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Decision : 30 COM 7B.77
State of Conservation (Dresden Elbe Valley)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling that the property was inscribed in 2004 for its outstanding universal value as a Cultural Landscape,

3. Notes with great concern that the construction project of the "Waldschlösschen-Bridge" is located in the core area of the cultural landscape;

4. Notes with satisfaction that the national authorities have commissioned a visual impact study, and the City of Dresden has suspended the construction project of the bridge until the discussions by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006);

5. Further notes the negative results of the visual impact study carried out on the "Waldschlösschen bridge", confirming the impact on the landscape;

6. Considers that the construction of the "Waldschlösschen bridge" would irreversibly damage the values and integrity of the property in accordance with paragraph 179 (b) of the Operational Guidelines;

7. Requests the State Party and the City authorities to urgently halt this construction project and to take up discussions with all stakeholders to find alternative solutions so as to ensure the safeguarding of the outstanding universal value of the property and to provide details on this process and a time frame in conformity with Decision 29 COM 7C;

8. Decides to inscribe the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger, with a view to considering delisting the property from the World Heritage List at its 31st session in 2007, if the plans are carried out;

9. Also requests the State Party to review without delay the projects in the core zone taking into account the results of the visual impact study and to provide a comprehensive update report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2007 for examination by the Committee at its 31st session in 2007 in order to review the conditions for removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: EUR/NA
States Parties: Germany
Year: 2006
Decision Code: 30 COM 7B.77