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Committee Decisions

35 COM 7B.73

Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca (Malaysia) (C 1223)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.78, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Welcomes the development of the detailed Conservation Management Plan over-arching the existing Management Plans for the two cities and the commitment of the State Party to strengthen the management arrangements for the property through the setting up of a World Heritage office and through reinforcing governmental and other administrative arrangements;

4. Notes the proposals included in the Conservation Management Plan for thirteen extensions to the buffer zones that will be examined by the World Heritage Committee under Item 8 of the Agenda (Document WHC-11/35.COM/8B);

5. Requests the State Party to re-consider the Conservation Guidelines relating to the presumption in favour of demolition of unprotected property which together with protected property makes up the outstanding urban ensembles of the two cities;

6. Urges the State Party to:

a) progress with the development of Special Areas plan that provides detailed planning constraints for both cities and their buffer zones,

b) confirm as reported to the 33rd session of the World Heritage Committee that no approval will be given for developments higher than 18 metres in the buffer zone until such time as the Special Area plans are adopted,

c) ensure that all major projects have adequate impact assessments in line with the ICOMOS Guidance on Heritage Impact Assessment for Cultural World Heritage properties', and,

d) set out a specific timetable for achieving the reinforced management system;

7. 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, on the development of Special Areas plans and on the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Malaysia
Session: 35COM