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Committee Decisions

29 COM 7B.70

Historic Areas of Istanbul (Turkey)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.80 adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Noting with appreciation the conservation efforts made by the national authorities and the Greater Istanbul municipality and the district municipalities, as presented in the report submitted by the State Party of Turkey, notably in approving the conservation plan for the Historic Peninsula, initiation of the seismic master plan and the financial allocation for heritage conservation of Istanbul, as well as the progress in the EU-financed Fener-Balat Rehabilitation project and the "Save Our Roofs" campaign for the preservation of civil architecture through a housing improvement policy ;

4. Also noting the collaboration between the Ministry of Culture, the General Directorate of Pious Foundations, the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul, and the Governor of Istanbul in addressing conservation problems and project development, including the "Istanbul: Museum City" project,

5. Requests the State Party:

a) to ensure the urgent completion of regulations, in order to enable the renforcement of the Urban Conservation and Development Plan and to unblock central Government funds for use by the district municipalities;and

b) to exert greater care in the conservation techniques applied in the consolidation of the Theodosian Walls, in order not to undermine any further the authenticity of the property;

6. Further requests the State Party to submit, by 1 February 2006, a detailed report on the progress achieved in the implementation of the above-mentioned recommendations and benchmarks for addressing the issues raised in Decision 28 COM 15B.80 specifically with regard to including the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).

Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: EUR/NA
States Parties: Turkey
Session: 29COM