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Committee Decisions

34 COM 7B.43

Royal Palaces of Abomey (Benin) (C 323bis)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.45, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Notes with satisfaction the accomplishment of several rehabilitation projects and the successful cooperation with international partners;

4. Also notes the application of the principles set out in the management and conservation plan in terms of optimizing and taking advantage of the socio-economic potential of the property and capitalizing on its tangible and intangible cultural values;

5. Reiterates its encouragement to the State Party to pursue its funding strategy for conservation activities and presentation through income generated at the property and to seek additional funding to complete the pending restoration works e.g. of the walls as set out in the current conservation and management plan;

6. Encourages the State Party to consider the development of a cultural tourism strategy as an adjunct to the 2007-2011 management and conservation plan;

7. Also reiterates its request to the State Party to submit as a matter of urgency and before 1 December 2010, a reconstruction policy document for the palaces, that takes into consideration the objectives of the 2007-2011 management and conservation plan;

8. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a report on the state of conservation of the property for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Benin
Session: 34COM