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Decision : 31 COM 7B.82
Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodhgaya (India)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.64, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006);

3.       Notes with satisfaction that the State Party has adopted the site management plan and the “Heritage led perspective development plan for Bodhgaya, Vision 2005-2031" and its continuing efforts to develop management mechanisms which fully and effectively integrate all stakeholders in protecting the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage property;

4.       Encourages the State Party to inform the World Heritage Committee concerning the following aspects of the implementation of the site management plan:

a)      confirmation of the adoption of the Vision 2005-2031 development plan by the Gaya Region, in integrating relevant provisions of the site management plan;

b)      commitment of the authorities to continue to enforce the ban on construction at the property;

5.       Strongly urges the State Party to re-submit the property for inscription as a cultural landscape at the very earliest opportunity before the character of this important landscape, directly associated with both the life and wanderings of Buddha and the  Mahabodhi Temple, is irretrievably lost;

6.       Suggests that the State Party use the occasion of the resubmitted nomination to ensure national protection of the entire extended property;

7.       Requests the State Party to submit a report to the World Heritage Centre on 1 February 2009 on its progress in responding to the requests made above, for examination by the Committee at its 33nd session in 2009. 

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: India
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.82