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Decision : 37 COM 7B.52
Tyre (Lebanon) (C 299)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.  Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.52 , adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),

3.  Acknowledges the comprehensive information provided by the State Party on the implementation of actions to address pressing conservation and management concerns and urges it to continue with the systematic implementation of the 2012-2014 Action Plan;

4.  Takes note of the September 2012 joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission and also urges that the State Party implement its recommendations, with particular attention to the following:

a)  Undertake a planning process for the development of a management plan for the property and include provisions for a conservation strategy, risk preparedness, presentation and interpretation as well as for regulatory measures,

b)  Ensure that the management structure becomes fully operational by securing adequate resources for all aspects of documentation, conservation and monitoring,

c)  Establish a maritime protection zone around the seashores of Tyre,

d)  Improve on-going maintenance practices for vegetation control and put in place measures for fire prevention and adequate drainage and sewage systems,

e)  Establish a recovery programme for detached mosaics and ensure their protection until a decision is made on their conservation and restoration,

f)   Monitor conservation interventions to assess their efficacy and use the monitor results to inform the development of the conservation strategy,

g)  Further develop and implement the framework for coordination of the Baalbek and Tyre Archaeological Project (BTAP) and enhance cooperation between the General Directorate of Antiquities (DGA), the “Cultural Heritage and Urban Development” (CHUD), the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to effectively monitor the design and implementation of the project;

5.  Requests the State Party to carry out a comprehensive traffic study that clarifies all projected street networks and roundabouts, including Heritage Impact Assessments for the South Highway and its crossing at Tel el Maachouk, and to submit this study to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies;

6.  Also 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
States Parties: Lebanon
Properties: Tyre
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 7B.52