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Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

Factors affecting the property in 2001*
  • Impacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Negative impact on the site and its inhabitants due to increasing tourism
  • Need for a long-term integrated development plan
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2001
Requests approved: 4 (from 1994-2001)
Total amount approved : 153,200 USD
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2001

The IUCN – ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission was organized by the Centre in close co-operation with the State Party between 22 and 25 September 2001. The mission aimed at a) identifying urgent conservation needs of the site; b) elaborating recommendations to the World Heritage Committee for the enhanced management of the site and c) assisting the Philippine authorities in updating the existing tourism development plan, elaborating a comprehensive management plan, and formulating an international assistance request for international technical expertise and support.

The findings and recommendations of this IUCN-ICOMOS Mission will be presented to the Bureau at its session (WHC-01/CONF.207/INF5).

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2001
25 COM X.3-4
Examination of nominations of cultural and natural properties to the List of World Heritage in Danger

X.3 Following the review of the state of conservation reports and the recommendations of the twenty-fifth extraordinary session of the Bureau, the Committee decided to inscribe the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger:

  • Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (Philippines)
  • Abu Mena (Egypt)

X.4 Furthermore, the Committee decided to remove Iguaçu National Park (Brazil) from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Technical Co-operation approved by the Committee

XVIII.6.1 NATURAL Seychelles

Enhancing the capacity of Aldabra Atoll management: The Secretariat informed the Committee that IUCN, while supporting the request had underlined the importance of ensuring that the boats and the engines purchased have minimal pollution and are easily maintained. The Committee approved US$44,150 for this activity, requesting the Centre to ensure through the UNESCO equipment purchasing unit that the engines purchased have minimum pollution emission and can be maintained.

XVIII.6.2 NATURAL Zimbabwe

Increasing the management capacity of Mosi-oatunya/ Victoria Falls and Mana Pools National Parks: The Centre informed the Committee that the State Party had paid its dues to the World Heritage Fund, and that additional information concerning the assessment of the current situation, particularly concerning existing equipment, had not yet reached the Centre. However, the Committee was informed that the State Party had assured the Centre that this additional information had been transmitted. Therefore, the Committee approved this request for an amount of US$63,708 on the condition that the Centre and IUCN receive the additional information, and the allocation of funds be made upon authorization by the Chairperson.

XVIII.6.3 CULTURAL The Philippines

Emergency Technical Co-operation for the enhancement of the conservation and management of the Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras: The Centre informed the Committee that the Advisory Bodies supported the request. The Committee approved US$75,000 subject to the State Party paying its dues to the World Heritage Fund, and requested that the national authorities implement the activity in close co-operation with the UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in the Asia-Pacific Region (UNESCO Bangkok Office).

The Bureau may wish to examine further information at the time of its session.

Report year: 2001
Date of Inscription: 1995
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)(iv)(v)
Danger List (dates): 2001-2012

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.