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Decision : 33 COM 7B.136
City of Quito (Ecuador) (C 2)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.121, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Concerning the intervention in the tower, requests the State Party to:

a) Cease the reconstruction project of the tower of the Jesuit Church in light of the potential impact that the proposed reconstruction could entail,

b) Carry out a holistic and multi-sector assessment of the architectural ensemble and establish an assessment of the attributes that contribute to Outstanding Universal Value as a basis for decision-making in the future,

c) Identify and submit to the World Heritage Centre a proposal to restore the use of the tower as a bell tower for consideration by the Committee prior to taking action,

d) Submit a report concerning the touristic operation foreseen by the Compañía de Jesús to ensure that international standards security measures are in place,

e) In accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, to submit information regarding new interventions foreseen in the Jesuitic complex;

4. Also requests the State Party, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, to develop a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value;

5. Further encourages the State Party to define the limits of the inscribed property and buffer zone and further requests that the appropriate cartography and legal framework for protection, be submitted for approval by the World Heritage Centre;

6. Notes the results of the 2009 joint World Heritage Centre/ ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission, endorses its recommendations and requests furthermore the State Party to implement them, particularly with respect to:

a) The need for a clear definition of the national and local responsibilities for the World Heritage City of Quito,

b) The creation of a coordination policy between local and national institutions to ensure that the decision-making process mechanism guarantees the effective implementation of the World Heritage Convention,

c) The establishment of precise regulations and principles for interventions at historic buildings at the property,

d) To inform the World Heritage Committee on the measures taken to improve the technical consultation process when approving interventions affecting World Heritage;

7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2010, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property and on the progress made in the implementation of the above recommendations, for the examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Ecuador
Properties: City of Quito
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 7B.136