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Committee Decisions

32 COM 7B.101

Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor (Montenegro) (C 125)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decisions 29 COM 7B.84 and 31 COM 7B.100, adopted at its 29th (Durban, 2005) and 31st (Christchurch, 2007) sessions respectively,

3. Noting the results of the February 2008 World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS mission to the property to examine the suitability of the proposed bridge at Verige and its impacts on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

4. Notes with appreciation the State Party's excellent conservation work and commends the State Party for cooperating with stakeholders in the conservation work;

5. Urges the State Party to consider protective mechanisms including a feasibility study for a buffer zone to better protect the property

6. Invites the State Party to consider re-nominating an enlarged area around the bay as a cultural landscape;

7. Requests the State Party to take into account the detailed recommendations of the joint mission and also urges the authorities to carry out a visual impact study of the Verige bridge project;

8. Also requests the State Party to carry out detailed environmental, cultural and visual impact studies in the event that other bridge or tunnel options are considered in the future;

9. Further requests the State Party to consider all other geographical and technical options which may replace the Verige Bridge project and would eliminate negative impacts on the Outstanding Universal Value;

10. Encourages the State Party to complete the management plan after having put in place adequate legal and protective measures, and appropriate resources; and further requests the State Party, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, to develop a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value including the conditions of integrity and authenticity, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009;

11. Requests furthermore the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a copy of the visual impact study and a progress report on the approval and implementation of the management plan, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.