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Decision : 37 COM 7B.99
Maya Site of Copan (Honduras) (C 129)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7B,

2.  Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.100 , adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),

3.  Takes note of the information provided concerning the actions being implemented for the conservation of the property, and the decision made by the State Party to proceed with the construction of the aerodrome at Rio Amarillo and requests the State Party to ensure that the construction of the runway be limited to 1200 meters in order to avoid any possible impacts on the Archaeological site of Piedras Negras;

4.  Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for review the complete cartographic information for the buffer zone of the property in the framework of the Retrospective Inventory;

5.  Reiterates its request to the State Party to update the Environmental Impact Assessment and carry out a Heritage Impact Assessment in conformity with ICOMOS guidance on Heritage Impact Assessments for Cultural World Heritage Properties;

6.  Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies by 1 May 2014 three printed copies in addition to an electronic copy of the updated Management Plan for the property, which should include:

a)  Zoning and regulatory measures for the different use zones, and measures taken for a coherent territorial planning, accompanied by adequate cartographic material,

b)  Public use provisions based on the results from the carrying capacity study, including detailed information on appropriate measures to ensure that no impacts occur as a result of the increased touristic visitation,

c)  Guidelines for conservation and restoration interventions, in particular concerning tunnels, as well as an action plan that includes a monitoring system for their conservation and maintenance,

d)  Final prototype of the protective shelter for the Hieroglyphic Stairs for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;

7.  Requests furthermore that the State Party submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2015 , 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 39th session in 2015. 

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Honduras
Properties: Maya Site of Copan
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 7B.99