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City of Potosí

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Factors affecting the property in 2017*
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Mining
  • Surface water pollution
  • Other Threats:

    Instability and risk of collapse of the Cerro Rico; Deficiencies in conservation: special attention required for the restoration and upgrading of structures with residential use and the archaeological industrial heritage

Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
  • Potential degradation of the historic site by continued and uncontrolled mining operations in the Cerro Rico Mountain
  • Instability and risk of collapse of the Cerro Rico
  • Deficiencies in conservation: special attention required for the restoration and upgrading of structures with residential use and the archaeological industrial heritage
  • Inefficient enforcement of protective legislation
  • Environmental impacts on the hydraulic complex which in turn affects historic fabric and local population
Threats for which the property was inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger
  • Instability and imminent risk of collapse of the Cerro Rico’s summit
  • Lack of conservation policy of integral character which considers all the components of the property
  • Deficiencies in conservation: special attention required for the restoration and upgrading of structures with residential use and the archaeological industrial heritage
  • Potential degradation of the historic site by continued and uncontrolled mining operations in the Cerro Rico Mountain
  • Inefficient enforcement of protective legislation
  • Threatening impacts of climatic, geological or other environmental factors
Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger

Drafted, proposed for adoption in the draft Decision below

Corrective Measures for the property

Identified, proposed for adoption in the draft Decision below

Timeframe for the implementation of the corrective measures

Identified, proposed for adoption in the draft Decision below

UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds until 2017

Total amount granted: USD 10,000 for a World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS technical mission in 2005 financed by the Spanish Funds-in-Trust for World Heritage

International Assistance: requests for the property until 2017
Requests approved: 5 (from 1988-2015)
Total amount approved : 83,777 USD
Missions to the property until 2017**

May 1995 and November 2009: World Heritage Centre technical mission; November 2005 and February 2011: World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS technical missions; December 2013 and January 2014: Joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring missions; May 2017: World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS technical mission

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 2017

In March 2017, the State Party submitted a report on the state of conservation of the property, available at https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/420/documents/, providing the following information:

  • The technical responsibility for controlling the collapse of the peak of the mountain Cerro de Potosi was assumed by the Inter-institutional Committee for the Preservation of Cerro Rico de Potosí;
  • Succeeding the 2012-2014 works of lightweight concrete pumping and the 2015-first phase of application of dry filler, the Inter-institutional Committee has determined in 2016 the implementation of its second phase. This last stabilization work financed by the Departmental Autonomous Government of Potosi and by the Bolivian Mining Corporation (COMIBOL) refilled with dry filler 95% of the 132 sinking areas of the peak of the mountain previously identified by the SERGEOMIN (Bolivian Geological and Mining Service);
  • Due to socio-economic difficulties of the region, only partial progress was achieved in the implementation of the Ministerial Resolution N 135/2014, which regulates all mining operations in the Cerro Rico de Potosí;
  • The follow-up and inspection of mining cooperatives operating in the Cerro Rico are conducted and continued by COMIBOL. A reinforced control over some type of mineral extractions was applied for the mining companies operating over the altitude of 4,400 metres of Cerro Rico and the cessation of activities of one Mining Company (Manquiri S.A) over this altitude was reported;
  • As per request of the Ministry of Mining and Metallurgy and the Departmental Federation of Mineral Cooperatives (Federación Departamental de Cooperativas Mineras - FEDECOMIN), the COMIBOL defined new areas for the future relocation of miners working over the altitude 4,400 metres, which will be located in different provinces: José María Linares, Cornelio Saavedra, Tomas Frías and Antonio Quijarro. This new proposal was agreed with the mining companies;
  • Following the process of formalization into law of the former Municipal Regulations for the Preservation of Historic zones of City of Potosí (Municipal Law 055/2014), undertaken in 2015, the Municipality of Potosi continued restoration works in many churches and streets of the Historic Centre;
  • A workshop for capacity building on heritage management and conservation was delivered by the Ministry of Cultures and Tourism to technical staff of the Municipal and Departmental Autonomous Governments of Potosí;
  • The First International Conference of Historians and Numismatists was held in Potosi in 2016 and had as outcome 12 action lines for the increase of the touristic and historical image of the City, such as the promotion of town-twinning programmes with other mining historic cities.

More recently, a World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS technical mission, funded by International Assistance from the World Heritage Fund, visited the property from 8 to 11 May 2017. As one of the main outcomes, an agreement was reached with the State Party on a final proposal for the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) and a timeframed set of corrective measures to be submitted for approval by the Committee (see below). The mission also provided guidelines for the definition of the buffer zone and for the establishment of an Integrated and Participatory Management Plan (IPMP).

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 2017

The report on the state of conservation of the property did not provide detailed information on the implementation of the recommendations made by the Committee to fully assess the current situation of the property. However, the May 2017 technical mission noticed significant efforts and progress made by the State Party to develop coordinated actions for the conservation of the property.

The State Party had previously reported on a number of actions launched in view of the development of a new legislation to solve the issues regarding the relocation of miners and the moratorium for all exploration between altitudes 4,400m and 4,700m, as well as about the inventory and analysis of mining cooperatives above 4,400m and legal actions against Supreme Decree 27787. Some of these actions, which were under negotiation process in 2015, have been partially implemented.

A joint project of survey and exploration of new areas with mining potential was developed by the Departmental Autonomous Government of Potosí and COMIBOL to continue the process of relocation of miners working over the altitude 4,400 metres. The first phase took place in 2015 and the second phase in 2016, but the final results are still pending.

On the other hand, even if the State Party had previously considered the impossibility to fully address the collapse of the summit of the Cerro as long as the mining activities above 4,400 meters were not halted, progresses were noticed in its stabilization. The finalization of phase two of application of dry filler in the crater of the mountain is noted. However, the report lacks specific information on the results and impact of this stabilization work, and the current situation of the summit of Cerro Rico seems to remain unresolved as a final assessment was not reported. The longstanding instability and vulnerability of Cerro Rico should be noted with regret by the Committee.
Efforts previously reported in the development of coordinated actions for the conservation of Cerro Rico, in particular by the creation of a Management Committee for Cerro Rico along with its operational regulations, seem to have concluded in the establishment of the Inter-institutional Committee for the Preservation of Cerro Rico de Potosí, who is now responsible for resuming the stabilization works.

It is recommended that the Committee, while welcoming the creation of the Inter-institutional Committee, the resuming of stabilization works, and the continuation of restoration works in line with the Municipal Regulations for the Preservation of Historic zones, request the State Party to harmonize and integrate those actions with the creation of an unified management unit and an IPMP that cover all the components of the inscribed property, and ensure the integral protection of its Outstanding Universal Value (OUV).
These initiatives willneed a close follow-up by the Committee in line of the agreed DSOCR and the set of corrective measures (see below).

In this regard, the technical mission of May 2017 noticed with satisfaction the commitment of the State Party to use theInternational Assistance to achieve a positive outcome that will contribute to meet the corrective measures and the indicators contained in the DSOCR.

Moreover, taking into account the technical assistance provided during the mission, it is recommended that the Committee urge the State Party to complete the definition of the buffer zone and to submit a final proposal for a Minor Boundary Modification, in line with Paragraph 164 of theOperational Guidelines together with the development of theIPMP for the property, and submission to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies.
As mentioned above, the following DSOCR has been developed by the State Party, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and all stakeholders, and is proposed for adoption by the Committee:

I. Desired state of conservation for the removal of the City of Potosi from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR)

The desired state of conservation can be defined as follows:

  • Collapse at the summit of Cerro Rico stabilized
  • Miners working above 4,400 meters relocated
  • Scope and extent of works on Cerro Rico’s summit and underground defined and agreed
  • Comprehensive Strategy for stabilisation and monitoring fully in place
  • Kari Kari Lagoons conserved and its surface and water pollution controlled
  • Integrated and Participatory Management and governance systems approved and in place
  • Disaster Risk management included in the Integrated and Participatory Management of the property

II. Corrective measures

Based on the Retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value (RSOUV) of the property, on Decision38 COM 7B.38, on the state of conservation report submitted by the State Party in 2016 and on the results of the May 2017 World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Technical mission, several measures were identified to ensure that the threats affecting the property are systematically and holistically addressed. To achieve the DSOCR, the following four corrective measures will need to be undertaken:
a) Productive Mining Heritage:Development of measures to stabilize the collapse at the summit of Cerro Rico. Evaluation of preliminary results to define a revised strategy and timeframe for completion of the stabilization project. The current situation of high risk of collapse affects and threats miners working above 4,400 meters. Proposing the relocation of miners working above that coordinates is hence, needed and urgent.
b) Environmental Heritage: Development of a conservation system of the Kari Kari Lagoons, and control of surface and water pollution.
c) Archaeological, Architectural and Urban Heritage: Development of an improved database for the attributes of OUV for the Historical City and the Ribera de los Ingenios and documentation of their deterioration and alterations as a basis for the development of a conservation strategy.
d) Management and governance systems: Development of an Integrated and Participatory Management Plan (IPMP) for the property and compliance with regulatory measures, especially with regard to strengthening the Inter-Institutional Committee and the Cerro Rico Management Committee to broaden its political framework beyond topics related to Cerro Rico and include all the components of the property; to include a Risk Management Plan and clarification of limits to achieve a final proposal for a buffer zone.

III. Timeframe

Based on discussions with the site managers and the national, regional and municipal authorities, and in view of the existing resources and capacities, it is proposed that the identified corrective measures could be implemented within a five-year period (2017/2022).

IV. Indicators

The City of Potosí has a territorial scale formed by a wide group of diverse and varied components interconnected and interdependent such as theCerro Rico and its mines, the system of artificial lagoons of Kari Kari, the urban area of the mining settlement, the Ribera de los Ingenios, the indigenous neighbourhoods or the immovable property of architectural value.The property presents diverse levels of conservation according to the social and economic dynamics of each of its components. Each component shows distinctconservation issues in terms of authenticity and integritythat have  been approached in an isolated rather than integrated manner.

Taking into account the great diversity of the property, it is desirable that the State Party establishes an IPMP for the property, based on thematic components that encompass conservation and development issues. The six following thematic components are therefore proposed: Productive Mining Heritage, Environmental Heritage, Architectural Heritage, Urban Heritage, Archaeological Heritage and Management and governance systems. Specific diagnosis, management actions and monitoring for each of these should be foreseen. To be meaningful, the IPMP should also ensure community engagement among its clear objectives, taking into account that concerted action and participation are essential for the preservation of authenticity and integrity.

The thematic components should be considered as an interrelated and interdependent. Furthermore, the IPMP should adopt the most recent methodologies and experiences of management plans related to World Heritage properties of a territorial scale, as well as for cultural landscapes. The IPMP should also establish general preservation policies accompanied by generic strategies and action lines for each of the defined six thematic components.

The following table sets outindicators defined to reflect each of the four the corrective measures aimed at achieving the DSOCR:
a) Productive Mining Heritage: Stabilization of the collapse at the top of Cerro Rico

    INDICATOR TIMEFRAME (Completion) RATIONALE METHOD OF VERIFICATION RESPONSIBLE INSTITUTIONS
ATTRIBUTES 1 Architectural, photographic and topographic survey of Cerro Rico del Potosí July-2017 Cerro Rico is the articulating element of all the property’s attributes therefore, it is necessary to redefine its morphological characteristics by identifying the affectations or modifications provoked by the recent collapse using the new technologies. Update of photographic information showing major deteriorations and recent affectations. Production of detailed mapping of the components of the property and its buffer zone. COMIBOL Through the Directorate of Heritage, Ministry of Cultures
INTEGRITY AND AUTHENTICITY  2 Upgrading information of the 5 high risk areas of collapse at the summit of Cerro Rico, identified in the technical studies and that can potentially affect the miners; Diagnosis of the state of conservation of the geological structures in Cerro Rico and execution of the stabilization projects July-2019 (elaboration)July-2022 (execution) It is necessary to make a diagnosis about the current state of Cerro Rico and develop stabilization projects to guarantee the authenticity and integrity of this component of the property. For the stabilization of the summit, it is necessary to define alternative and complementary proposals to the project partially implemented so far. Update of information, diagnosis and stabilization project carried out COMIBOL Ministry of Mining and Metallurgy
3 Implementation of the relocation program of miners working on coordinates 4,400. Development and implementation of sustainable development projects for mining operations in the property, including workers' safety programs July-2019 (updating)July-2022 (execution) It is considered urgent for humanitarian issues, due to the risk of collapse of the summit of Cerro Rico, and to improve the safety conditions for the miners to carry out sustainable development projects in the medium and long term.  Implementation of the Miners Relocation Program. Implementation of the program for sustainable development and for the safety of workers. Report of completion of the relocation program for miners COMIBOLMinistry of Mining and Metallurgy Potosí’s Government and Mayor's Office, Tomas Frías University and FEDECOMIN as adjuvants Legislative bodies and national, departmental and municipal inspectors
4 After the relocation of miners, establish a monitoring system to control deformations and modifications in Cerro Rico.  July-2022 Control and prevent further deformations in the future Creation and implementation of the monitoring system    Ministry of Mining and Metallurgy COMIBOLCerro Rico’s inter-institutional committee

b) Environmental Heritage: Conservation of the Kari Kari Lagoon System.

  N INDICATOR TIMEFRAME (Completion) RATIONALE METHOD OF VERIFICATION RESPONSIBLE INSTITUTIONS
ATTRIBUTES 5 Inventory and catalogue of environmental components of the property, including topographic and photographic survey (flora, fauna, lagoons, environment, etc.) and diagnosis of the conservation status of each environmental element July-2019 For the proper conservation of the authenticity and integrity of the property’s environmental components, it is necessary to identify its main components through inventory and catalogue works of the Kari Kari lagoon complex (22) and its natural environment. Catalogue of Environmental Heritage, showing major deteriorations and recent affectations. Finalised Diagnostic document on the state of conservation of the property AAPOS Governorate and Mayor of Potosí Other City Halls Ministry of the Environment and Waters University Tomas Frías(To assist)
INTEGRITY AND AUTHENTICITY  6 Development and implementation of preventive conservation projects and, if necessary, restoration of Kari Kari Lagoons complex and its surroundings July-2019 (elaboration)July-2022 (execution) In order to reverse and redress the environmental preservation problem, it is necessary to design and carry out preventive conservation projects and restore water, flora and fauna quality for the Kari Kari complex. Implementation of projects and programs for sustainable development. AAPOSIn coordination with COMIBOL Governorate and Mayor of Potosí Ministry of the Environment and Waters
MANAGEMENT 7 Update and improvement of the monitoring system to control the deterioration and alterations of the Kari Kari Complex, including monitoring the presence of flora, fauna, water quality in lagoons, etc. July-2020  It is also necessary to carry out studies to identify alterations in the elements that constitute the Kari Kari complex, in order to guarantee the integrity of this component. Update and improvement of the monitoring system AAPOS Governorate and Mayor of Potosí Ministry of the Environment and Waters  Other municipalities

c) Archaeological, Architectural and Urban Heritage: Improvement of the characteristics of the Historical City and Ribera de los Ingenios.

  INDICATOR TIMEFRAME (Completion) RATIONALE METHOD OF VERIFICATION RESPONSIBLE INSTITUTIONS
ATTRIBUTES 8 Identification of attributes of OUV and development of Inventory and catalogue of the deterioration and alteration of the industrial, architectural and monumental heritage, public spaces and urban structures July-2019 For the proper conservation of the property’s authenticity and integrity, it is necessary to identify and survey the characteristics and conservation status of the main components of the City of Potosí, the Ribera de los Ingenios and their settings. This identification will permit the clear definition of the buffer and core zones of  the property. Update and elaboration of architectural and urban plans of surveying, with GPS geo-referencing, in plans of informationCatalogue of Archaeological, Industrial, Architectural and Urban Heritage Three levels of the State(Ministry of Cultures and others concerned / Municipality and Governorate of Potosí University Tomas Frías(adjuvant)
9 Delimitation of the protected areas of the historic urban heritage in the City of Potosi and the Ribera de los Ingenios July-2018 For the proper conservation of the authenticity and integrity of the property, it is necessary to update and survey the characteristics of its main components, through the revision and updating of its limits for the protection of historic urban heritage. Update of information on delimitation of areas of protection of historic urban heritage. Update and elaboration of maps with GPS location and geo-referencing. Three levels of the State(Ministry of Cultures and others concerned / Municipality and Governorate of Potosí) University Tomas Frías(adjuvant)
INTEGRITY AND AUTHENTICITY 10 Development and implementation of preventive conservation projects and, if necessary, restoration of previously identified industrial, architectural, monumental, public space and urban structures (banks, streets, etc.). July-2019 (elaboration)July-2022 (execution) In order to reverse and redress the issues of preservation, it is necessary to elaborate a clear conservation strategy, prepare and carry out preventive conservation projects and restoration of the archaeological, industrial and architectural heritage in historic urban areas Development of a conservation strategy and implementation of projects and programmes for sustainable development. Three levels of the State(Ministry of Cultures and others concerned / Municipality and Governorate of Potosí) University Tomas Frías(adjuvant)
11 Elaboration and execution of projects to improve urban mobility, public transport and alternative means, under a sense of sustainability. July-2019 (elaboration)July-2022 (execution) In order to improve the conditions for the preservation of the property, it is necessary to develop and implement projects to improve urban mobility Implementation of projects and programmes for restoration of urban heritage. Mayor of Potosí Departmental Police Municipal Transportation Council

d) Limits and regulation

  INDICATOR TIMEFRAME (Completion) RATIONALE METHOD OF VERIFICATION  RESPONSIBLE INSTITUTIONS
ATTRIBUTES 12 Clarification of the current limits of the property July-2018 For the proper identification, registration and management of the attributes of the property, it is necessary to clarify its boundaries at the moment of its inscription on the World Heritage List Creation of a topographical and plotting map with delimitation of the zone and its components  Ministry of Cultures and Tourism Government of Potosí /Mayor of Potosí Ministry of Mining and MetallurgyCOMIBOL Legislative bodies and national, departmental and municipal inspectors
13 Definition of the buffer zone and areas of protection of the property July-2019 In order to maintain the integrity and authenticity of the property, it is essential to clearly define the limits of the Buffer Zone. Total definition of the buffer zone proposal. Presentation to the World Heritage Centre of the cartography with the property and its buffer zone, as a Minor Boundary Modification Ministry of Cultures and Tourism Government of Potosí /Mayor of Potosí Ministry of Mining and MetallurgyCOMIBOL Legislative bodies and national, departmental and municipal inspectors
MANAGEMENT 14 Elaboration and implementation of an Integrated and Participatory Management Plan that includes a Risk Management Plan for, with all its components July-2018 (elaboration)July-2022 (execution) In order to clearly establish the objectives, strategies, projects and programs that guarantee and reinforce the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, an Integrated and Participatory Management Plan is required to enable sustainable development in the medium and long term, including a Risk Management Plan. Elaboration and implementation of the Integrated and Participatory Management Plan Ministry of Cultures and Tourism Government of Potosí /Mayor of Potosí Ministry of Mining and MetallurgyCOMIBOL Civil society University Tomas Frías(Adjuvant) Geographical Society of History
15 Establishment of a centralized management unit for all the property July-2019 For the adequate management of the property, it is necessary to have an Inter-Institutional Management Unit for the follow-up of the Management Plan and for the coordination of the programs and projects established therein. Establishment of the integrated Management Body with legal attribution and operational execution based on a Supreme Decree Ministry of Cultures and Tourismand other relevant institutions 
16 Expansion and reinforcement of the legal framework for the protection of all elements of the property at all three levels of government. July-2018 (elaboration)July-2022 (adoption & execution) For the adequate legal protection of all the components of the property, it is necessary to have an extension and reinforcement of the legal framework for the protection of all the elements of the property in the three levels of government.  Preparation and approval of laws, decrees, regulations and other legal instruments for the protection and preservation of all elements of the property Three levels of the State(Ministry of Cultures and others concerned / Municipality and Governorate of Potosí) 
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2017
41 COM 7A.23
City of Potosi (Bolivia, Plurinational State of) (C 420)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add,
  2. Recalling Decision 40 COM 7A.1, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016),
  3. Welcomes the efforts made by the State Party in view of the establishment of the Inter-institutional Committee to oversee the implementation of the stabilization works in the summit of Cerro Rico;
  4. Notes with satisfaction the resuming of the stabilization works on the summit of Cerro Rico, while expressing its deep concern over longstanding instability and vulnerability of Cerro Rico;
  5. Also notes with satisfaction that the State Party started using the International Assistance from the World Heritage Fund in view of achieving positive outcomes towards the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger and commends the State Party for the participatory approach in which all the stakeholders have worked in the definition of the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) at the occasion of the World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS technical mission to the property in May 2017;
  6. Adopts the DSOCR developed in consultation with the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and all stakeholders, as presented in Document WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add and urges the State Party to start the immediate implementation of the corrective measures;
  7. Also urges the State Party, based on technical assistance provided by the technical mission of May 2017, to complete the definition of the buffer zone and submit a final proposal for a Minor Boundary Modification, in line with Paragraph 164 of the Operational Guidelines;
  8. Requests the State Party to establish an integrated management unit for the property, with appropriate articulation between the various bodies and committees and to proceed with the elaboration of an Integrated and Participatory Management Plan (IPMP) that includes all attributes of the property and ensures its Outstanding Universal Value;
  9. Further urges the State Party to finalize the process of adopting a new legislation to address the issue of the relocation of miners and enforcing the moratorium for all explorations over the quota 4,400m;
  10. Notes with appreciation the development of restoration works undertaken in the Historic Centre and the updating of the Master Plan for the City, and also requests the State Party to integrate its conservation strategy in the IPMP to be elaborated and implemented;
  11. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2018, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 42nd session in 2018;
  12. Decides to retain City of Potosí (Bolivia (Plurinational State of)) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
41 COM 8C.2
Update of the List of World Heritage in Danger (Retained Properties)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined the state of conservation reports of properties inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC/17/41.COM/7A, WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add and WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add.2),
  2. Decides to retain the following properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger:
    • Afghanistan, Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley (Decision 41 COM 7A.54)
    • Afghanistan, Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam (Decision 41 COM 7A.55)
    • Belize, Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Decision 41 COM 7A.2)
    • Bolivia (Plurinational State of), City of Potosí (Decision 41 COM 7A.23)
    • Central African Republic, Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park (Decision 41 COM 7A.4)
    • Chile, Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works (Decision 41 COM 7A.24)
    • Côte d'Ivoire / Guinea, Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve (Decision 41 COM 7A.6)
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo, Garamba National Park (Decision 41 COM 7A.7)
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kahuzi-Biega National Park (Decision 41 COM 7A.8)
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo, Okapi Wildlife Reserve (Decision 41 COM 7A.9)
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo, Salonga National Park (Decision 41 COM 7A.10)
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo, Virunga National Park (Decision 41 COM 7A.11)
    • Egypt, Abu Mena (Decision 41 COM 7A.32)
    • Honduras, Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve (Decision 41 COM 7A.3)
    • Indonesia, Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (Decision 41 COM 7A.18)
    • Iraq, Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat) (Decision 41 COM 7A.33)
    • Iraq, Hatra (Decision 41 COM 7A.34)
    • Iraq, Samarra Archaeological City (Decision 41 COM 7A.35)
    • Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls (site proposed by Jordan) (Decision 41 COM 7A.36)
    • Libya, Archaeological Site of Cyrene (Decision 41 COM 7A.37)
    • Libya, Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna (Decision 41 COM 7A.38)
    • Libya, Archaeological Site of Sabratha (Decision 41 COM 7A.39)
    • Libya, Old Town of Ghadamès (Decision 41 COM 7A.40)
    • Libya, Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus (Decision 41 COM 7A.41)
    • Madagascar, Rainforests of the Atsinanana (Decision 41 COM 7A.14)
    • Mali, Old Towns of Djenné (Decision 41 COM 7A.28)
    • Mali, Timbuktu (Decision 41 COM 7A.29)
    • Mali, Tomb of Askia (Decision 41 COM 7A.30)
    • Micronesia (Federated States of), Nan Madol: Ceremonial Centre of Eastern Micronesia (Decision 41 COM 7A.56)
    • Niger, Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves (Decision 41 COM 7A.15)
    • Palestine, Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem (Decision 41 COM 7A.42)
    • Palestine, Palestine: Land of Olives and Vines – Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir (Decision 41 COM 7A.43)
    • Panama, Fortifications on the Caribbean Side of Panama: Portobelo-San Lorenzo (Decision 41 COM 7A.25)
    • Peru, Chan Chan Archaelogical Zone (Decision 41 COM 7A.26)
    • Senegal, Niokolo-Koba National Park (Decision 41 COM 7A.16)
    • Serbia, Medieval Monuments in Kosovo (Decision 41 COM 7A.21)
    • Solomon Islands, East Rennell (Decision 41 COM 7A.19)
    • Syrian Arab Republic, Ancient City of Aleppo (Decision 41 COM 7A.44)
    • Syrian Arab Republic, Ancient City of Bosra (Decision 41 COM 7A.45)
    • Syrian Arab Republic, Ancient City of Damascus (Decision 41 COM 7A.46)
    • Syrian Arab Republic, Ancient Villages of Northern Syria (Decision 41 COM 7A.47)
    • Syrian Arab Republic, Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din (Decision 41 COM 7A.48)
    • Syrian Arab Republic, Site of Palmyra (Decision 41 COM 7A.49)
    • Uganda, Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi (Decision 41 COM 7A.31)
    • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City (Decision 41 COM 7A.22)
    • United Republic of Tanzania, Selous Game Reserve (Decision 41 COM 7A.17)
    • United States of America, Everglades National Park (Decision 41 COM 7A.1)
    • Uzbekistan, Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz (Decision 41 COM 7A.57)
    • Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Coro and its Port (Decision 41 COM 7A.27)
    • Yemen, Historic Town of Zabid (Decision 41 COM 7A.51)
    • Yemen, Old City of Sana’a (Decision 41 COM 7A.52)
    • Yemen, Old Walled City of Shibam (Decision 41 COM 7A.53)
      Draft Decision: 41 COM 7A.23

      The World Heritage Committee,

      1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add,
      2. Recalling Decision 40 COM 7A.1, adopted at its 40th session (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016),
      3. Welcomes the efforts made by the State Party in view of the establishment of the Inter-institutional Committee to oversee the implementation of the stabilization works in the summit of Cerro Rico;
      4. Notes with satisfaction the resuming of the stabilization works on the summit of Cerro Rico, while expressing its deep concern over longstanding instability and vulnerability of Cerro Rico;
      5. Also notes with satisfaction that the State Party started using the International Assistance from the World Heritage Fund in view of achieving positive outcomes towards the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger and commends the State Party for the participatory approach in which all the stakeholders have worked in the definition of the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) at the occasion of the World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS technical mission to the property in May 2017;
      6. Adopts the DSOCR developed in consultation with the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and all stakeholders, as presented in Document WHC/17/41.COM/7A.Add and urges the State Party to start the immediate implementation of the corrective measures;
      7. Also urges the State Party, based on technical assistance provided by the technical mission of May 2017, to complete the definition of the buffer zone and submit a final proposal for a Minor Boundary Modification, in line with Paragraph 164 of the Operational Guidelines;
      8. Requests the State Party to establish an integrated management unit for the property, with appropriate articulation between the various bodies and committees and proceed with the elaboration of an Integrated and Participatory Management Plan (IPMP) that includes all attributes of the property and ensures its Outstanding Universal Value;
      9. Further urges the State Party to finalize the process of adopting a new legislation to address the issue of the relocation of miners and enforcing the moratorium for all explorations over the quota 4,400m;
      10. Notes with appreciation the development of restoration works undertaken in the Historic Centre and the updating of the Master Plan for the City, and also requests the State Party to integrate its conservation strategy in the IPMP to be elaborated and implemented;
      11. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by1 February 2018, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in 2017;
      12. Decides to retain City of Potosí (Bolivia (Plurinational State of)) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
      Report year: 2017
      Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
      Date of Inscription: 1987
      Category: Cultural
      Criteria: (ii)(iv)(vi)
      Danger List (dates): 2014-present
      Documents examined by the Committee
      SOC Report by the State Party
      Report (2017) .pdf
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      Exports

      * : 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.


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