern Syria
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decisions 35 COM 7B.58, 36 COM 7B.58, 37 COM 7B.57, and 38 COM 7A.12, adopted at its 35th (UNESCO, 2011), 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Deplores the conflict situation prevailing in the country, the loss of human life and the degradation of humanitarian conditions; Takes note of the report provided by the State Party regarding the state of conservation of the six Syrian World Heritage properties and the 12 sites inscribed on the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Ancient City of Aleppo Ancient City of Bosra Ancient City of Damascus Ancient Villages of Northern Syria Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din Site of Palmyra
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.13, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for the preparation of the draft “National Strategy for the Preservation of the Historic Cities, Sites and Monuments 2016 – 2020” and the proposal for a complementary Action Plan to be developed during 2015; Also commends the State Party for the efforts that have occurred in relation to physical preservation and community engagement in Zabid, notwithstanding the difficult security situation; Welcomes the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Town of Zabid
Country: Yemen
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM7A.14, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Reiterates its request to the State Party to adopt the detailed topographic map of the property produced in 2012, and to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2016, a proposal for the minor boundary modification, in accordance to paragraphs 163-165 of the Operational Guidelines, for review by ICOMOS; Encourages the implementation of the emergency assistance project for the property, which will allow the State Party to ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam
Country: Afghanistan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.15, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Regrets that no updated state of conservation report has been submitted by the State Party, in particular regarding recent large scale of development projects; Reiterates that the World Heritage Committee shall be notified prior to any major restoration and or new construction which may affect the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property before making any decisions that would be difficult to reverse in accordance to ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley
Country: Afghanistan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.16, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the progress made in the implementation of the conservation programme plan for Gelati Monastery; Notes the information provided by the State Party inter alia on the implementation of the recommendations of the ICOMOS Advisory mission and the revision of Management Plan for Gelati Monastery, which will be presented to the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2016 in the framework of the significant boundary ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Gelati Monastery
Country: Georgia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.17, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the efforts made by the State Party to improve the protection of all components of the property and its buffer zone and, more particularly, introducing a moratorium on any development in the zone next to the Aragvi and Mtgvari rivers banks declared as a non aedeficandi zone until the Urban Land-Use Master Plan and unified buffer zone are approved and implemented to curb uncontrolled development; Notes with appreciation that an ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historical Monuments of Mtskheta
Country: Georgia
The World Heritage Committee, Decides to adjourn the debate on this agenda item until its next ordinary session.
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
Country: Serbia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.19, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes that a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Advisory mission to the property took place in February 2015 at the invitation of the State Party, and that it confirmed that all stakeholders recognize the serious concerns of the World Heritage Committee over the potential threat of the Liverpool Waters development scheme to the Outstanding Universal Value of the property; Endorses the conclusions of this 2015 Advisory mission, in ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.38, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Encourages the State Party to finalize the agreements for the establishment of the Inter-institutional Committee to address, in an integral manner, all issues pertaining to all the components of property, including the Cerro Rico; Notes with concern that works for the stabilization of the summit of Cerro Rico have been paralyzed and that no revised strategy and timeframe for completion of the stabilization project have been identified ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: City of Potosí
Country: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.21, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for the measures taken in response to the earthquakes that occurred in April 2014 by adapting the Priority Interventions Programme (PIP) and taking measures to ensure the security to visitors; Recognizes the efforts made by the State Party to define regulatory measures to ensure an adequate protection of the buffer zone of the property through the Regulatory Plans, and invites it to submit, according to ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
Country: Chile
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.20, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Appreciates the endorsement by the new administration of previous approaches and recommendations to reach the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) and welcomes its commitment to its implementation; Recalls that the timely implementation of the corrective measures defined at the time of inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger is an ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo
Country: Panama
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.22 adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for its long-term commitment and efforts to address the deterioration of the earthen architecture remains of the property and to put in place a sustainable and operational management system to continue to handle decay factors and threats; Notes with satisfaction the current measures being put in place by the State Party within the framework of the ENSO 2014-2015 Prevention Programme to protect the property of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Chan Chan Archaeological Zone
Country: Peru
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7A, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7A.23, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Takes note of the submission of the clarification of boundaries for the property and the proposal of extension of the buffer zone and requests the State Party to submit a minor boundary modification, according to paragraphs 163-165 of the Operational Guidelines; Appreciates the progress in the implementation of concrete actions that contribute to the achievement of the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Coro and its Port
Country: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 7B.1 and 38 COM 7B.86, adopted at its 36th (Saint Petersburg, 2012) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Notes with appreciation the State Party’s continued efforts to increase staff and the operational budget and investment into the property’s Conservation Service, and encourages the State Party to continue these efforts; Commends the State Party for its efforts to increase surveillance of the property but notes with concern that elephant poaching remains a significant threat ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Dja Faunal Reserve
Country: Cameroon
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.87, adopted by the Committee at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the States Parties of Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR) and the Congo for having undertaken measures to increase the security mechanisms in and around the property, and warmly welcomes the information provided by the States Parties that no mining activity was present in the Central African and Congolese components of the property; Notes with concern that poaching of protected species and illegal fishing ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Sangha Trinational
Country: Cameroon Central African Republic Congo
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 8B.7 and 38 COM 7B.88, adopted respectively at its 36th (Saint Petersburg, 2012) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions, Congratulates the State Party for the progress achieved in the implementation of the Committee decisions, notably in ensuring the participation of local communities in the management of the property and the respect of local knowledge and their rights to maintain sustainable traditional use of resources; Welcomes the progress made in the combat against threats to the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Lakes of Ounianga
Country: Chad
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.90, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Regrets that the report submitted by the State Party of Kenya did not address the requests made by the Committee in Paragraph 10 of its Decision 38 COM 7B.90; Recalls the significant impacts of poaching, fishing and livestock grazing on the property reported by the 2012 mission, and requests the State Party of Kenya to urgently implement the outstanding 2012 mission recommendations; Welcomes the increased and constructive bilateral ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Lake Turkana National Parks
Country: Kenya
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.91, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the adoption of the Kabarnet Declaration, which formally recognizes the Endorois as a community and the Endorois Welfare Council as their representative organization in the management of Lake Bogoria; Also welcomes the State Party’s confirmation that geothermal prospecting and development within the property are not allowed, and that any prospective geothermal energy developments outside the property will be subject to an ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley
Country: Kenya
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.9, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Regrets that the State Party did not submit its report on the state of conservation of the property, as requested by its Decision 37 COM 7B.9; Notes with concern that the Socotra Archipelago has become vulnerable owing to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen; Welcomes the information provided by the State Party that the energy crisis that forced local residents to collect fire wood has been resolved and the assurances ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Socotra Archipelago
Country: Yemen
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 7B.8, 37 COM 7B.10, and 38 COM 7B.63, adopted at its 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Notes with concern the conclusion of the 2014 Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report that the overall Outlook for the property is poor, and that climate change, poor water quality and impacts from coastal development are major threats to the property’s health and regrets that key habitats, species and ecosystem processes in the central ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Great Barrier Reef
Country: Australia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.64, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the dredging of the Pashur River, adjacent to the property, did not include a specific assessment of the potential impacts on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), and requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre an assessment of potential impacts on OUV, in accordance with IUCN’s World Heritage Advice Note on Environmental Assessment, and to ensure ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: The Sundarbans
Country: Bangladesh
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.12, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Welcomes the State Party’s commitment to refrain from granting prospecting and mining licenses in the property and its buffer zones, to respond swiftly and decidedly to illegal mining and to intensify management efforts, including responses to poaching; Also welcomes the State Party’s readiness to conduct a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to better understand the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of the multiple ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 22 COM VII.27, adopted at its 22nd session (Kyoto, 1998), Welcomes the ongoing efforts by the State Party to manage impacts from pollution and remove illegal tourist facilities and buildings within the property and its buffer zone, and requests the State Party to ensure the engagement of affected local communities in the third phase of the demolition project; Notes with concern that three cable cars, an elevator and an electric railway for tourists inside the property are having a ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.65, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the progress achieved by the State Party, particularly to secure the property and to address civil strife in the area, such as the establishment of a high-level security committee, engagement with local communities, and increased patrolling, including the introduction of SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) patrolling, and notes with appreciation that these actions appear to have resulted in a decrease of poaching in ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Manas Wildlife Sanctuary
Country: India
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.67, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the State Party’s decision to suspend further construction of the Habema-Nduga-Kenyam road until the completion of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and until effective monitoring and strict control of the impacts of the road can be implemented; Notes that a preliminary review of the EIA suggests that the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property is not clearly defined therein, and urges the State Party to ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Lorentz National Park
Country: Indonesia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.12, adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), Notes the State Party’s efforts to maintain a healthy population of Steller’s Sea Lion in the Sea of Japan and in the property, and urges the State Party to ensure that catch quotas are regularly reviewed and adjusted to maintain a stable to growing population of sea lions in the property, and in the wider seascape; Notes with appreciation the reported positive impacts from the modification of river structures, however, notes ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Shiretoko
Country: Japan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.13, adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), Highly commends the State Party for its decision to fully close the entire area of Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) from commercial fishing; Notes the information provided by the State Party on the currently available funds in the Trust Fund, and urges the State Party to continue its efforts to fully capitalize the Fund as a matter of priority; Welcomes the involvement of international partners into securing additional ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Country: Kiribati
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.69, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes with significant concern that the proposed East-West Electric Railway and Terai-Hulaki Highway, if constructed, would result in the fragmentation of the property in four locations, all of which contain important habitat for key species, including elephant, rhino, tiger and gaur, and increase the risk of poaching; Requests the State Party to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed Suspension Bridge ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Chitwan National Park
Country: Nepal
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.70, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for the significant progress achieved in improving the management of the property and in completing the Survey and Registration of Protected Area Occupants (SRPAO), which would allow for clarification of on-going land claims, and requests the State Party to submit the report of the completed SRPAO to the World Heritage Centre, along with a report outlining actions taken in the case of illegal occupants and/or land ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Country: Philippines
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.71, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for its efforts to prevent and suppress illegal logging in the property, including the development of an Action Plan, welcomes the international cooperation with Cambodia, China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Viet Nam in controlling illegal logging and trade of Siamese rosewood, and encourages the State Party to continue these efforts; Notes the State Party’s efforts to address encroachment and the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex
Country: Thailand
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Notes that the World Heritage Centre has received a petition submitted by the Mikisew Cree First Nation expressing their concern about the state of conservation of the property, as well as a response from the State Party; Notes with concern the environmental impacts on the Peace-Athabasca Delta from hydro-electric dams, oil sands development, and proposed open-pit mining in the vicinity of the property, which could negatively impact its Outstanding Universal Value (OUV); Also notes with concern the lack of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Wood Buffalo National Park
Country: Canada
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.75, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the States Parties of Germany, Slovakia and Ukraine for their cooperation concerning the protection and management of the property and for signing the Joint Declaration of Intent and encourages the States Parties to continue their efforts; Welcomes the progress achieved by the State Party of Slovakia towards enhancing cooperation between relevant Ministries responsible for the management of Slovak components of the property, but ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe
Country: Germany Slovakia Ukraine
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.21, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation of the property, as requested by Decision 37 COM 7B.21, and did not provide detailed information on the plans for hydropower projects on the Zhupanova River, nor copies of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for these projects, and reiterates its request to the State Party to provide this information, as a matter of priority, including a ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Volcanoes of Kamchatka
Country: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.25, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report, as requested by its Decision 37 COM 7B.25, as well as information requested by the World Heritage Centre on activities and signed agreements between the Governments of the Russian Federation and China on gas delivery via the western route, which includes the Altai pipeline; Expresses its utmost concern about Government Order N° 1416-r of August 2013, which includes the Altai ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Golden Mountains of Altai
Country: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.76, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Regrets that the State Party of the Russian Federation did not submit the state of conservation report, as requested by its Decision 38 COM 7B.76; Reiterates its requests, expressed in Decision 38 COM 7B.76, to the State Party of the Russian Federation: To develop a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the future use of the Baikal Paper and Pulp Mill site and its impact on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Lake Baikal
Country: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.78, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Regrets that the State Party did not submit the state of conservation report, as requested by its Decision 38 COM 7B.78; Welcomes the latest decisions of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and its Board of Appeal which invalidated the boundary changes made to Yugyd Va National Park and confirmed that the Chudnoe deposit area forms part of the national park and therefore effectively reversed the boundary changes, as was ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Virgin Komi Forests
Country: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 36 COM 8B.11, adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation of the property, as requested by the Committee at its 36th session in 2012; Takes note of the submission of a proposal for a minor boundary modification to include the Sinyaya component, as requested by the Committee in Decision 36 COM 8B.11; Notes the medium-term management plan provided is lacking a strong programme for awareness raising, ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Lena Pillars Nature Park
Country: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.20, adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), Expresses its concern that the construction of a military base appears to have started within the property, with potential to impact significantly on its Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), regrets that the State Party did not provide any information on this matter, as required by Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, nor a response to requests from the World Heritage Centre, and urges the State Party to immediately ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve
Country: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.79, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes the decision by the Supreme Court of Spain to cancel the dredging project to deepen the Guadalquivir River, and urges the State Party to make a permanent commitment to cancel the project and not permit any future plans to deepen the Guadalquivir River; Notes with appreciation the temporary suspension to the issuing of a Unified Environmental Authorization for gas extraction and storage projects in the immediate vicinity of the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Doñana National Park
Country: Spain
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.29, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Reiterates its 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 therefore no longer guaranteed; Notes with concern the lack of significant progress to address the lack of protection of parts of the property, as requested by the World Heritage Committee; Recognizes the actions recently undertaken by the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks
Country: Brazil
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.30, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Commends the States Parties for the progress achieved in strengthening transboundary cooperation and reducing the threats to the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) originating from encroachment of agriculture and cattle grazing and potential road construction; Strongly regrets that, despite the Committee’s previous decisions, construction of the Bonyic dam has been completed without prior consideration of the results of a ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park
Country: Costa Rica Panama
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Requests the State Party to undertake an assessment of current and potential impacts on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) and integrity of the property of already existing and planned infrastructure of the Las Pailas geothermal project and its expansion located outside and adjacent to the property in line with IUCN’s World Heritage Advice Note on Environmental Assessment, and urges the State Party to finalize such an assessment by 1 February 2016 and submit it to the World Heritage Centre for review by ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Area de Conservación Guanacaste
Country: Costa Rica
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Regrets that the State Party did not provide completed Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for the two geothermal production wells, nor the feasibility study or an EIA for the construction of a Small Geothermal Power Plant adjacent to the property, and requests the State Party to provide all available documentation on the project as a matter of urgency, including an assessment of potential impacts of the project on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property, in line with IUCN’s World Heritage ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Morne Trois Pitons National Park
Country: Dominica
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.32, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011), Expresses its utmost concern about the reported decline in the overwintering population of Monarch butterfly in the property, notwithstanding the increase recorded in 2014-2015; Commends the States Parties of Mexico, Canada and the United States of America for their considerable efforts to address the decline of the Monarch butterfly population, including through the establishment of the Trilateral High Level Working Group; Notes ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
Country: Mexico
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.59, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the decision of the State Party to progress a bypass for National Highway 3 to the north of the property; however, notes that the four possible route options might pass through sensitive archaeological areas, and urges the State Party to undertake a detailed Heritage Impact Assessments (HIAs) in line with ICOMOS’ guidance on HIAs, including an assessment of impacts on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property, as a ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda
Country: Gabon
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 8B.18, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Welcomes the commencement, by the State Party of Lesotho, of new research and documentation of rock art within Sehlabathebe National Park, building on the Analysis of Rock Art in Lesotho (ARAL) project, as well as the study on the landscape elements, encompassing both ethnographic research and oral history, in order to identify their potential contribution to Outstanding Universal Value (OUV), and encourages the State Party of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Maloti-Drakensberg Park
Country: Lesotho South Africa
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decisions 34 COM 8B.13, 36 COM 7B.35 and 38 COM 7B.61, adopted at its 34th (Brasilia, 2010), 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Welcomes the establishment of the Cultural Heritage Department within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) and encourages the State Party to continue allocating adequate resources for its long-term operation; Notes the decision to relocate the lodge development projects from the crater rim to other areas that the State ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 7B.36, 37 COM 8B.44, and 38 COM 8B.47, adopted at its 36th (Saint Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively; Expresses its concern that substantial progress has not yet been made on the survey of cultural attributes requested since 2013, and that its completion is not foreseen until 2018, and urges the State Party to ensure this work is undertaken as soon as possible, and submitted to the World Heritage Centre for review by ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Tasmanian Wilderness
Country: Australia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.35 adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Welcomes the efforts made by the State Party towards the implementation of a number of recommendations of the Committee but considers that insufficient progress has been made over the past six years to address the considerable challenges and threats facing the property; Also considers that further technical support is needed in order to consider how obstacles might be overcome, and foster a momentum that might lead to a sustainable ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Country: Peru
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.46, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Expresses its great concern following the fire that destroyed the roofs of eight of the ten huts that comprise the property and considers that this catastrophe represents a threat to the integrity of the property; Takes note of the progress achieved by the State Party in the implementation of the plan for the management, conservation and enhancement of the property involving protection and rehabilitation work to reinforce the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Royal Palaces of Abomey
Country: Benin
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 8B.17 and 37 COM 7B.37, adopted respectively at its 36th (St. Petersburg, 2012) and 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) sessions, Commends the State Party for the implementation of most of the points raised in Decisions 36 COM 8B.17 and 37 COM 7B.37, and for the various cooperation initiatives developed at national level between stakeholders, and at international bilateral and multilateral levels; Takes note of the extension of the boundaries of the buffer zone and encourages the State Party to ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Town of Grand-Bassam
Country: Côte d'Ivoire
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 7B.41 and 37COM 7B.38, adopted at its 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), and 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) sessions respectively, Congratulates the State Party for affirming its commitment to financing the consolidation project for the reinforcement of the foundation of Stele III and the investigation of the causes of the rising water level in the Tomb of the Brick Arches; and urges it to keep the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies updated on: any changes in the agreed-upon project ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Aksum
Country: Ethiopia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decisions 34 COM 7B.46, 35 COM 7B.39, 36 COM 7B.43, 37 COM 7B.40 and 38 COM 7B.49, adopted at its 34th (Brasilia, 2010), 35th (UNESCO, 2011), 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Notes that the February 2015 Reactive Monitoring mission had to take place in Nairobi due to the security situation in Lamu; Regrets that, despite reporting to the contrary, the State Party did not halt the LAPSSET project in order to allow time for a full ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Lamu Old Town
Country: Kenya
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 C0M 7B.50, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Takes note of the efforts undertaken by the State Party in the operational implementation of the Emergency Action Plan for the conservation and protection of the property; Notes with concern the precarious security situation in Mali that has hindered the capability of the State Party at the site; Expresses its deep concern regarding the low level of implementation of the Emergency Action Plan in view of the numerous threats to the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Old Towns of Djenné
Country: Mali
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 32 COM 8B.18, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008), Notes the efforts made by the State Party to enforce the various legislative and planning frameworks, as requested by the Committee at the time of inscription, and reminds the State Party to ensure that new development projects that might impact on Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) should be submitted to the World Heritage Centre for review, as set out in Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, together with Heritage ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Le Morne Cultural Landscape
Country: Mauritius
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.53 adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Welcomes progress with regeneration of the sacred forest and the increased frequency of river cleaning; but urges the State Party to tackle the source of the river pollution; Also welcomes the revision of the Management Plan and the development of Cultural Tourism and Risk Preparedness Plans and requests the State Party to submit copies of these plans to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies; Notes that work on ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove
Country: Nigeria
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision COM 7B.44 adopted as its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Commends the State Party on activities so far undertaken to improve water management on the property, and encourages it to continue with the implementation of all relevant measures and projects; Also commends the State Party for the measures so far undertaken to implement systems and programmes to mitigate the impacts of acid mining drainage on the property, and also encourages the State Party to sustain these efforts; Requests the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa
Country: South Africa
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decisions 35 COM 7B.45, 36 COM 7B. 49, and 38 COM 7B.55, adopted at its 35th (UNESCO, 2011), 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Deeply regrets that the State Party did not halt work on the Mambo Msiige project as requested in the abovementioned decisions, and allowed the developer to complete the project without taking into account the recommendations of the Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) and the jointly agreed upon matrix and guidelines for a revised ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Stone Town of Zanzibar
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.46 adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Congratulates the State Party for the important efforts aiming to improve the state of conservation of the property; Notes however, the difficulties encountered in the implementation of the Permanent Plan for the Safeguarding and Valorization of the property (PPSMVSS), especially due to the co-ordination of problems between the principal actors and intervention projects, but also due to an approach essentially oriented on the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Kasbah of Algiers
Country: Algeria
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.45, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Takes note of the continuing progress made in implementing the plan for the protection and enhancement of the property and its protected area; Reiterates its request to the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre an assessment of the impact of the proposed enhancement of Tipasa’s port on the property, in line with the ICOMOS Guidance on Heritage Impact Assessments for Cultural World Heritage Properties, before work ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Tipasa
Country: Algeria
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decisions 37 COM 7B.47 and 38 COM 8B.49, adopted at the 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Notes the completion and implementation of the comprehensive management and conservation plan; Also notes the delay in the reviewing of the proposed revision of the Heritage Law, as well as in the signature of memoranda of understanding with the owners of lands located within the area designated for the extension of the World Heritage property, and in the revision of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun
Country: Bahrain
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.48, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Noting the maintenance and restoration works carried out at the property, as well as proposed site development activities outlined in the state of conservation report, Expresses its concern about the factors affecting the property and the seeming lack of a comprehensive policy, which constitutes a threat to the integrity of the property; Urges the State Party to develop, as a matter of priority, an integrated management plan for ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 7B.51, and 37 COM 7B.49, adopted at its 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012) and 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) sessions respectively, Notes with great concern the rapid and irreversible degradation of the Historic Cairo urban fabric which will make it very difficult for the State Party to sustain the attributes of the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (OUV); Acknowledges the establishment by the State Party of a Ministerial Committee chaired by the Prime Minister to oversee the management of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Cairo
Country: Egypt
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 25 BUR V.281, adopted by the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee at its 25th session (UNESCO, 2001), Commends the State Party for its efforts to ensure the protection of the property in spite of the difficult prevailing situation; Expresses its great concern about the absence of information on the state of conservation of the property and requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre informed of the evolution of the situation on the ground; Considers that the optimal ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Hatra
Country: Iraq
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.50, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Notes the considerable progress made by the State Party to improve the conservation and management of the property in response to the concerns voiced by the World Heritage Committee, and in particular the adoption of the Petra conservation action plan; Reiterates its request to pursue the progress made to manage the property and submit a Management Plan for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, while ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Petra
Country: Jordan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.51 adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Commends the State Party on the progress made to manage and conserve the property; Takes note of the progress in the technical investigation of conservation measures at the Stylite Tower; and invites the State Party to undertake dialogue with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies before detailed work is planned; Urges the State Party to complete the management plan which must include a comprehensive conservation plan ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)
Country: Jordan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.52, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Welcomes the progress that has been made with a number of management and conservation measures which were addressed by the Committee at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), as well as the submission of an updated Action Plan for the management and conservation of the property; Also welcomes the partnership agreement with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and the Tunisian Heritage Institute, which will ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Tyre
Country: Lebanon
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.1, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Encourages the State Party to elaborate and implement the Action Plan for the management and conservation of the property, in collaboration with the UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut and the World Heritage Centre, and to integrate in it a prioritized programme of conservation; Notes that a project to improve the landscape around the Church of St George will be drawn up and requests the State Party to submit details; Also notes that a ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab)
Country: Lebanon
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.2, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Takes note with great concern of the information provided by the State Party in its report on the state of conservation of the property; Urges the State Party to reinforce the protection of the property by implementing, to the best extent possible, the recommendations of the technical workshops organized by UNESCO and its partners in order to define emergency protection and risk mitigation measures for the safeguarding of Libya’s ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Archaeological Site of Cyrene
Country: Libya
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.54, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation of the property, as requested by the Committee at its 37th session in 2013; Expresses its high concern regarding the absence of information on the state of conservation of the property in the prevailing situation; Requests the State Party to submit information on the state of conservation of the property as soon as the security situation permits, ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus
Country: Libya
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.3, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes the State Party's efforts in the conservation of the property, in particular following the 2014 floods which damaged parts of the property; Commends the State Party for the achievements of the 2007-2012 Management Plan and encourages it to continue the positive participatory dynamic that this plan has generated, for the development of the new 2016-2021 Management Plan and its implementation schedule; Requests the State Party to ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou
Country: Morocco
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.58, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Notes with great concern that the Old City of Sana’a continues to be vulnerable owing to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, in combination with ongoing social change, threats of inappropriate development and continuing lack of organisational support and resources for both heritage management initiatives and physical conservation projects; Commends the State Party for the preparation of the draft ‘National Strategy for the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Old City of Sana'a
Country: Yemen
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 22 BUR V.B.72, adopted at the 22nd session of the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee (UNESCO, 1998), Notes with great concern that the Old Walled City of Shibam is currently subject to significant threats from natural elements, physical changes and a lack of organisational support and material resources for physical conservation projects; Commends the State Party for the preparation of the draft ‘National Strategy for the Preservation of the Historic Cities, Sites and Monuments 2016 – ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Old Walled City of Shibam
Country: Yemen
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 8B.24, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Notes the considerable steps taken by the State Party to respond to the recommendations of the Committee; Welcomes the strengthened structures to promote sustainable development of the rice terraces and in particular, efforts to add value to local agricultural produce, and foster traditional local practices; Commends the State Party for organizing an International Workshop on rice terrace landscapes and takes note of the Honghe ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 8B.30, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Acknowledges the steps taken by the State Party to respond to the recommendations, notably the holding of a training workshop on tourism management in cooperation with UNESCO Beijing; Encourages the State Party to proceed with the development, adoption and implementation of the tourism management plan and interpretation plans, in close cooperation with UNESCO Beijing, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies; Requests ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong
Country: Democratic People's Republic of Korea
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 8B.25, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Commends the efforts made by the State Party in responding to all the recommendation made by the Committee, notably: Revising and including the concept of buffer zone management for World Heritage properties, as well as potential future sites in Fiji within the Fiji Heritage Bill, Progressing with the medium term plan for conservation and cooperating with Heritage New Zealand (New Zealand Agency for International Development) ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Levuka Historical Port Town
Country: Fiji
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.61, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Notes the efforts undertaken to remove the remains of the collapsed bridge and welcomes the impact assessment study for the new location of the bridge; Also welcomes the development of the Integrated Management Plan (IMP) for Hampi World Heritage Site - Action Plans for Priority Implementation and urges the State Party to finalize all Sectoral Plans as well as an overall prioritization and synthesis and adopt as soon as possible ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Group of Monuments at Hampi
Country: India
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 8B.31, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Expresses its concern that notwithstanding the commitments made at the time of inscription, little progress appears to have been made with major project on infrastructure works at Jaisalmer Fort to prevent seepage of water into the Fort mound, or with conservation of buildings within the Fort; Notes with concern that: Illegal building within the Jaisalmer Fort is rampant and could adversely impact on authenticity and integrity ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Hill Forts of Rajasthan
Country: India
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.14, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for having invited an Advisory mission to share concerns and issues raised by the Committee; and notes that the commitments made at the time of inscription for effective management to protect the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property still remain high; Notes with concern that the pressure for land conversion remains significant, creating a considerable vulnerability that is challenging the ability ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy
Country: Indonesia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.62, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Commends the efforts made by the State Party to implement the previous Committee decisions, in particular the completed works on the reduction of the upper floor on the Jahan Nama building; Notes the results of the Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) on the Metro Line 2 and request the State Party to implement the detailed mitigation measures recommended by the HIA; Welcomes the State Party’s commitment to put in place a continuous ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Meidan Emam, Esfahan
Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.17, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Takes note of the findings and recommendations of the joint World Heritage/ICOMOS/ICCROM Reactive Monitoring mission to the property; Urges the State Party to formulate and implement an effective and efficient road system before the unmade section of Route 14A is completed and opened to traffic, and requests the State Party to: Limit the use of 14A to light vehicles, residents and visitors only; with Route 14B being used as the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape
Country: Lao People's Democratic Republic
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.65, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Expresses its profound sympathy and deepest condolences to the State Party of Nepal for the tragic loss of life and damage caused to the property, following the devastating earthquake of 25 April 2015; Takes note of the information provided by the State Party, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies concerning the actions undertaken in response to the devastating earthquake and acknowledges the efforts made by the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Kathmandu Valley
Country: Nepal
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 8B.30, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Expresses its concern over the slow progress of works in view of the significant threats to the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property, which have yet to be fully addressed; Urges the State Party to speed up the completion of the Master Plan, which has listed all the issues raised by the Committee at its previous sessions, as a matter of priority; Requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historical Monuments at Makli, Thatta
Country: Pakistan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B; Recalling Decision 36 COM 8E, adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), adopting the retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) for the property; Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party and the steps taken in response to the concerns about the quality of the post-flood restoration work undertaken in 2012 and to the ICOMOS Advisory mission; as well as the project to study and establish flood modelling, in order to propose flood risk mitigation measures for the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic City of Ayutthaya
Country: Thailand
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.68, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Expresses its concern with the slow progress in implementing the recommendations of the 2010 Reactive Monitoring mission, in particular the lack of progress with the completion of the Management Plan, including an adequate governance system; Notes with concern the slow progress made with the completion of the Management Plan and the lack of coordinated conservation plan and adequate guidance for the conservation and restoration ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Centre of Bukhara
Country: Uzbekistan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.69, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Notes the progress made with the implementation of the Management Plan and efforts of the State Party to strengthen the protection of the property; Takes note that no further information was provided regarding the development of the Draft Traffic Scheme, which is a crucial planning tool for Samarkand, and recommends further dialogue between the State Party, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies as this is ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures
Country: Uzbekistan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.87, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007), Notes the information provided by the State Party on the works envisaged within the “Programme for complex measures for development and reconstruction of Shakhrisyabz City”; Expresses its concern about the overall impact of the projects on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property and the extent of urban transformation which could undermine the integrity and authenticity of Shakhrisyabz and requests the State Party to ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz
Country: Uzbekistan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.70, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Welcomes the efforts undertaken by the State Party to respond to the recommendations of the Committee and those of the ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission (2012), and encourages the State Party to proceed with the timely adoption and implementation of the new draft Law on Cultural Heritage as well as the new Regulation on the protection, conservation and management of the historic centre of Gjirokastra and its buffer zone; Notes the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Centres of Berat and Gjirokastra
Country: Albania
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.72, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Notes that amendments have been made to the proposed new development at Residential Area Dr.Franz-Rehrl Platz (Residential Buildings City Life Rehrlplatz) and requests the State Party to submit copies of the final plans to the World Heritage Centre for review; Also notes that the recommendations of the World Heritage Committee in relation to the new development at Schwarzstrasse 45 / Ernest-Thunstr. 2 have not been implemented and ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
Country: Austria
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.74, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Notes with satisfaction the relative stability, over several years, of the state of conservation of the property, due to the implementation of recommendations of early scientific studies and the very rigorous limitation of access; Congratulates the State Party for the high quality of the scientific research programme developed under the auspices of the Scientific Council, which will enable, in the future, the anticipation of risks ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley
Country: France
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.75, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Regrets that it has not proved possible to include within the Master Plan, as requested, an appraisal of appropriate options for a Rhine crossing; urges the State Party to explore other ways to carry out such an appraisal so that there can be a clear policy way forward beyond the end of 2016; and requests the State Party to submit such an appraisal to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies; Welcomes the sight ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Upper Middle Rhine Valley
Country: Germany
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.76, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Welcomes the efforts made by the State Party to improve the protection of all components of the property and its buffer zone and encourages it to sustain these efforts and secure the necessary resources to ensure that no demolition, inappropriate development or deterioration of historic buildings which could constitute a threat to the property, occur in the property and its buffer zone; Requests the State Party to finalize, as soon ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue
Country: Hungary
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.77, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Takes note of the steps taken by the State Party in the implementation of its previous decisions by improving the conservation and management of the property; Endorses the recommendations of the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission to the property in November 2014 and requests the State Party to give highest priority to the implementation of its recommendations, notably to: Seek the extension of the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
Country: Italy
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 8B.35, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for the actions it has undertaken in response to the World Heritage Committee’s recommendations at the time of inscription to complete the New Municipal Urban Development Plan for the property and the whole of its buffer zone, to conserve the visual integrity of the property, to set up a Management Committee for the property, to confirm that there is no threat to the property from transport of hazardous materials ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Van Nellefabriek
Country: Netherlands
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.83, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Welcomes the efforts made by the State Party to improve the protection of all components of the property and its buffer zone and encourages it to sustain these efforts and to secure the necessary resources and regulatory regimes to ensure no demolition, inappropriate development or deterioration to the heritage buildings which could constitute a threat to the property and its buffer zone; Notes that the State Party continues to ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow
Country: Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.85, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Welcomes the efforts made by the State Party to review the Management Plan for the property and notes that completion of the review is foreseen for mid-2015. Also notes of the State Party’s submission of the Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) for the Eurasia Tunnel and requested Options Appraisal but regrets that the requested HIA and Options Appraisal for the Eurasia Tunnel were only undertaken at a late stage in the project ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Areas of Istanbul
Country: Turkey
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.113 adopted at the 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Welcomes the efforts made by the State Party to improve the protection of all components of the property and its buffer zone and requests it to sustain these efforts and to secure the necessary resources and to adopt regulatory regimes thus ensuring that no inappropriate developments or deterioration of the heritage buildings which could constitute a threat to the property and its buffer zone, will take place; Also requests the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: L'viv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre
Country: Ukraine
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.33, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Takes note of the measures taken by the State Party to implement the previous decisions of the World Heritage Committee; Acknowledges the steps taken by the State Party to develop legal measures for the protection of the property including the moratorium on construction projects in the buffer zone and urges the State Party to adopt all relevant legal documents, regulations and measures specified in its previous decisions to support the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Kyiv: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra
Country: Ukraine
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decisions 36 COM 7B.94, 37 COM 7B.89, and 38 COM 7B.34, adopted at its 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012), 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Notes the recommendations of the joint ICOMOS/ICCROM Reactive Monitoring mission of January 2015 and requests the State Party to implement them as a priority; Also notes that the proposal for mining at the South Crofty mine remains dormant at the moment, and also requests that the State Party continue its vigilance of the property ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decisions 37 COM 7B.90 and 38 COM 7B.36, adopted at its 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 38th (Doha, 2014) sessions respectively, Takes note of the State Party’s efforts to strengthen the policy and planning framework through guidance documents, but notes nevertheless that there still appears to be an inadequate urban planning framework to manage development in the setting of the property, with the result that development that has been approved contrary to the advice of English Heritage is beginning to have ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.93, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Notes that the infrastructural projects in the areas of the Monumental Axes, the Stadium and the Television Tower will not negatively impact the attributes that sustain the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the property and, in the case of the Television Tower, will contribute to the recovery of the original landscape designs; Regrets that the process for the preparation of the Preservation Plan of Brasilia’s Urban Area (PPCUB) ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Brasilia
Country: Brazil
Decision: 39 COM 7B.89 The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.40, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Acknowledges the efforts made by the State Party in the establishment of a comprehensive mechanism to enhance the coordination and management of the property at all levels of administration and welcomes the progress made in creation of the future Ministry of Culture; Reiterates the recommendations of the 2013 Reactive Monitoring mission to the property and urges the State Party to implement them; Regrets that the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Churches of Chiloé
Country: Chile
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 38 COM 7B.41, adopted at its 38th session (Doha, 2014), Commends the State Party for its efforts to advance in the drawing up planning mechanisms for the city and for the great number of conservation works, including the elevators, that are being undertaken in a situation where it also had to address the emergency situation caused by the massive fire of April 2014; Requests the State Party to submit: a timeline for the implementation of the Urban Development Policy and its instruments ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso
Country: Chile
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.99 adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Notes that the runway of the Rio Amarillo airport will be limited to 1200 meters long, as requested by the World Heritage Committee and the recommendations of the 2011 Reactive Monitoring mission, and recognizes the efforts made by the State Party to rescue and relocate archaeological remains located in the surroundings of Rio Amarillo; Welcomes the Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) that was undertaken by the Copan ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Maya Site of Copan
Country: Honduras
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.102, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Appreciates the efforts made by the State Party to strengthen the management and planning mechanisms for the Historic Centre of Lima and requests the State Party to finalize the approval process of the Master Plan and submit a critical review of it by the competent authority, as well as an assessment of the effectiveness of the proposed management arrangements for the property; Reiterates its concern regarding infrastructural ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Centre of Lima
Country: Peru
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Takes note with satisfaction of the measures taken by the States Parties concerned to address its previous requests to mitigate the threats on the Outstanding Universal Value of the following World Heritage properties: Bam and its Cultural Landscape (Iran, Islamic Republic of), Rio de Janeiro, Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea (Brazil); Encourages the States Parties concerned to pursue their efforts to ensure the conservation of World Heritage properties; Reminds the States ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Bam and its Cultural Landscape Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea
Country: Brazil Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.71, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Takes note of the information provided by the State Party on the revised High-Rise Concept and the new Glacis Master Plan, and that copies of English translations of these planning documents will be provided to the World Heritage Centre shortly; Notes that the details provided for the proposed development of the Vienna Ice-Skating Club / InterContinental Hotel / Konzerthaus area, as requested by the Committee, do not include ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Historic Centre of Vienna
Country: Austria
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/8A, Stressing the importance of the process of revision and updating of Tentative Lists, as a tool for regional harmonisation of the World Heritage List and of long-term planning of its development; Takes note of the Tentative Lists presented in Annexes 2 and 3 of this document.
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/8B, Approves the name change to Holašovice Historical Village Reservation as proposed by the Czech authorities. The name of the property becomes Holašovice Historic Village in English and Village historique d’Holašovice in French.
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Holašovice Historic Village
Country: Czechia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B2, Approves the extension of Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, South Africa, on the World Heritage List, on the basis of criteria (ix) and (x); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The Cape Floral Region has been recognised as one of the most special places for plants in the world in terms of diversity, density and number of endemic species. The property is a highly distinctive phytogeographic unit which is regarded as one of the six Floral ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
Country: South Africa
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B2, Refers the nomination of the Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay – Mukkawar Island Marine National Park, Sudan, back to the State Party, taking note of the strong potential to meet natural criteria (vii), (viii), (ix) and (x), in order to allow it to prepare a revised nomination taking into account the need to: Review, with the support of IUCN, the boundaries of the nominated property to better define the nominated area and buffer zones to ensure that all the natural ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay – Mukkawar Island Marine National Park
Country: Sudan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B2, Refers the nomination of Landscapes of Dauria, Mongolia and Russian Federation back to the States Parties, noting the potential for a nomination in the wider Daurian Steppes Ecoregion to meet natural criterion (x), in order to allow the States Parties to provide supplementary information, taking into account the need to: Review, with the support of IUCN, the boundaries of the nominated area and buffer zones to include areas important for the protection of forest steppe ecosystems ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Landscapes of Dauria
Country: Mongolia Russian Federation
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B2, Refers the nomination of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex, Thailand, back to the State Party, taking note of the strong potential for this property to meet criterion (x), in order to allow it to: Address in full the concerns that have been raised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning Karen communities within the Kaeng Krachan National Park including the implementation of a participatory process to resolve rights and livelihoods concerns and ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Country: Thailand
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B2, Approves the extension and renomination of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Viet Nam, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (viii), (ix) and (x); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park is located in the middle of the Annamite Mountain Range in Quang Binh province, Viet Nam, and shares its boundary with the Hin Namno Nature Reserve in the Lao PDR to the west. The property comprises an area of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
Country: Viet Nam
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B, WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1 and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B2, Inscribes the Blue and John Crow Mountains, Jamaica, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii), (vi) and (x); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The cultural and natural heritage of the Blue and John Crow Mountains comprises 26,252 ha of tropical, montane rainforest within the larger Blue Mountain and John Crow Mountain ranges, located in the eastern part of Jamaica in the Caribbean. These two ranges ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Blue and John Crow Mountains
Country: Jamaica
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Refers the nomination of the Thimlich Ohinga Cultural Landscape, Kenya, back to the State Party to allow it to reconsider the focus of the nomination of this property, including the possibility of nominating it as a site and an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement; Considers that such a new nomination would need to include an augmented comparative analysis; Also considers that a new nomination would need to be considered by an expert mission to the site; Recommends ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site
Country: Kenya
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Refers the nomination of Nyero and other hunter gatherer geometric rock art sites in Eastern Uganda, Uganda, back to the State Party in order to allow it, with the advice of ICOMOS and the World Heritage Centre, if requested, to: Further investigate geometric rock art sites in the region in order to establish whether the nominated sites can be considered unique or exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilisation which is living or which has disappeared, and thereby ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Country: Uganda
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas), Jordan, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii) and (vi); Takes note of the following provisional Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The Baptism Site “Bethany beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas) is located in the Jordan Valley, north of the Dead Sea. The site contains two distinct archaeological areas, Tell el-Kharrar, also known as Jabal Mar Elias, and the area of the Churches of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas)
Country: Jordan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (i) and (iii); Takes note of the following provisional Statement of Outstanding Universal Value:  Brief Synthesis The serial property of the ‘Rock Art in the Hail Region’ is comprised of two components: the Jabal Umm Sinman at Jubbah, located approximately 90 km northwest of the city of Hail, and the Jabal al-Manjor/Raat at Shuwaymis, approximately 250 km south of ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Rock Art in the Hail Region of Saudi Arabia
Country: Saudi Arabia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes Tusi Sites, China, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iii); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis Distributed around the mountainous areas of south-west China are the remains of tribal domains whose leaders were appointed by the central government as ‘Tusi’, hereditary rulers of their regions from the 13th to the early 20th century. This system of administrative government was aimed at unifying national ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Tusi Sites
Country: China
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes Susa, Islamic Republic of Iran, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis Located in the lower Zagros Mountains, in the Susiana plains between the Karkheh and Dez Rivers, Susa comprises a group of artificial archaeological mounds rising on the eastern side of the Shavur River, encompassing large excavated areas, as well as the remains of Artaxerxes' palace on ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Susa
Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining, Japan, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis A series of industrial heritage sites, focused mainly on the Kyushu-Yamaguchi region of south-west of Japan, represent the first successful transfer of industrialization from the West to a non-Western nation. The rapid ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining
Country: Japan
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes the Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its surrounding sacred landscape, Mongolia, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iv) and (vi); Takes note of the following provisional Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its surrounding landscape, lies in the central part of the Khentii mountains chain that forms the watershed between the Arctic and Pacific Oceans, where the vast Central Asian steppe meets the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Great Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and its surrounding sacred landscape
Country: Mongolia
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes Baekje Historic Areas, Republic of Korea, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iii); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis Located in the mountainous mid-western region of the Republic of Korea, the remains of three capital cities collectively represent the later period of the Baekje Kingdom as it reached its peak in terms of cultural development involving frequent communication with neighbouring regions. The ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Baekje Historic Areas
Country: Republic of Korea
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes the Singapore Botanical Gardens, Singapore, on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief Synthesis The Singapore Botanic Gardens is situated at the heart of the city of Singapore and demonstrates the evolution of a British tropical colonial botanic garden from a ‘Pleasure Garden’ in the English Landscape Style, to a colonial Economic Garden with facilities for ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Country: Singapore
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B.Add and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1.Add, Recalling Decision 37 COM 8B.27 adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013), Inscribes the Cultural Landscape of Maymand, Islamic Republic of Iran, on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape on the basis of criterion (v); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief Synthesis Maymand is a small and relatively self-contained south facing valley within the arid chain of Iran’s central mountains. The villagers are agro-pastoralists who ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Cultural Landscape of Maymand
Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
The nomination of the Hall in Tirol – The Mint, Austria, was withdrawn at the request of the State Party.
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Country: Austria
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement, Denmark, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii) and (iv); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The 18th century settlement of Christiansfeld in South Jutland is an exceptional example of a Moravian Church planned colony settlement, which reflects the Moravian Church’s societal and ethical ideals. Founded in 1773, it was built as a colony of the Moravian Church, a ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Christiansfeld, a Moravian Church Settlement
Country: Denmark
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand, Denmark, on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape on the basis of criteria (ii) and (iv); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand series covers the former royal hunting forests of Store Dyrehave and Gribskov, traces of connecting roads between them, and the former royal hunting park of Jægersborg Dyrehave/Jægersborg Hegn. The ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: The par force hunting landscape in North Zealand
Country: Denmark
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Defers the examination of the nomination of the Viking Age Sites in Northern Europe, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Latvia and Norway, to the World Heritage List in order to allow the States Parties to: Explore further the full scope, scale and nature of Viking Age sea and river migration and trade routes, and the settlements that these routes engendered through: Definition of the main parameters of time, space and cultural terms related to the migrations; Mapping of the major ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Country: Denmark Germany Iceland Latvia Norway
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes the Climats, terroirs of Burgundy, France, on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape on the basis of criteria (iii) and (v): Takes note of the following provisional Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief Synthesis The Burgundy Climats are small and precisely delimited vineyard parcels located on the slopes of the Cotes de Nuits and of Beaune, extending for 50Km south of Dijon up to Maranges. The property encompasses the elements that made possible the ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy
Country: France
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes the Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars, France, on the World Heritage List as a cultural landscape on the basis of criteria (iii), (iv) and (vi); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis In north-east France, on cool, chalky land, the Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars form a very specific agro-industrial landscape, with the vineyards as the supply basin and villages and urban districts concentrating the production and trading ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars
Country: France
The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC-15/39.COM/8B and WHC-15/39.COM/INF.8B1, Inscribes Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus, Germany, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criterion (iv); Adopts the following Statement of Outstanding Universal Value: Brief synthesis Speicherstadt and the adjacent Kontorhaus district are two densely built central urban areas in the German port city of Hamburg. Speicherstadt, originally developed on a 1.1-km-long group of narrow islands in the Elbe River between 1885 and 1927 (and partly rebuilt from 1949 ...
Session: 39th session of the World Heritage Committee (39 COM)
Year: 2015
Sites: Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus
Country: Germany