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Committee Decisions

35 COM 7B.130

Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panama (Panama) (C 790bis)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.113, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Notes the efforts made by the State Party to improve the state of conservation of the property, in particular in aspects referring to the management system and the suspension of the implementation of the Cinta Costera project within the property;

4. Also notes the commitment of the State Party to submit for evaluation of the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, all projects, studies and proposals related to alternatives for future works of the Cinta Costera, including technical specifications for the project, as well as heritage impact assessments for review prior to approval;

5. Further notes the results of the October 2010 joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission, endorses its recommendations and requests the State Party to:

a) Complete a comprehensive and legally supported policy for the property,

b) Complete and approve the establishment of the Historic District as a special district, and delimit and define the boundaries of the property for submission to the World Heritage Centre, and define its buffer zones including its regulatory framework for approval by the World Heritage Committee,

c) Make operational a single responsible management authority for the property to ensure the coordination of activities at both components of the property and the enforcement of regulatory measures,

d) Complete the review of the Emergency Plan submitted in 2009, identify priority measures for implementation and a practical plan for implementation, including required resources,

e) Discontinue the construction of the Cinta Costera Project Phase 3 which would potentially have an impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, and submit to the World Heritage Centre and Advisory Bodies, in line with paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, alternatives including technical specifications for the project, as well as heritage impact assessments for review prior to approval;

6. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, 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 36th session in 2012.

Documents
PDF Original Decision Document
Context of Decision
PDF WHC-11/35.COM/7B
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Panama
Session: 35COM