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Decision : 35 COM 7B.94
Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape (Hungary) (C 1063)

The World Heritage Committee

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

2. Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.106, adopted at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009),

3. Notes that currently, the work on the construction of a large straw-burning power plant in the buffer zone on the outskirts of the Szerencs has been halted;

4. Urges the State Party to use all the means at its disposal to ensure that work does not resume, in the light of the adverse impact on the Outstanding Universal Value identified by the advisory mission and to keep the World Heritage Committee informed;

5. Welcomes the on-going work to prepare a World Heritage Bill that will provide enhanced protection and management systems for all World Heritage properties in Hungary and also notes that many of the recommendations of the advisory mission will be addressed as a result;

6. Further notes that the maps of the property adopted at the time of inscription do not show exclusion areas for mining and quarrying sites within the property, and therefore considers that all proposed and existing mining and quarrying sites lie within the boundaries of Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape's property;

7. Recalls the World Heritage Committee's clear position that mineral exploration and exploitation is not compatible with World Heritage status, in line with the international policy statement of the International Council of Minerals and Metals (ICMM) of not undertaking these activities in World Heritage properties;

8. Expresses serious concern about the potential development of an andesite mine near the settlement of Szegi within the property, and also urges the State Party of Hungary not to grant a license for this proposed mine;

9. Requests the State Party to undertake a review of the impact of the different traditional and commercial quarries within the property on its Outstanding Universal Value and to submit it to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, for consideration by the Advisory Bodies;

10. Notes furthermore that there is a need for a reflection on the precise delineation of the buffer zone in the light of the development of a retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value;

11. Takes note that there are several proposals for new or improved roads that might impact on the property or its buffer zone, and also requests the State Party to keep the World Heritage Committee informed, in line with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines;

12. Further 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, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Hungary
Year: 2011
Decision Code: 35 COM 7B.94