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Committee Decisions

36 COM 7B.94

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island) (C 1215)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.   Recalling Decision 30 COM 8B.50, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.   Expresses its utmost concern that full details of the resumption of mining at South Crofty were submitted to the World Heritage Centre after planning consent had been issued, contrary to the request of the World Heritage Committee at the time of inscription, and considers that these projects should be halted until an assessment has been made of their impacts;

4.   Takes note that mining within World Heritage properties violates the standards recognized by the World Heritage Committee and the International Council on Mining and Metals and recommends that the State Party considers proposing a significant modification of the boundaries of the property to assure the removal of areas that are proposed for the resumption of commercial mining from the property, prior to any resumption of mining;

5.   Requests the State Party to halt the development of Hayle Harbour in the light of its potential impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property to allow for smaller-scale heritage-led regeneration;

6.   Also requests the State Party to inform the World Heritage Centre in due time about any major development project planned within the property or in its vicinity, including about the planned waste management facility at the Gwennap Mining District, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines;

7.   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.