Decision : 29 COM 7B.90
Maya Site of Copan (Honduras)
The World Heritage Committee,1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev and the Draft Decision 29 COM 7B.90.Rev,29 COM 7B.90.Rev,
2. Recalling its Decision 27 COM 7B.93, adopted at its 27th Session (UNESCO, 2003),
3. Takes note of the decision of the State Party of Honduras to cease operations at the airstrip of La Estanzuela and to create a reserved air space over the archaeological Park of Copan;
4. Encourages the State Party to reconsider the plans for the Rio Amarillo airport facility construction in view of the archaeological importance of the Copan Valley, with a view to its possible consideration as an extension to the current World Heritage property, and to consider relocation of this airport to La Entrada (70 km away from the property);
5. Requests the State Party, in case it decides to build the airport facility in Rio Amarillo, to conduct previously an environmental impact study examining the impact on the archaeological remains, as well as a comprehensive Public Use Plan for the World Heritage property to mitigate any negative effects that could occur at the World Heritage property of Copan as a result of the foreseen tourist development and to submit this Plan to the World Heritage Centre for consultation;6. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2006 a progress report, for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).