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Committee Decisions

36 COM 7B.58

Ancient Villages of Northern Syria (Syrian Arab Republic) (C 1348)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 8B.23, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.   Expresses its utmost concern for the country's current situation, the loss of life and potential risks to the property;

4.   Notes the report sent by the State Party and the circumstances that hinder the implementation of responses to recommendations of the World Heritage Committee;

5.   Maintains most of its previous recommendations and requests the State Party to:

a)  Continue and extend the policy of protection and conservation of the cultural landscapes, notably through the revision of the Antiquities Law,

b)  Increase the number of guards for the parks with the least number or those most exposed to illegal activity,

c)  Confirm that Park No.1 (Saint Simeon Sanctuary) is not affected by a project for high voltage power lines,

d)  Confirm that the visual integrity of Park No. 5 (Jebel Zawiye) is not compromised by large quarry and/or industrial projects,

e)  Promptly complete the land surveys for each of the parks, under the General Directorate for Antiquities and Museums (DGAM)’s supervision,

f)   Maintain throughout the management transition period, DGAM’s prerogatives for the supervision of the preservation and conservation of the property,

g)  Provide the “Maison du patrimoine” and park management centres with the human and material resources commensurate with their new missions for the protection, conservation, and economic and tourism development of the property as stipulated in the Management Plan,

h)  Finalize the Management Plan and the Action Plan with a schedule of actions considered suitable for the property’s conservation and its expression of Outstanding Universal Value, together with their implementation timeframes,

i)    Detail the monitoring indicators for the property’s conservation as a function of the particularities of each site and as a function of more extensive landscape data;

6.   Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, a report on the state of conservation of the property for examination by the WorldHeritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013. 

Themes: Conservation, Reinforced Monitoring
States Parties: Syrian Arab Republic
Session: 36COM