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Committee Decisions

29 COM 7B.32

Mount Athos (Greece)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.37, adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, China 2004),

3. Thanks the State Party of Greece for the report provided, concerning the immediate efforts to mitigate the fire which took place on 4 March 2004 at the Hilandry Monastery within Mount Athos;

4. Congratulates the State Party for the rapid and carefully planned response to the fire damage;

5. Requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre complementary detailed information on consolidation, cleaning operations and restoration of the Hilandary Monastery;

6. Urges the European Union to ensure that the equipment and restoration projects, to which it contributes financially, do not affect the values of the property;

7. Also requests the State Party to undertake a risk preparedness study, including seismic preparedness, of all 20 monasteries on the Holy Mount, in order to systematically reduce the likelihood of fire elsewhere, and possibility of other threats, and to explore the development of an overall management strategy for the World Heritage property, which would address both natural and cultural values, and provide for a common framework for action among the 20 monasteries on the property;

8. Further requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS / IUCN mission, to assess the state of conservation of the property.

Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: EUR/NA
States Parties: Greece
Properties: Mount Athos
Session: 29COM