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Committee Decisions

36 COM 7B.99

National History Park – Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers (Haiti) (C 180)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.125 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.   Takes note of the information provided by the State Party concerning the steps taken to implement the World Heritage Committee Decisions, and recognizes the efforts deployed by the Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National (ISPAN )to ensure the safeguarding of the property;

4.   Thanks the Government of Spain and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation for the generous contribution that enabled the further implementation of the World Heritage Committee Decisions;

5.   Takes note of the World Heritage Centre mission report (9-15 January 2012) and the multidisciplinary technical mission (6-22 March 2012), and endorses the recommendations developed to ensure the maintenance of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, in particular the urgent interventions regarding (i) structural stability, (ii) visitor security, and (iii) the solution to the water infiltration problems, so that they will be integrated in the conservation plan without delay;

6.   Reiterates its request to the State Party, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, to submit to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies for examination prior to any intervention, the final project for the construction of the third section of the National Road RN003, as well as environmental, heritage and socio-economic impact assessment studies on the site;

7.   Also reiterates its request to the State Party to submit the technical project for the improvement of the existing road within the Park boundaries, including the route, the engineering work for the canalization of the river, the type of asphalt to be used and the width of the route;

8.   Requests the State Party to continue its efforts to complete the cadastral survey as well as the delineation of the Park boundaries and its buffer zone, and the legal framework for their protection, in the context of the retrospective inventory process undertaken in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region, and to await the results of the study before proceeding with the physical demarcation of the property, in order to facilitate the establishment of a participatory strategy for the conservation and management of the Park;

9.   Also requests the State Party to await the completion of the conservation plan before pursuing tourism development projects, so that the conservation measures of the plan may be taken into account in the implementation of these projects and to actively involve the local communities in the conservation and management process;

10.  Further takes note of the recent results obtained from the surveys concerning the structural stabilization of the Citadel, and urges the State Party to take all measures to start the emergency actions in collaboration with technical and financial institutions to ensure the integrity of the fortified structures;

11.  Further requests the State Party to halt all touristic visits to the Citadel without delay until urgent security measures can be implemented to ensure secure conditions for visits;

12.  Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre before 30 November 2012, a timetable of interventions, indicating the technical needs, as well as a detailed budget;

13.  Calls upon the international community to ensure by every possible means, its support in the implementation of the recommendations to rapidly approve financial and human resources in order to assist the State Party to ensure the conservation of the entire property;

14.  Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2013, 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 37th session in 2013.

Themes: Budget, Conservation, Capacity Building
States Parties: Haiti
Session: 36COM