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Decision : 36 COM 7B.39
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (Peru) (C/N 274)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add,

2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.38, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.   Acknowledges the information provided on the implementation of actions at the property, and regrets that no substantial progress has been made in addressing threats to the property that have been underscored for more than ten years;

4.   Considers that threats to the property derived from increased public use, continued difficulties with access routes, deficiencies in decision-making and governance mechanisms, uncontrolled development at the Machu Picchu Village, among others, have not been comprehensively addressed;

5.   Notes the ongoing discussions between the State Party, the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies regarding the organization of an advisory mission and the development of terms of reference for the International Support Panel, and also considers that the successful establishment of the Panel would be a crucial step towards the urgent implementation of the Emergency Action Plan; 

6.   Reiterates its requests to the State Party to complete work to address unresolved issues with special attention to the:

a)  Definition of provisions to strategically address public use and urban planning within the framework of the updating of the Management Plan by the end of 2012, and to include a Limits of Acceptable Change Study and a related carrying capacity study for Aguas Calientes village, 

b)  Definition of a comprehensive strategy for the Western access to the property,

c)  Full development of risk reduction and disaster recovery plans, including a clear and precise course of action,

d)  Harmonization of legislative frameworks and enforcement of regulatory measures,

e)  Finalization of the inventory of land ownership of the property and in its immediate setting and definition of regulatory measures in accordance to established land use zones,

f)   Strengthening of decision-making processes and governance at the property, and approving the regulations of the Management Unit still pending, so as to establish a real collegiate authority for the Sanctuary,

g)  Establishment of a clear and unambiguous carrying capacity for the Sanctuary and consistent guidelines for a Public Use Plan that should be officially approved by the Management Unit of the Sanctuary; 

7.   Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, a report on the state of conservation of the property, including a comprehensive report on the actions taken according to the recommendations of the technical mission report of the International Support Panel, and the progress made in the implementation of the Emergency Action Plan, as well as on the steps taken to implement the above-mentioned recommendations, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Peru
Year: 2012
Decision Code: 36 COM 7B.39