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Committee Decisions

32 COM 7B.59

Um er-Rasas (Kastrom Mefa'a) (Jordan) (C 1093)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.57, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Congratulates the State Party for the quality and extent of conservation measures undertaken since the mission of November 2006;

4. Notes that the steps being taken by the State Party have removed the threat of loss of Outstanding Universal Value, and sustained the site's authenticity and integrity, and that there is no need at present to consider World Heritage in Danger listing;

5. Requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre a technical document including detailed documentation of all initiatives described in its state of conservation report, and supplementary information on the new management structure and staffing, the completion and initial operations of the visitor's centre, the definitive organization of the pathway system, progress in development of the conservation plan and in the elaboration of a management plan;

6. Encourages the State Party to:

a) develop a financial system with a minimum annual operations budget;

b) prepare a possible revision of the boundaries of the property and buffer zone;

c) develop a timeframe for the implementation of short and long term corrective measures (conservation, maintenance and monitoring plans for ongoing consolidation and security works), as well as a needed archaeological research policy;

7. Also requests the State Party to submit a report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February, 2009, on its progress in implementing the above recommendations, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.