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Decision : 37 COM 7B.65
Kathmandu Valley (Nepal) (C 121)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.  Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.66 , adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),

3.  Welcomes the State Party’s progress in finding an alternative route for the new Tilganga-Tamranganga tunnel and road;

4.  Encourages the State Party to submit details of alternative routes for the road to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies, at the earliest opportunity, preferably at the concept stage and before irreversible commitments are made;

5.  Notes the adoption of ecological measures to manage environmental damage in the Mrigasthali deer park and on the route of the abandoned road through the Pashupati Monument Zone;

6.  Also welcomes the progress with review and update of the 2007 Integrated Management Plan (IMP); the Disaster Risk Management Plan; and the formulation of regulations to ensure that Heritage Impact Assessments (HIAs) are produced for all significant developments within the property;

7.  Also notes the considerable conservation efforts evident in the list of recent projects undertaken, the awareness of and adherence to good conservation principles and the monitoring by the Department of Archaeology; 

8.  Regrets that the HIA of the new electric crematorium concurrently under construction in the Pashupati Monument Zone, was not undertaken on time to improve its design and position, especially with regard to the 30m high chimney which will have an adverse visual impact on the property;

9.  Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, a scheme of mitigation of the impact of the crematorium chimney, including its position, colour and fabric, potential for screening and assurances that its construction method would allow removal;

10.  Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies:

a)  Information concerning verification of the closure of the abandoned road,

b)  Information on progress on the review of the IMP and the development of a Disaster Risk Management Plan,

c)  HIAs of all significant development proposals in the property, including visitor and parking provisions mentioned in the Pashupati Master Plan, the extension to the airport and the route of the new road, and of any major conservation or reconstruction project, in particular the Bhaidegah temple, before approval for the schemes is granted, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines ;

11.  Further 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, Reports
States Parties: Nepal
Properties: Kathmandu Valley
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 7B.65