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Decision : 31 COM 7B.88
Kizhi Pogost (Russian Federation)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.72, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Notes the two reports submitted by the State Party responding well to many of the requests made by the Committee over the last several years, as well as the results of the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission to the Kizhi Pogost from 8 to 17 April 2007;

4.       Notes the significant progress made in the management of the Kizhi Museum Reserve and the preparation of the restoration works of the Church of Transfiguration and encourages the State Party to continue its efforts;

5.       Strongly requests the State Party to start immediately with the repair and restoration works of the Church of Transfiguration and to submit to the World Heritage Centre by September 2007:

a)      The multi-year (2007 to 2014) financial plan;

b)      The confirmation of fund systematically available for restoration works for the duration of the project;

c)      The confirmation of necessary administrative arrangements concerning the delegation of authorities for the restoration works;

d)      Information on the results of tender;

e)      Information on finalization of working project documents including completed and approved conservation/restoration project schedule and selected working drawings;

f)       The date of the beginning of the restoration works.

6.       Requests the State Party to take into account all recommendations of the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission;

7.       Also requests the State Party to provide a statement of outstanding universal value, and commit itself to use this statement as a basis for developing an Integrated Management Plan for the property to incorporate in the framework of World Heritage property status, the outstanding universal value and its protection in the decision making framework for the restoration project;

8.       Urges the State Party to revise and approve documents concerning protected areas of the Kizhi Museum Reserve including the boundaries of the World Heritage property of the Kizhi Pogost and its buffer zone;

9.       Also urges the State Party to prepare and implement an integrated management plan, including a tourism strategy, risk preparedness measures and clear boundary and buffer zone definitions, and to co-ordinate the activities of the many different stakeholders and agencies involved with the overall management of the World Heritage property;

10.     Recommends the World Heritage Centre, in coordination with ICOMOS and ICCROM, as well as the UNESCO Moscow Office, to establish a direct permanent contact with the Direction of the Kizhi Museum Reserve in order to develop capacity building programmes for local experts involving restoration and management activities in the Kizhi Museum Reserve; and continue a dialogue on the monitoring of the on-going development and progress of the project in order to ensure a smooth decision making and implementation process;

11.     Further requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with a progress report by 1 February 2008, on all issues mentioned above including the draft of the integrated management plan for Kizhi Pogost and maps indicating the boundaries of the World Heritage property and its buffer zone for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008. 

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Russian Federation
Properties: Kizhi Pogost
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.88