1.         Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa (China) (C 707ter)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1994

Criteria  (i)(iv)(vi)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/707/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/707/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

March 2001: ICOMOS monitoring mission; April 2003: UNESCO/ICOMOS expert mission; May 2005: Joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission. 

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/707/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2013

On 25 January 2013, the State Party submitted a state of conservation report that addresses the progress made in the implementation of Decision 35 COM 7B.65 made by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011).  The State Party reports on the progress made with the definition of the buffer zones of the ensembles of the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple Monastery and Norbulingka, defining the protection and management requirements, and stating that the existing area and buffer zones as stated in the nomination documents will be maintained. With regard to the conservation master plans for the three areas of the property, the State Party informs that these will be submitted to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies before final approval.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies are of the view that no further reporting to the World Heritage Committee is currently required on management; however they request that proposals for minor boundary modifications to the buffer zones of the property be submitted in due course for approval by the Committee. The conservation master plans, with syntheses in English, for the three areas of the property should be submitted to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, before their final approval. 

Decision Adopted: 37 COM 7B.103

 World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7B.Add,

2.  Recalling Decisions 34 COM 8B.6, 35 COM 7B.42, 35 COM 7B.63, 35 COM 7B.67, 35 COM 7B.68, 35 COM 7B.69, 35 COM 7B.73, 35 COM 7B.88, 35 COM 7B.94, 35 COM 7B.98, 35 COM 7B.102, 35 COM 7B.106, 35 COM 7B.109, 35 COM 7B.122, 35 COM 7B.127, 35 COM 7B.128, 35 COM 7B.131 and 35 COM 7B.133 , adopted at its 34th (Brasilia, 2010) and 35th (UNESCO, 2011) sessions respectively,

3.  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 :

4.  Encourages the States Parties concerned to pursue their efforts to ensure the conservation of World Heritage properties;

5.  Reminds the States Parties concerned to inform the World Heritage Centre in due course about any major development project which may affect the Outstanding Universal Value of a property, before any irreversible commitments are made, in line with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines .