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Decision : 36 COM 7B.37
Pyrénées – Mont Perdu (France/Spain) (C/N 773 bis)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B,

2.   Recalling Decision 33 COM 7B.40 and 34 COM 7B.39 adopted at its 33rd (Seville, 2009) and 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions respectively,

3.   Welcomes with interest the elements of information concerning the joint governance of the property, whilst encouraging the State Parties to finalize the participation of representatives of the two national parks in the jurisdictions of these institutions;

4.   Regrets that no concrete progress has been accomplished concerning the relocation of the Gavarnie Festival and, given its location in the most scenic place of the property explicitly inscribed for the aesthetic values of its natural landscape, strongly reiterates its request for the relocation of the Festival due to its incompatibility with the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

5.   Strongly urges the State Party of France to prepare a study on potential relocation sites for the Festival, integrating the advantages and inconveniences of these sites, property rights and usage, as well as the costs of the operation;

6.   Also regrets that the study on the closure of the Troumouse Road that should have been completed in 2010, is still not finalized, and also strongly urges the State Party of France to submit this study to the World Heritage Centre by 31 December 2012;

7.   Further regrets that the 2012-2014 Action Plans do not place sufficient emphasis on agro-pastoralism activities and the restoration of pastoral built heritage, and encourages the State Parties to improve support to these activities in the next action plan;

8.   Requests the State Parties to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014, an updated joint report on the state of conservation of the property, notably on the issues relating to the relocation of the Festival and the closure of the Troumouse Road, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: France Spain
Year: 2012
Decision Code: 36 COM 7B.37