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Decision : 31 COM 7B.75
Complex of Hué Monuments (Vietnam) (C 678)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B.Add,

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.71, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Notes the progress made by the State Party in relation to the removal of illegal housing and the preparation of inventories of significant cultural heritage elements in the Hué area, and requests it to continue efforts to relocate people to safer areas ;

4.       Requests the State Party to give urgent consideration to the recommendations of the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission of October 2006 and their phased implementation, including the possible suspension of major infrastructure and building activities in the newly defined core and buffer zones (Zones I and II) until the necessary regulatory framework is approved ;

5.       Urges the State Party to prepare, in consultation with and with assistance from the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, a management plan that includes wider core and buffer zones covering the significant geomantic elements associated with the inscribed monuments, that provides a stronger level of protection for the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, and that foresees the eventual re-nomination of the property as a cultural landscape based on a revised statement of its Outstanding Universal Value. A draft management plan should be submitted to the World Heritage Centre by the end of 2009, for consideration by the Committee at its 34th session in 2010;

6.       Also requests the State Party to prepare, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, an action plan of necessary works to minimize the negative impact of noise pollution on the Minh Mang and Khai Dinh tombs;

7.       Encourages the State Party to make a request through the International Assistance Programme under the World Heritage Fund for a training workshop on the development of conservation and management plans for staff of the Hué Monuments Conservation Centre;

8.       Further requests the State Party to submit a progress report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2009 for consideration by the Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.


 Original Decision Document
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Viet Nam
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.75