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Decision : 31 COM 7B.71
Meidan Emam, Esfahan (Islamic Republic of Iran)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.57, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Notes the steps taken by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to implement the recommendations of the Committee related to the reduction of the height of the Jahan Nama Commercial Complex tower;

4.       Requests the authorities of Iran to continue with the planned modifications to the Jahan Nama Commercial Complex to ensure minimum negative impacts upon the Outstanding Universal Value of, and important views associated with the property;

5.       Notes with satisfaction the decision taken by the authorities to divert the subway route in Esfahan to safeguard the historic structures located near the Chahar Bagh avenue;

6.       Urges the Iranian authorities to elaborate mechanisms for undertaking systematic cultural, social and environmental impact assessments prior to designing large scale development projects close to World Heritage and Tentative List properties in Iran;

7.       Also notes the progress made in drafting the nomination dossier for the extension of the Meidan Emam World Heritage property to include the historical and cultural axis of Esfahan;

8.       Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2008, a detailed report on the progress made in reducing the height of the Jahan Nama Commercial Complex tower and in minimizing the negative impact upon the visual integrity of the property for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Properties: Meidan Emam, Esfahan
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.71