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Committee Decisions

35 COM 7B.49

Petra (Jordan) (C 326)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.56, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party on the implementation of its recommendations and urges it to finalise the process to establish functioning management arrangements with adequate resources for operation;

4. Expresses its deep concern about the state of conservation of the property and the continued need for implementation of holistic strategies to address pressing conservation, maintenance and protection issues;

5. Notes the results of the December 2010 joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission, endorses its recommendations and requests the State Party to:

a) logistically support and collaborate with UNESCO Amman in the continuation of their comprehensive risk management plan for the property, based on updated surveys to identify emergency measures and action plans for monitoring and interventions to mitigate potential threats,

b) develop and implement an integrated conservation plan, based on recommendations of existing management and operational plans, updated condition recording surveys, and identify required conservation, maintenance and protection measures to ensure the conservation of heritage assets and define conservation guidelines and principles to guide future interventions at the property,

c) minimize archaeological excavations until current conservation and maintenance needs are fully addressed and develop regulations for archaeological research at the property,

d) conduct necessary assessments to formally identify and adopt a buffer zone for the site that ensures conformity with the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

6. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, a report on the state of conservation of the property and on the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Jordan
Properties: Petra
Session: 35COM