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Decision : 37 COM 7B.50
Petra (Jordan) (C 326)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.49 , adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.  Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party on the implementation of conservation and management measures to address existing conditions at the property;

4.  Urges the State Party to sustain on-going efforts, with particular attention to the following:

a)  Finalize the delineation of the buffer zone and develop adequate regulatory measures to ensure its protection, and submit a minor boundary modification proposal by 1 February 2014 for review by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014,

b)  Finalize the Petra Conservation Plan and develop a comprehensive Management Plan for the property, building on previous documents and ensuring synergies with existing planning initiatives; ensure official endorsement of existing plans (e.g. Operational Priorities Plan 2010-2015 or the Strategic Master Plan 2011-2030) by the governing bodies; submit all completed plans related to the conservation and management of the property for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, and undertake the necessary adoption process to ensure their effective enforcement,

c)  Finalize the development of the Disaster Risk Reduction Plan and secure the necessary resources for its implementation, prioritising the stabilization of the Siq,

d)  Finalize the development of a visitor management strategy, including regulations for public use, in consideration of the carrying capacity of the property,

e)  Identify priority capacity building needs and implement the necessary measures to address them,

f)   Ensure that Heritage Impact Assessments, in relation to the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, are carried out for development works foreseen, and submit, in accordance to Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines , project proposals and their technical specifications to the World Heritage Centre for review prior to committing to their implementation;

5.  Requests the State Party to 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, Operational Guidelines, Outstanding Universal Value
States Parties: Jordan
Properties: Petra
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 7B.50