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Decision : 36 COM 7B.53
Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab) (Lebanon) (C 850)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.52, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.   Notes with concern the persistence of problems of management on the property reflected in the State Party’s report;

4.   Also notes the report of the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to the property and endorses its recommendations;

5.   Urges the State Party to take all appropriate measures to maintain the attributes of the Outstanding Universal Value at the property, as recommended in the mission report, and in particular to:

a)  Revise the management mechanism for the property and establish a permanent management structure,

b)  Update the 1998 management plan on the basis of the 2007 principles, including a conservation plan and a sustainable visitor management plan,

c)  Abandon the project of enlarging the road, creating cablecars or building model villages in the property,

d)  Undertake socio-economic studies aimed at improving the living conditions of the communities in and around the property;

6.   Encourages the State Party to submit a Request for International Assistance for the development of the Action Plan mentioned in its report;

7.   Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014, 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 38th session in 2014.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, International Assistance
States Parties: Lebanon
Year: 2012
Decision Code: 36 COM 7B.53