Decision : 30 COM 7A.21
Historic Town of Zabid (Yemen) (C 611)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-06/30.COM/7A,

2. Recalling Decision 29 COM 7A.19, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005),

3. Commends the State Party for the numerous efforts made to improve the state of conservation of the property, including efforts to reduce the numbers of violations of historic fabric occurring, to remove past violations and to support the production of traditional materials;

4. Notes with great concern that the main recommendations made by the World Heritage Committee at its 29th session, notably the completion of an urban conservation plan, and a socio-economic revitalization action plan, have not been implemented;

5. Regrets that the Committee's recommendation to integrate the urban regulations drafted for the historic core within the Urban Development Plan has not yet been addressed by the State Party;

6. Urges the State Party to:

a) Continue its efforts to monitor and prevent future violations, and to remove existing violations in the open spaces,

b) Complete the urban conservation plan to be integrated in the Urban Development Plan together with the urban regulations, and

c) Prepare the socio-economic revitalization action plan;

7. Recommends that the State Party invite a joint World Heritage Centre-ICOMOS mission to assess the state of conservation of the property and to agree on appropriate benchmarks;

8. Requests the State Party to submit, by 1 February 2007, a report on the progress made on the implementation of the above recommendations, for examination by the Committee at its 31st session in 2007;

9. Decides to retain the Historic Town of Zabid (Yemen) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
Focal Point: ARB
States Parties: Yemen
Year: 2006
Decision Code: 30 COM 7A.21