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Decision : 33 COM 7B.64
The Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur (Bangladesh) (C 322)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.64, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Takes note of the information provided by the State Party on the steps taken in the past year and the readiness for cooperation of its authorities;

4. Regrets that issues of drainage, management and conservation of the property have not been adequately addressed by the State Party despite International Assistance;

5. Urges the State Party, as a matter of priority, to address the recommendations made by the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission carried out in February-March 2009, in particular to:

a) Draft in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies a Statement of Outstanding Universal Value of the property,

b) Elaborate in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies a comprehensive management plan which includes conservation policies and provisions for a buffer zone,

c) Refrain from carrying out any major conservation works until the management plan has been developed and adopted and to ensure in the meantime that all necessary maintenance works are carried out in line with the recommendations made by the 2009 reactive monitoring mission,

d) Ensure that the necessary professional staff are recruited to fill the vacant posts in the Department of Archaeology, including additional guards at the property,

e) Remove the incompatible light fittings installed within the courtyard of the monastery once additional guards have been deployed at the property,

f) Build the capacity of the staff of the Department of Archaeology in heritage management and conservation, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;

6. Invites the State Party to request International Assistance to implement the recommendations contained in paragraph 5 above;

7. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a detailed report on the progress achieved in the implementation of the recommendations, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Bangladesh
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 7B.64