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Decision : 32 COM 7B.65
Angkor (Cambodia) (C 668)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.61, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3. Notes with satisfaction that a new ad hoc group of experts for sustainable development has been established and has become operational during 2007;

4. Welcomes the progress achieved through the project entitled "Angkor management plan", in clarifying the challenges facing APSARA for the management and conservation of the property, as well as in defining the actions required to address them satisfactorily;

5. Also welcomes the proposal for the development of a "Heritage Management Framework", which would complement the "Angkor management plan" project by focusing specifically on the conservation of the heritage values of the property, and strongly encourages the State Party to take this project forward as soon as possible;

6. Reiterates its serious concern for the continuing and increasing threats posed to the Outstanding Universal Value and integrity of the property by the ongoing uncontrolled urban expansion in the property and its buffer zones, despite the efforts made by the Cambodian authorities;

7. Requests the State Party to address these threats by ensuring swift and full implementation of the recommendations of the 2005 mission, and in particular to:

a) clarify, including by passing new legislation if necessary, the rules regarding property rights, ownership and building codes applicable to zones 1 and 2;

b) enforce existing laws regarding illegal occupation, unauthorised construction and development and park-land appropriation/alienation;

c) strengthen the capacities of APSARA to enable effective land use planning and management, including by providing it with the necessary resources;

8. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2010, a report on the progress made on the issues mentioned above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Cambodia
Properties: Angkor
Year: 2008
Decision Code: 32 COM 7B.65