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WHC-04/28.COM/14B REV

Suzhou, 25 June 2004

Original: English/French



UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL

ORGANIZATION
CONVENTION CONCERNING THE PROTECTION OF THE WORLD

CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE
WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE
Twenty-eighth session
Suzhou, China

28 June - 7 July 2004
Item 14B of the Provisional Agenda: Nominations of properties to the World Heritage List
SUMMARY
This document presents the nominations to be examined by the Committee in 2004. It is divided into three sections:
I Changes to names of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

II Examination of nominations of cultural, natural and mixed properties to the World Heritage List

III Application of paragraph 67 of the Operational Guidelines (July 2002) concerning nominations to be processed on an emergency basis
Separate documents present the Tentative Lists of all States Parties (WHC-04/28.COM/14A) and a summary update of nominations proposed for the List of World Heritage in Danger (WHC-04/28.COM/15C).
In addition to the technical summary of each nomination prepared by the World Heritage Centre, the document presents for each nomination the recommendations of the appropriate Advisory Body(ies) extracted from WHC-04/28.COM/INF.14A and WHC-04/28.COM/INF.14B (announced electronically 9 May 2004 and distributed to Committee members 17 May 2004) together with a proposed Draft Decision based on those recommendations.
Decisions required:
The Committee is requested to examine the recommendations and Draft Decisions presented in this document, and, in accordance with paragraph 65 of the Operational Guidelines (July 2002), take its Decisions concerning inscription on the World Heritage List in the following three categories:
(a) properties which it inscribes on the World Heritage List;

(b) properties which it decides not to inscribe on the List;

(c) properties whose consideration is deferred.
I. Changes to names of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List
At the request of the Canadian authorities the Committee is asked to approve a change to the English and French names of Miguasha Park, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1999.
Draft Decision: 28 COM 14B.1
The World Heritage Committee,
Approves the proposed name change to Miguasha Park as proposed by the Canadian authorities . The name of the property becomes Miguasha National Park in English and Parc national de Miguasha in French.

II. Examination of nominations of cultural, natural, and mixed properties to the World Heritage List
Summary
At its 28th session, the Committee will be examining a total of 53 nominations. For the purposes of the Cairns Decision, 34 nominations are "new nominations", having not been presented previously,1 In addition, the Committee will be examining:

7 Extensions,

10 nominations deferred or referred by previous
sessions of the Committee,

1 transboundary nomination, and

1 nomination proposed on an emergency basis
Of the 34 new nominations, ICOMOS and IUCN recommend 19 for inscription and 7 for deferral. Eight nominations are not recommended. Six of the 7 proposals for extensions are recommended for approval by the Committee. This information is summarized in the table on the following page.
Presentation of Nominations
This year, within the natural, mixed and cultural groups, nominations are being presented by IUCN and ICOMOS in regional order. Both the printed Advisory Bodies evaluation documents and this working document are presented in this order. As in the past, for ease of reference, an alphabetical summary table and index of recommendations is presented at the beginning of the document (pp. 2-3).
Revised information on four properties deferred by the Committee at previous sessions was received too late to be included in the ICOMOS Evaluations of nominations of cultural and mixed properties to the World Heritage List (WHC-04-28.COM/INF.14A) and will be presented to the Committee as a separate addendum (WHC-04/ 28.COM/INF.14A.ADD).

Nominations to be processed on an Emergency Basis
The Committee will be asked to review an "emergency nomination" for Bam Citadel (Arg-e Bam) and its Related Sites (Islamic Republic of Iran), which suffered a catastrophic earthquake on 26 December 2003. This nomination was received from the Iranian authorities on 11 May 2004. Under the provisions of paragraph 67 of the Operational Guidelines (July 2002), "the normal deadlines for the submission and processing of nominations will not apply in the case of properties which, in the opinion of the Bureau, after consultation with the competent international non-governmental organization, would unquestionably meet the criteria for inclusion in the World Heritage List and which have suffered damage from disaster caused by natural events or by human activities. Such nominations will be processed on an emergency basis." (See section III.)
Nominations withdrawn at the request of the State Party
At the time of the preparation of this document, the following nominations had been withdrawn by the State Party concerned on the date indicated.


  • Corcovado National Park and Isla del Caño Biological Reserve (Costa Rica), 25/05/04

  • Cajas Lakes and Ruins of Paredones (Ecuador), 07/06/04

  • Primeval Forests of Slovakia (Slovakia), 09/06/04

  • Ilhas Selvagens (Portugal), 10/06/04

  • Rock Cities of the Bohemian Paradise (Czech Republic), 21/06/04

As a result of these withdrawls, the Committee will be examining 48 nominations.


Draft Decision: 28 COM 14B.2
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Takes note that the following States Parties had requested that their nominations not be examined at the 28th session of the Committee in 2004:


  • Corcovado National Park and Isla del Caño Biological Reserve (Costa Rica)

  • Cajas Lakes and Ruins of Paredones (Ecuador)

  • Primeval Forests of Slovakia (Slovakia)

  • Ilhas Selvagens (Portugal)

  • Rock Cities of the Bohemian Paradise (Czech Republic)


Preparation of Draft Decisions
With the decision by the Committee to adopt a formal Record of Decisions at the conclusion of each session of the Committee (Decision 26 COM 3.2), all working documents for Committee sessions have included draft decisions where appropriate. However, where decisions derive entirely from the recommendations made by the Advisory Bodies, it is proposed in the future, to expedite the production of the nomination working document, that the Advisory Bodies themselves propose draft decisions, based on their recommendations, that can be included in the working document.
Draft Decision: 28 COM 14B.3
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Requests that in the future the Advisory Bodies prepare their recommendations in the form of draft decisions, in collaboration with the World Heritage Centre, using the form approved by the Rapporteur, for inclusion in the working document on nominations.




Alphabetical Summary Table and Index of Recommendations by IUCN and ICOMOS

to the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee (28 June - 7 July 2004)2


State Party

World Heritage nomination

ID No.

Recomend.

CRITERIA

Pg





Natural Properties
















Bahrain

Hawar Islands

1126




N

N (ii) (iv)

5

Costa Rica

Corcovado National Park and Isla del Caño Biological Reserve

Withdrawn by request of the State Party

1128







N (ii)(iii)(iv)

8

Costa Rica

Area de Conservación Guancaste (Extension to include the Sector Santa Elena)

928

Bis

OK

N (ii) (iv)

13

Czech Republic

Rock Cities of the Bohemian Paradise

Withdrawn by request of the State Party

1129




N

N (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)

6

Denmark

Ilulissat Icefjord

1149




I

N (i) (iii)

7

Hungary

Paleohabitat of Tarnóc

667

Rev

N

N (i)

9

Indonesia

Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

1167




I + Danger

N (i) (ii) (iii) (iv)

5

Panama

Coiba National Park

1138




N

N (ii) (iii) (iv)

8

Portugal

Ilhas Selvagens

Withdrawn by request of the State Party

1151







N (ii) (iv)

8

Russian Federation

Western Caucasus (Extension to include the Teberdinskiy Reserve)

900

Bis

D

N (i) (ii) (iii) (iv)

12

Russian Federation

Natural System of "Wrangel Island" Reserve

1023

Rev

I

N (ii) (iv)

11

Saint Lucia

Pitons Management Area

1161




D

N (i) (iii)

8

Slovakia

Primeval Forests of Slovakia

Withdrawn by request of the State Party

1133







N (ii) (iii) (iv)

8

South Africa

Cape Floral Region of South Africa

1007

Rev

I

N (ii) (iv)

9

United Kingdom

Gough Island Wildlife Reserve (extension to include Inaccessible Island)

740

Bis

OK

N (iii) (iv)

12





Mixed Natural and Cultural Properties
















Ecuador

Cajas Lakes and Ruins of Paredones

Withdrawn by request of the State Party

1124







N (iii) (iv) C (iii) CL

14

United Kingdom

St. Kilda (renomination to include cultural criteria and extension to include marine area)

387

Bis

OK - OK

N (i) (ii) (iii) (iv)

C (iii) (iv) (v) CL



14





Cultural Properties
















Andorra

Madriu-Claror-Perafita Valley

1160




D

C (iv) (v) CL

23

Australia

Royal Exhibition Building and Carleton Gardens

1131




D

C (ii) (iv) (vi)

16

Azerbaijan

Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

1076




D

C (ii) (iii) (vi) CL

23

China

Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom

1135




I

C (ii)(iii)(iv)(v)

16

China

Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (Extension to include the Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty in Shenyang)

439

Bis

OK

C (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi)

19

China

Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (Extension to include the Liaoning Tombs)

1004

Ter

OK

C (ii) (iii) (iv)

20

Cyprus

Wine Village Terraces

1122




N

C (iii)(iv)(v) CL

23




State Party

World Heritage nomination

ID No.

Recomend.

CRITERIA

Pg

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Complex of Koguryo Tombs

1091




I

C (i) (ii) (iii) (iv)

21

Estonia

Kuressaare Fortress

1125




I

C (iv)

23

Germany

The Town Hall and Roland on the Marketplace of Bremen

1087




I

C (iii)(iv)(vi)

24

Germany

Dresden Elbe Valley

1156




I

C (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) CL

24

Germany/ Poland

Muskauer Park / Park Muzakowski

1127




I*

C (i)(iv) CL

31

Iceland

Þingvellir National Park

1152




I*

C (iii) (vi) CL

24

India

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

1101




D

C (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)

17

India

Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur (Extension to include the Great Living Chola Temples)

250

Bis

OK

C (i) (ii) (iii) (iv)

20

India

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) Station

945

Rev

I

C (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi)

22

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Pasargadae

1106




I

C (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi)

17

Iran, Islamic Republic of

Bam Citadel (Arg-e Bam) and its Related Sites

1208







C (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi)

32

Israel

The Incense and Spice Route and the Desert Cities in the Negev

1107




I

C (iii) (v) CL

25

Italy

Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia

1158




I*

C (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (vi)

26

Italy

Val d'Orcia

1026

Rev

I*

C (ii) (iii) (iv) (vi) CL

29

Japan

Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, and the Cultural Landscapes that surround them

1142




I*

C (ii) (iii) (iv) (vi) CL

18

Jordan

Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a)

1093




D

C (ii)(iv)

15

Kazakhstan

Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly

1145




D

C (i) (ii)(iii)(iv)(v) CL

19

Lithuania

Kernave Archaeological Site (Cultural Reserve of Kernave)

1137




I

C (ii) (iii) (iv)

26

Mali

Tomb of Askia

1139




I

C (ii) (iii) (iv) (vi)

14

Mexico

Luis Barragán House and Studio

1136




I*

C (i)(ii)

31

Mongolia

Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape

1081

Rev

I

C (ii) (iii) (iv) (vi) CL

22

Morocco

Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida)

1058

Rev

I

C (ii) (iv)

15

Norway

Vegaøyan -- The Vega Archipelago

1143




I*

C (v) CL

27

Portugal

Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture

1117

Rev

I

C (i)(iii)(iv)(v) CL

30

Russian Federation

Ensemble of the Novodevichy Convent

1097




I

C (i) (iv) (vi)

28

Serbia and Montenegro

Decani Monastery

724




I

C (ii) (iii) (iv) (vi)

28

Sweden

Varberg Radio Station

1134




I

C (ii) (iv)

28

Togo

Koutammakou the Land of the Batammariba

1140




I

C (i) (iii) (v) (vi) CL

15

United Kingdom

Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City

1150




I*

C (ii) (iii) (iv)

29



KEY



I Recommended for inscription

I* Recommended for inscription with reservations

D Recommended for deferral

OK Approval Recommended of an extension or a modification

N Not recommended for inscription

C/N (i) (ii) etc Cultural or Natural criteria recommended. Italicized C/N indicates that the original property has already been inscribed on the World Heritage List

CL Proposed as a Cultural Landscape



In the presentation below, IUCN Recommendations are abstracted from WHC-04/28.COM/INF.14B; ICOMOS Recommendations are abstracted from WHC-04/ 28.COM/INF.14A.3 Both documents were announced electronically to States Parties on 9 May 2004. An addendum to the ICOMOS Recommendations, WHC-04/ 28.COM/INF.14A.ADD, will be published before the Committee session.
Draft Decisions were prepared in consultation with both IUCN and ICOMOS.
Extensions of properties under new criteria are also considered "renominations". For this reason, additional criteria are separately noted in the draft decision.


A. NATURAL PROPERTIES
A.1 New nominations
ARAB STATES


Property

Hawar Islands

Id. N°

N 1126

State Party

Bahrain

Criteria proposed by State Party

N (ii) (iv)


Technical Summary:

The Hawar Islands make up an archipelago of 36 desert islands with a total area of 58,100 ha. In response to questions raised by the IUCN mission, supplementary information was submitted by the State Party in February 2004. The State Party sumitted a response to the IUCN evaluation on 16 June 2004, which was transmitted to IUCN for its consideration.


IUCN Recommendation:

IUCN recommends the World Heritage Committee not to inscribe Hawar Islands on the World Heritage List. IUCN would also like to recommend to the Committee to encourage the States Parties of Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to consider, if they wish to do so, the possibility of preparing a marine transboundary nomination covering, but not limited to, the Gulf of Salwah.


Draft Decision: 28 COM 14B.4
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Decides not to inscribe the Hawar Islands, Bahrain, on the World Heritage List;
2. Encourages the States Parties of Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to consider, if they wish to do so, the possibility of preparing a marine transboundary nomination covering, but not limited to, the Gulf of Salwah.
ASIA/PACIFIC


Property

Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

Id. N°

N 1167

State Party

Indonesia

Criteria proposed

N (i) (ii) (iii) (iv)


Technical Summary:

This large serial nomination is for three national parks located in the Bukit Barisan Mountain Range, which runs the length of the island of Sumatra.




National Park

Core Zone (ha)


Gunung Leuser NP

862,975.000

Kerinci Seblat NP

1,375,349.867

Bukit Barisan Selatan NP

356,800.000




2,595,124.867



IUCN Recommendation:

1. IUCN recommends that the World Heritage Committee inscribe the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra on the World Heritage List under natural criteria (ii), (iii) and (iv).


2. IUCN further recommends that the Committee should advise the State Party to consider extending the WH site to include other Leuser Ecosystem protected lands surrounding

Gunung Leuser National Park, particularly the Singkil Barat Wildlife Reserve, Langsa lowlands and foothills, Aceh Highlands and the Tapaktuan lowlands. Such action should, however, not be proceeded with until the integrity questions referred to in section 3 have been addressed and the mission called for in 4 completed satisfactorily.


3. IUCN also recommends that the World Heritage Committee should at the same time inscribe the site on the List of World Heritage in Danger on the basis of Operational Guidelines (2002) 83 (i) Ascertained Danger. Given the type and immediacy of the identified threats, it is important that the Government of Indonesia, with the assistance of the international community, responds with urgency to ascertained threats facing the three components of this serial nomination. In particular IUCN recommends:
i) a major coordinated effort, to address the serious threats posed to the nominated sites by on-going illegal logging and agricultural encroachment;

ii) urgent review of the Ladia Galaska Road, especially its likely serious impacts on both the nominated Gunung Leuser National Park and the surrounding Leuser Ecosystem;

iii) a coordinated effort to secure longer-term international assistance (especially for capacity building) to better protect and manage the nominated sites, with highest priority being for Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park;

iv) protection of the critical habitat ‘missing link’ across the Merangin River between the main eastern and western blocks of the Kerinci Seblat National Park;

v) a special funding project to urgently replace the many derelict visitor facilities and infrastructure and to develop an ecotourism/visitor management strategy in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.
4. IUCN advises the Committee to request the State Party to agree to invite a mission to the site within 2 years of its inscription. Based on the report of that mission, the Committee will need to decide whether to remove the site from the List of World Heritage in Danger, to retain it on that List of World Heritage in Danger or to remove it from the World Heritage List altogether.
5. Finally, IUCN recommends the Committee to request the State Party to submit detailed topographical maps clearly showing the boundaries for each site as soon as possible.

The Committee is asked to consider two draft decisions, concerning inscription on the World Heritage List and on the List of World Heritage in Danger:


Draft Decision: 28 COM 14B.5
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Inscribes the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia, on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural criteria (ii), (iii) and (iv):
Criterion (ii): The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra represent the most important blocks of forest on the island of Sumatra for the conservation of the biodiversity of both lowland and mountain forests. This once vast island of tropical rainforest, in the space of only 50 years, has been reduced to isolated remnants including those centred on the three nominated sites. The Leuser Ecosystem, including the Gunung Leuser National Park, is by far the largest and most significant forest remnant remaining in Sumatra. All three parks would undoubtedly have been important climatic refugia for species over evolutionary time and have now become critically important refugia for future evolutionary processes.
Criterion (iii): The parks that comprise the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra are all located on the prominent main spine of the Bukit Barisan Mountains, known as the ‘Andes of Sumatra’. Outstanding scenic landscapes abound at all scales. The mountains of each site present prominent mountainous backdrops to the settled and developed lowlands of Sumatra. The combination of the spectacularly beautiful Lake Gunung Tujuh (the highest lake in southeast Asia), the magnificence of the giant Mount Kerinci volcano, numerous small volcanic, coastal and glacial lakes in natural forested settings, fumaroles belching smoke from forested mountains and numerous waterfalls and cave systems in lush rainforest settings, emphasise the outstanding beauty of the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra.
Criterion (iv): All three parks that comprise the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra are areas of very diverse habitat and exceptional biodiversity. Collectively, the three sites include more than 50% of the total plant diversity of Sumatra. At least 92 local endemic species have been identified in Gunung Leuser National Park. The nomination contains populations of both the world’s largest flower (Rafflesia arnoldi) and the tallest flower (Amorphophallus titanium). The relict lowland forests in the nominated sites are very important for conservation of the plant and animal biodiversity of the rapidly disappearing lowland forests of South East Asia. Similarly, the montane forests, although less threatened, are very important for conservation of the distinctive montane vegetation of the property.
2. Recommends that the State Party consider extending the World Heritage property to include other Leuser Ecosystem protected lands surrounding Gunung Leuser National Park, particularly the Singkil Barat Wildlife Reserve, Langsa lowlands and foothills, Aceh Highlands and the Tapaktuan lowlands;
3. Requests the State Party to submit by the date of the 29th session of the Committee detailed topographical maps clearly showing the boundaries for each site.

Draft Decision: 28 COM 14B.6
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Considering the ascertained threats to the property as identified by IUCN, and which meet the criteria defined in the Operational Guidelines (2002), para. 83 (i),
2. Decides, to inscribe the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia, on the List of World Heritage in Danger;
3. Recommends that the State Party, with the assistance of the international community, undertake:
i) a major coordinated effort, to address the serious threats posed to the nominated sites by on-going illegal logging and agricultural encroachment;

ii) an urgent review of the Ladia Galaska Road, especially its likely serious impacts on both the nominated Gunung Leuser National Park and the surrounding Leuser Ecosystem;

iii) a coordinated effort to secure longer-term international assistance (especially for capacity building) to better protect and manage the nominated sites, with highest priority being for Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park;

iv) protection of the critical habitat ‘missing link’ across the Merangin River between the main eastern and western blocks of the Kerinci Seblat National Park; and

v) a special funding project to urgently replace the many derelict visitor facilities and infrastructure and to develop an ecotourism/visitor management strategy in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park.
4. Requests the State Party to invite a mission to the site within two years of its inscription. Based on the report of that mission, the Committee will consider appropriate actions.

EUROPE / NORTH AMERICA



Property

Rock Cities of the Bohemian Paradise

Id. N°

N 1129

State Party

Czech Republic

Criteria proposed

N (i)(ii)(iii)(iv)


Technical Summary:

At the request of the State Party, this nomination will not be examined by the Committee.




Property

Ilulissat Icefjord

Id. N°

N 1149

State Party

Denmark

Criteria proposed

N (i) (iii)


Technical Summary:

The icefjord at Ilulissat (Jakobshavn), on the western coast of Greenland is an area of 4024 km (402,400 ha). Of this area, almost 80% is glacier ice, including the Jakobshavn Glacier, a floating, calving branch of the inland ice cap. Fjord, land, and lakes make up the remainder of this proposed World Heritage property.


IUCN Recommendation:

IUCN recommends that the World Heritage Committee inscribe the Ilulissat Icefjord on the World Heritage List under natural criteria (i) and (iii).


IUCN also suggests that the Committee recommend the authorities to revise the management plan to better take into account the growing pressures from tourism and to focus more attention on the biological resources of the site. Specific issues that should be taken into account include:

  • ensuring that hunting, fishing and tourism activities are undertaken using principles of sustainability and environmental capacity, and

  • formulating and implementing a zoning plan to define tourism limits.

A monitoring report on progress achieved should be requested for 2007.



Draft Decision: 28 COM 14B.8
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Inscribes the Ilulissat Icefjord, Denmark, on the World Heritage List on the basis of natural criteria (i)and (iii):
Criterion (i): The Ilulissat Icefjord is an outstanding example of a stage in the Earth’s history: the last ice age of the Quaternary Period. The ice-stream is one of the fastest (19m per day) and most active in the world. Its annual calving of over 35 cu. km of ice accounts for 10% of the production of all Greenland calf ice, more than any other glacier outside Antarctica. The glacier has been the object of scientific attention for 250 years and, along with its relative ease of accessibility, has significantly added to the understanding of ice-cap glaciology, climate change and related geomorphic processes.
Criterion (iii): The combination of a huge ice sheet and a fast moving glacial ice-stream calving into a fjord covered by icebergs is a phenomenon only seen in Greenland and Antarctica. Ilulissat offers both scientists and visitors easy access for close view of the calving glacier front as it cascades down from the ice sheet and into the ice-choked fjord. The wild and highly scenic combination of rock, ice and sea, along with the dramatic sounds produced by the moving ice, combine to present a memorable natural spectacle.
2. Recommends that the authorities revise the management plan to better take into account the growing pressures from tourism and to focus more attention on the biological resources of the site. Specific issues that should be taken into account include:

  • ensuring that hunting, fishing and tourism activities are undertaken using principles of sustainability and environmental capacity, and

  • formulating and implementing a zoning plan to define tourism limits; and


3. Requests that the State Party submit a report on progress achieved for examination by the Committee at its 31st session in 2007.



Property

Ilhas Selvagens

Id. N°

N 1151

State Party

Portugal

Criteria proposed

N (ii) (iv)


Technical Summary:

At the request of the State Party, this nomination will not be examined by the Committee.





Property

Primeval Forests of Slovakia

Id. N°

N 1133

State Party

Slovakia

Criteria proposed

N (ii) (iii) (iv)


Technical Summary:

At the request of the State Party, this nomination will not be examined by the Committee.



LATIN AMERICA / CARIBBEAN


Property

Corcovado National Park and Isla del Caño Biological Reserve

Id. N°

N 1128

State Party

Costa Rica

Criteria proposed

N (ii)(iii)(iv)


Technical Summary:

At the request of the State Party, this nomination will not be examined by the Committee.





Property

Coiba National Park

Id. N°

N 1138

State Party

Panama

Criteria proposed

N (ii) (iii) (iv)


Technical Summary:

Coiba Island, 30 km from the Panamian mainland, is the largest island (50,314 ha) in the Central American Pacific. In the nominated area are 38 other islands and a large marine area. The total area nominated consists of 270,125 ha.


On 23 June 2004, the State Party submitted supplementary information in response to the evaluation by IUCN. This information has been transmitted to IUCN for its consideration.
IUCN Recommendation:

IUCN considers that the nominated site on its own does not meet natural criteria and recommends the World Heritage Committee not to inscribe Coiba National Park in the World Heritage List under natural criteria. However, once legal protection under national law is provided and the boundaries of the site are substantially expanded to provide greater coverage of the key marine and coastal areas of the Gulf of Chiriquí, the State Party may wish to consider submitting a new nomination.


The World Heritage Committee may wish to encourage the State Party to continue its participation in the development of the proposed Cocos Islands – Galapagos Marine Biological Corridor where Coiba National Park can play an important role as a stepping-stone core area for marine conservation.

Draft Decision: 28 COM 14B.10
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Decides not to inscribe Coiba National Park, Panama, on the World Heritage List;
2 Encourages the State Party to continue its participation in the development of the proposed Cocos Islands – Galapagos Marine Biological Corridor where Coiba National Park can play an important role as a stepping-stone core area for marine conservation.



Property

Pitons Management Area

Id. N°

N 1161

State Party

Saint Lucia

Criteria proposed

N (i) (iii)


Technical Summary:

The Pitons Management Area is a 2,909-ha reserve on the southwest coast of the island of Saint Lucia dominated by the volcanic spires of Gros Piton and Petit Piton, rising to 777m and 743m respectively. An amended nomination form, landuse and approved management plans were submitted 4 July 2003.


IUCN Recommendation:

IUCN recommends the Committee to defer the nomination of Pitons Management Area under natural criterion (i).


IUCN notes that the Committee has, since 1992, inscribed a number of remarkable landscapes under the cultural landscape category. Although the lead for cultural landscapes lies with ICOMOS, IUCN believes that the associative values of this site may support a nomination as a cultural landscape.
IUCN also notes that the site has potential to be developed as a Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man and Biosphere programme. The State Party may also wish to consider an alternative way of securing international recognition for the site’s earth science values through recognition under the emerging Geoparks initiative, supported by UNESCO and the international earth science unions.
Notwithstanding the recommendation above, IUCN:

  • advises the Committee to commend the State Party for developing strong support among the local residential and commercial communities for the establishment and management of the Pitons Management Area.

  • recommends the State Party to:

i) Provide adequate staff and budget for the PMA;

ii) Complete the process of acquiring additional private lands within the PMA;

iii) Complete the operational plan; and

iv) Ensure that power generation is not developed in the Sulphur Springs Area.


Draft Decision: 28 COM 14B.11
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Defers the nomination of the Pitons Management Area, Saint Lucia, under natural criterion (i) to allow the State Party to prepare an in-depth geological study of the site and the processes that led to its formation;
2. Commends the State Party for developing strong support among the local residential and commercial communities for the establishment and management of the Pitons Management Area;
3. Encourages the State Party to continue supporting the conservation of the park by:

i) Providing adequate staff and budget for the Pitons Management Area;

ii) Completing the process of acquiring additional private lands within the area;

iii) Completing the operational plan; and

iv) Ensuring that power generation is not developed in the Sulphur Springs Area;
4. Encourages the State Party examine other options for international recognition under the Man and Biosphere Programme of UNESCO or the Geoparks Initiative; and
5. Further encourages the State Party to consider nominating the property as an associative cultural landscape.

A.2 Deferred nominations for which additional information has been received
AFRICA


Property

Cape Floral Region of South Africa

Id. N°

N 1007 Rev

State Party

South Africa

Criteria proposed

N (ii) (iv)

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