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Decision : 35 COM 7B.71
Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara (Japan) (C 870)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.76, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Notes that the State Party has not removed all of the temporary facilities associated with the Commemorative Event and plans to retain some of these until such time as permanent visitor facilities can be constructed, and urges it to proceed with the removal of all such structures, as previously requested by the World Heritage Committee;

4. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies, in line with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines:

a) plans for both temporary and permanent visitor facilities,

b) details of progress towards the establishment of the groundwater monitoring system and risk mitigation plans and plans for construction of the Yamato-Kita Road highway,

c) an overall conservation rationale for all planned reconstruction work at the corridor of the Nara Heijo-kyo Palace site, including detailed plans and the evidence on which they are based before any reconstruction work is approved;

5. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Japan
Year: 2011
Decision Code: 35 COM 7B.71