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Committee Decisions

34 COM 7B.82

Historic Centre of Prague (Czech Republic) (C 616)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.96, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Notes the outcome of the World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to the Historic Centre of Prague of January 2010;

4. Urges the State Party to implement the recommendations of the mission, particularly in relation to:

a) The Blanka Tunnel: ensure the downgrading of the 'Eastern Highway, halt the proposed tunnel behind the national museum and remove the sections of the Eastern Highway from the Eastern edge of the property,

b) The completion of the high-rise limitations plan, and

c) Clarification of the rules presently in force to manage processes such as infill, reconstruction, rehabilitation and conservation;

5. Requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Centre informed about emerging major development proposals especially development at Visegrad station and Zitkov stations in accordance with the Operational Guidelines;

6. Regrets that the restoration of Charles Bridge was carried out without adequate conservation advice on materials and techniques and also requests the State Party to ensure that any future works are based on detailed assessment and documentation using skilled craftspeople and conservators;

7. Further requests the State Party to ensure that Pruhonice Park is protected and managed as an integral part of the World Heritage property;

8. Reminds the State Party of the buffer zone adopted at the time of the inscription and that any changes to this buffer zone have to be submitted to the World Heritage Centre in conformity with the Operational Guidelines;

9. Requests furthermore the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2011, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the requests above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Czech Republic
Session: 34COM