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Decision : 30 COM 7B.50
State of Conservation (Islamic Cairo)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-06/30.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 29 COM 7B.42, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005),

3. Also recalling Decision 28 COM 15B.47 adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004), and particularly its request to:

a) Designate Islamic Cairo as a Special Planning District, with buffer zones, in accordance with the provision of the Operational Guidelines, and

b) Prepare a comprehensive Urban Plan for the Conservation and Development of the Old City, whereby the conservation of historic buildings would be accompanied by appropriate development regulations,

4. Commends the State Party for the efforts made to improve conservation of Historic Cairo in the last years;

5. Notes with great concern that the principal recommendations of the 2002 Report, subsequently endorsed by the World Heritage Committee in 2003, 2004 and 2005 have not yet been implemented, and that the requested detailed topographic map, at the appropriate scale, identifying the exact boundaries of the inscribed property and its buffer zone has not been supplied;

6. Recommends that the State Party invite the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies urgently to assist in drafting terms of reference for planning and administrative activities that would ensure beginning implementation of the 2002 Report recommendations;

7. Further recommends that the State Party consider whether the present name of the property, "Islamic Cairo", reflects the real character of the area or whether it should envisage to propose to modify the name to "Historic Cairo";

8. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2007, a report on the implementation of the principal recommendations contained within the 2002 Report and subsequently endorsed by the World Heritage Committee, and the detailed topographic map requested, for examination by the Committee at its 31st session in 2007.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: ARB
States Parties: Egypt
Properties: Historic Cairo
Year: 2006
Decision Code: 30 COM 7B.50