Decision : 30 COM 7B.69
State of Conservation (Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Notes with concern the threats to the site caused by lack of an appropriate management system, continued deterioration of original wall structures, as well as inappropriate conservation measures which threaten the authenticity of the site;

3. Further notes, with regret, that despite the considerable efforts and the important international campaign funds provided to the site in the last 26 years, this World Heritage property is still lacking an appropriate management structure, conservation plan and conservation capacities;

4. Strongly encourages the national authorities to take all necessary measures to strengthen the administrative, management and technical structures for the property;

5. Requests the State Party to:

a) Establish an appropriate management structure and long-term conservation plan for the site;

b) Identify training needs so as to address the shortcomings of national experts;

c) Ensure the conservation programme at the site is undertaken according to international conservation standards;

d) Prepare and submit to the World Heritage Centre a revised Action Plan for the property;

e) Urgently review the boundaries and buffer zone of the property in close collaboration with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies; and

6. Also requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission to the property to examine the current state of conservation and define, in close consultation with the responsible authorities, solutions and concrete actions to address the above concerns, including a clear timetable for implementation, and report to the Committee on the outcome of the mission at its 31st session in 2007;

7. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2007, a detailed report on the progress made in the implementation of the above recommendations for examination by the Committee at its 31st session in 2007.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: APA
States Parties: Pakistan
Year: 2006
Decision Code: 30 COM 7B.69