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Decision : 31 COM 7B.47
Timbuktu (Mali)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.36, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3        Takes note of the progress achieved in the implementation of the Conservation and Management Plan of Timbuktu-Mali (2006-2010);

4.       Regrets that the State Party has undertaken construction work for the new Ahmed Baba Cultural Centre without having provided new technical documents permitting an objective evaluation of the envisaged modifications to the Centre, as the construction is foreseen adjacent to the Sankoré Mosque ;

5.       Urges the State Party to urgently transmit the technical documents, before 31 August 2007, showing the modifications made to the architectural project for the Ahmed Baba Cultural Centre and collaborate with the World Heritage Centre in order to allow for an analysis of the impact of the envisaged modifications to the Sankoré Mosque ;

6.       Requests the State Party to transmit to the World Heritage Centre all the technical information on the current restoration projects, and particularly for the restoration of the Djingareyberre Mosque initiated with the assistance of the Aga Khan Foundation ;

7.      Requests the State Party to urgently invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission, before 31 October 2007, with the aim of evaluating the impact of the construction work of the Ahmed Baba Cultural Centre, and make recommendations to the Committee regarding the threats to the property ;

8.       Also requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with a report on the state of conservation of the property before 1 February 2008, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Mali
Properties: Timbuktu
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.47