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Decision : 33 COM 7B.63
Ancient City of Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic) (C 20)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B,

2. RecallingDecision 32 COM 7B.63, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Requests to be informed in detail of any future proposals to re-design or re-shape the King Faisal street area;

4. Regrets that the requested information on the new cultural centre on Medhat Pasha Street was not provided and reiterates its request to receive it as soon as possible for review;

5. Takes note of the progress made in protecting the historical neighbourhoods of the Ancient city and in defining a buffer zone and also reiterates its request to the State Party to complete the establishment of the buffer zone to be submitted for approval by the World Heritage Committee;

6. Also notes the numerous conservation and rehabilitation projects on-going in the property, however, while acknowledging the need for infrastructure improvement and the importance of upgrading buildings for the quality of life of the local community, also requests the State Party to ensure that the Outstanding Universal Value of the property be respected and its authenticity and integrity maintained, through employing traditional approaches to conservation, restoration, repair and maintenance of building fabric;

7. Further requests the State Party to ensure proper archaeological studies and salvage excavation prior to undertaking infrastructure work and to present the archaeological remains discovered in an appropriate setting;

8. Urges the State Party to ensure coordination of all actions undertaken in the property and to develop a comprehensive management plan;

9. Requests furthermore the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2010, a progress report on the above recommendations and on the state of conservation of the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Syrian Arab Republic
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 7B.63