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Decision : 35 COM 7B.77
Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro (Pakistan) (C 138)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.81, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Notes that a comprehensive Master Plan has been prepared and is pending approval by the Pakistan Federal Government and that work is in progress to identify the actual extent of the archaeological area of Moenjodaro;

4. Also notes with appreciation the efforts made by the Director-General of UNESCO to address the emergency situation of August 2010 flooding at Moenjodaro through a post-flood assessment mission to the property in October 2010;

5. Requests the State Party to:

a) update the risk management plan,

b) submit a topographic map of the archaeological area including a possible extension of the property, once the dry core drilling to determine the extent of archaeological remains has been completed,

c) develop an archaeological research strategy, including non-invasive methods of investigation, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, and refrain from undertaking any major archaeological interventions until this strategy is in place,

d) provide a full report on the measures put in place to protect areas of archaeological interest both within the property boundaries and in any area subject to potential extension of the property from encroachments and land uses,

e) further develop a site presentation and interpretation programme as suggested by the 2006 World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission;

6. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a detailed report on the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the October 2010 World Heritage Centre post-flood assessment mission, as well as on the implementation of the above.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Pakistan
Year: 2011
Decision Code: 35 COM 7B.77