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Committee Decisions

35 COM 7B.18

Central Highlands of Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka) (N 1203)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 8B.9, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation of the property, as requested by the World Heritage Committee at the time of inscription of the property at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010);

4. Notes with regret that there appears to have been limited progress in the implementation of the recommendations adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session, despite the clear undertaking of the State Party to fulfil the requests of the World Heritage Committee at the time of inscription on the World Heritage List;

5. Reiterates its request that the State Party establishes, as a priority:

a) An overall management framework for the serial property, as required in the Operational Guidelines, as well as completed and effective management plans for each of the component parts of the property,

b) Effectively functioning buffer zones for each of the components of the property, in consultation with local stakeholders, to ensure the protection of the property from threats arising outside its boundaries,

c) A fully effective management and monitoring framework for tourism;

6. Requests the State Party to provide three printed and electronic copies of the draft revised management system and management plans mentioned above for review by the World Heritage Centre and IUCN;

7. Also 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, including a report on the current status of existing and new threats to the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Sri Lanka
Session: 35COM