1. The Seventh Ordinary Session of the World Heritage Committee was held at the invitation of the Government of Italy in the Villa Medicea of Poggio a Caiano, Florence, from 5 to 9 December 1983. It was attended by the following States Members of the World Heritage Committee: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Guinea, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Norway, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey. 2. Representatives of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), the ...
4. In accordance with the Rules of Procedure, the session was opened by Mr. J. Gazaneo of Argentina, since the outgoing Chairman, Prof. R. Slatyer, could not attend the meeting. Mr. Gazaneo welcomed the delegates and observers and introduced the opening addresses by the Representative of the Director-General of Unesco, Mr. M. Batisse, and the Italian authorities. Mrs. L. Vlad-Borrelli, Representative of the Minister of Cultural Properties and Cultural Environment conveyed the greetings of the Minister and recalled that the town of Florence is one of the Italian cultural properties ...
7. The Committee adopted the agenda for the meeting with the amendment to discuss the difficulties encountered in evaluating nominations of historic towns after point 6 of the agenda.
8. The Committee elected by acclamation Mrs. Vlad-Borrelli (Italy) as Chairman of the Committee and Mr. da Silva Telles (Brazil) as Rapporteur. The following States were elected also by acclamation as Vice-Chairmen: Algeria, Australia, Guinea, Norway and Sri Lanka.
9. Mr. Batisse, Assistant Director General (Science Sector) presented the report of the Secretariat and drew attention to the report of the seventh session of the Bureau held on 27-30 June 1983. He noted that since that date, the 4th General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention had taken place on 28 October 1983 during the 22nd session of the Unesco General Conference. As stipulated by the Convention, the mandate of 7 countries expired and the following countries were elected: Algeria, Australia (re-election), Lebanon, Malawi, Norway, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. He indicated that 64 ...
The Committee examined the nominations to the World Heritage List, taking note of the comments of the representatives of ICOMOS and/or IUCN which had made an evaluation of each property. The Committee decided to enter in the World Heritage List the twenty-nine cultural and natural properties as follows: Contracting State having submitted the nomination of the property in accordance with the ConventionIdentificationName of PropertyCriteria Federal Republic of Germany 271 The Pilgrimage Church of Wies C(i)(iii) Brazil 275 The ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes It was ...
Sites: Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe Abbey of St Gall Agra Fort Ajanta Caves Ancient City of Nessebar Benedictine Convent of St John at Müstair Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores City of Cuzco Comoé National Park Convent of Christ in Tomar Ellora Caves Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis: San Ignacio Mini, Santa Ana, Nuestra Señora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor (Argentina), Ruins of Sao Miguel das Missoes (Brazil) La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico Monastery of Batalha Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon Old City of Berne Pilgrimage Church of Wies Pirin National Park Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance in Nancy Rila Monastery Sangay National Park Srebarna Nature Reserve Taj Mahal Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve Wood Buffalo National Park
13. At its seventh session, the Bureau had expressed the wish that the Operational Guidelines (document WHC/2 Revised) be updated to incorporate the decisions taken by the Committee at its fifth and sixth sessions and the recommendations formulated by the Bureau at Its seventh session. The Secretariat presented the updated version of the Operational Guidelines (revised as of November 1983) and indicated to the Committee where changes and revisions had been made. The Committee took note of the updated version of the Guidelines and in addition accepted the ICOMOS recommendations concerning ...
14. The Committee noted that tentative lists for natural properties had been submitted by Brazil and Portugal, presented in document SC/83/CONF.009/INF.3. 15. The Committee was greatly interested in the ideas presented by Mr. Parent, President of ICOMOS, in his report given at the seventh session of the Bureau, notably concerning the difficulties currently encountered in applying the cultural criteria to the nominations of historic towns, cultural properties representative of a series and the criterion of authenticity. After discussion, the Committee stated its full agreement with the ...
The Ancient City of Nessebar 217 Bulgaria C(iii)(iv)
Sites: Ancient City of Nessebar
Rila Monastery 216 Bulgaria C(vi) This property was not considered as a testimony of mediaeval civilisation but rather as a symbol of the 19th Century Bulgarian Renaissance which imparted slavic cultural values upon Rila in trying to re-establish an uninterrupted historical continuity. The reconstruction of Rila (1834-1962) thus illustrates cultural criterion (vi) of the Operational Guidelines.
Sites: Rila Monastery
Srebarna Nature Reserve 219 Bulgaria N(iv)
Sites: Srebarna Nature Reserve
Pirin National Park 225 Bulgaria N(i)(ii)(iii)
Sites: Pirin National Park
Wood Buffalo National Park 256 Canada N(ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee drew attention to the harmful consequences that the eventual construction of a dam on the Slave River could have on those natural characteristics which make the property of outstanding universal value. It therefore recommended that the Canadian authorities take all possible measures to protect the integrity of the site.
Sites: Wood Buffalo National Park
Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves 205 Costa Rica N(i)(ii)(iii)(iv) The Committee reiterated the Bureau's wish that the Panamanian authorities take the initiative of nominating the part of the Friendship (Amistad) Park located in their territory.
Comoe National Park 227 Ivory Coast N(ii)(iv) The Committee recommended that the authorities should consider extending the protected area to include Mts. Gorowi and Kongoli thus enhancing the ecological and touristic value of this property.
Sites: Comoé National Park
Sangay National Park 260 Ecuador N(ii)(iii)(iv)
Sites: Sangay National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park 259 United States of America N(i)(ii)(iii)(iv)
7 COM VIII Inscription: La Fortaleza and San Juan Historic Site in Puerto Rico (United States of America)
La Fortaleza and San Juan Historic Site in Puerto Rico 266 United States of America C(vi)
Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance, Nancy 229 France C(i)(iv)
Place Stanislas, Place de la Carriere and Place d'Alliance, Nancy 229 France C(i)(iv)
Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe 230 France C(i)(iii) It was noted that this property becomes part of the series of important groups of Romanesque mural paintings.
Cape Girolata, Cape Porto and Scandola Nature Reserve in Corsica 258 France N(ii)(iii)(iv)
Ajanta Caves 242 India C(i)(ii)(iii)(vi) The Committee recommended that the authorities take all possible safeguarding measures, especially as concerns constructions on the summit of the cliff which could be detrimental for the site.
Sites: Ajanta Caves
Ellora Caves 243 India C(i)(iii)(vi) The Committee recommended that the authorities establish a protection zone which would safeguard the surrounding landscape and the cliff, and provide a map indicating the delimitation of this zone.
Sites: Ellora Caves
Agra Fort 251 India C(iii) The Committee recommended that the authorities create a buffer zone of protection between the Fort and the Taj Mahal so as to safeguard the landscape and the environment between these two quite different monuments.
Sites: Agra Fort
Taj Mahal 252 India C(i)
Sites: Taj Mahal
30. Following the recommendations of its Bureau, the Committee decided to defer examination of the nominations which are listed below until it receives the necessary information: Contracting State having submitted the nomination of the property in accordance with the Convention Identification n° Name of Property Afghanistan 207 The City and Monuments of Herat Afghanistan 211 The Minaret of Jam Ghana 226 Bia National Park Ghana 279 Traditional Mosques of Northern Ghana India 234 Churches and Convents of Goa Iraq 276 Ancient ...
Sites: Ancient City of Aleppo Babylon Churches and Convents of Goa Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley Group of Monuments at Hampi Hatra Khajuraho Group of Monuments Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam Samarra Archaeological City Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay – Mukkawar Island Marine National Park
28. The Committee noted that the nominations of the Church of St. Elizabeth of Marburg and the Hanseatic City of Lubeck (Federal Republic of Germany), as well as the nomination of the Palais des Papes, the Old Cathedral of Notre-Dame-desDoms, Pont Saint-Benezet and ramparts of Avignon (France) had been withdrawn.
Sites: Hanseatic City of Lübeck Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
32. The Committee also decided not to include the Ancient City of Plovdiv nominated by Bulgaria on the World Heritage List. The Committee considered it was difficult at this stage to include urban sites on the List for their vernacular architecture and that the problems concerning the types of towns characteristic of the different regions of the world would first have to be clarified.
36. On the basis of the recommendation of a working group set up during the session, the Committee approved the following requests: - Costa Rica - Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserve (request n°205.1 rev.2): $25,000 - Ivory Coast - Tai National Park (request n°159.1 rev.1): $30,000 - Haiti - Citadel Henry National History Park (request n°180.1): $20,000 - Honduras - Maya Ruins of Copan (request n°129.1): $20,000 - Honduras - Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (request n°196.1 rev.2): $20,000 - Nepal - Sagarmatha National Park (request n°120.1 4): ...
Sites: Darien National Park Maya Site of Copan National History Park – Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve Sagarmatha National Park Taï National Park Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park
37. The following requests for training activities which were submitted as part of technical cooperation requests were also approved: - Costa Rica - Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserve (request n°205.1 rev.2): $5,000 - Honduras - Maya Ruins of Copan (request n°129.1): $26,000 - Honduras - Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve (request n°196.1 rev.2): $6,000 Total of requests in the field of cultural and natural heritage conservation: $37,000
Sites: Maya Site of Copan Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park
13. The General Assembly was called on to elect 7 Members of the World Heritage Committee to replace the following 7 Members whose term of office was due to expire at the end of the 22nd Session of the General Conference : Australia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Iraq, Nepal, Tunisia, United States of America.14. The list of States Parties which had submitted their candidature was read out before the Assembly. In conformity with Article 16, paragraph 5,of the Convention, the list of candidates was limited to those States which had in fact paid their contribution to the World Heritage Fund for 1982. ...