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Committee Decisions

31 COM 7B.44

Pyrénées – Mont Perdu (France / Spain)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2.       Recalling Decisions 28 COM 15B.36, 29 COM 7B.31 and 30 COM 7B.33 adopted respectively during its 28th (Suzhou, 2004), 29th (Durban, 2005) and 30th (Vilnius, 2006) sessions,

3.       Regrets that the last report provided by the French State Party did not give information on the progress achieved with regard to transboundary cooperation, or on the preparation and implementation of the management plan for the French part of this transbounday property, in conformity with the legislation of National Parks and of the need identified during the analysis of the Periodic Reporting for Europe;

4.       Notes with concern that ten years after inscription of the property, the issue of the transfer of the Gavarnie Festival has not yet been resolved and that this event has once again been authorized  for 2007 while 2006 should have been the last year ;

5.       Notes with satisfaction the proposal made by the French State Party for an alternative site for the Gavarnie Festival and for the invitation of an international expert mission to evaluate this new location and the overall management of the property;

6.       Requests the French State Party to receive the World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/IUCN mission to examine the current site of the Festival as well as the proposed alternative site in view of a final transfer of the Gavarnie Festival, as was initially announced at the time of the inscription of the property;

7.       Urges the States Parties of France and Spain to strengthen their transboundary cooperation to ensure the conservation and management of this property;

8.       Further requests the French State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with a progress report before 1 February 2008 specifically on the transfer of the Gavarnie Festival, transboundary cooperation and the preparation and implementation of the management plan for the French part of the property for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

Documents
PDF Original Decision Document
Context of Decision
PDF WHC-07/31.COM/24
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: France Spain
Session: 31COM