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3 - Policies Regarding CONSERVATION of World Heritage Properties

3.3 - Impact assessments

15.c) "[The World Heritage Committee encourages States Parties to] (…) be proactive in relation to development and conservation of World Heritage properties by conducting a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) at the time of nomination to anticipate the impact of any potential development on the Outstanding Universal Value."

Theme:  3.3 - Impact assessments
Decision:  35COM 12E

3 - Policies Regarding CONSERVATION of World Heritage Properties

3.3 - Impact assessments

11. "[The World Heritage Committee] taking note of the benefits to States Parties of systematically utilizing Heritage Impact Assessments (HIAs) and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in the review of development projects, encourages States Parties to integrate the EIA/HIA processes into legislation, planning mechanisms and management plans, and reiterates its recommendation to States Parties to use these tools in assessing projects, including assessment of cumulative impacts, as early as possible and before any final decision is taken, and, taking into account the need for capacity-building in this regard, requests the States Parties to contribute financially and technically towards the development of further guidance regarding EIA/HIA implementation, by the Advisory Bodies and the World Heritage Centre, based on case studies and field experience."
Theme:  3.3 - Impact assessments
Decision:  39COM 7

3 - Policies Regarding CONSERVATION of World Heritage Properties

3.3 - Impact assessments

37. "[The World Heritage Committee] stresses the necessity for HIAs and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) to be proportionate to the scope and scale of projects, with simpler assessments being undertaken for smaller projects and Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) for very large projects, and the necessity for assessments to be undertaken in a timely fashion and submitted to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies (…)."
Theme:  3.3 - Impact assessments
Decision:  42COM 7

3 - Policies Regarding CONSERVATION of World Heritage Properties

3.3 - Impact assessments

Synthesis based on relevant Committee decisions

The World Heritage Committee requests the States Parties to provide, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, detailed information on the planning and design of proposed and on-going projects, which may impact on the visual integrity of the World Heritage property or its immediate and wider setting, and undertake a visual impact study, for review by the Advisory Bodies, prior to approval and implementation and before making any decisions that would be difficult to reverse (Based on Case law on decisions on the State of Conservation).
Theme:  3.3 - Impact assessments
See for examples Decisions:  28COM 15B.71 28COM 15B.74 27COM 7B.67 32COM 7B.72 33COM 7B.113 35COM 7B.96 31COM 7B.89 31COM 7B.90 31COM 7B.94 37COM 7B.96 38COM 7B.42 41COM 7B.23 41COM 7B.43
Case law:  Yes

3 - Policies Regarding CONSERVATION of World Heritage Properties

3.3 - Impact assessments

Synthesis based on relevant Committee decisions

The World Heritage Committee requests the States Parties to ensure that development is not permitted if it would impact individually or cumulatively on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property (based on Case law on decisions on the State of Conservation).
Theme:  3.3 - Impact assessments
See for examples Decisions:  36COM 7B.8 38COM 7B.62 38COM 7B.69 39COM 7B.15 40COM 7B.105 41COM 7B.42
Case law:  Yes
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