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Decision : 32 COM 7B.67
Old Town of Lijiang (China) (C 811)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.69, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Notes the continued efforts made by the State Party to improve management of the property, and its complete response to the requests made by the World Heritage Committee at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007);

4. Reiterates its requests to the State Party to develop, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value including the conditions of integrity and authenticity, as well as linkages between tangible and intangible heritage aspects, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009;

5. Requests the State Party to implement all the recommendations of the joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS mission of January 2008; and especially to:

a) complete the comprehensive conservation master plan, which should provide overarching principles for regional development and tourism control as well as conservation guidelines, together with the Site management plan;

b) strengthen the capacity of the World Cultural Heritage Management Bureau to implement and coordinate more effectively these planning initiatives;

6. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a report on the state of conservation of the property, including information on the progress made in implementing the actions mentioned above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: China
Properties: Old Town of Lijiang
Year: 2008
Decision Code: 32 COM 7B.67