Decision : 34 COM 7B.70
Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya (India) (C1056 rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.82, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Notes with satisfaction that the State Party has confirmed that all development activities coming within the approved "Vision 2005-2031 Development Plan" are being guided by the provisions of the Site Management Plan for the property and encourages the State Party to continue the implementation of the Site Management Plan and the Development Plan 2005-2031;

4. Reiterates its request to the State Party to consider re-nominating the property as a cultural landscape, as already suggested at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007), to enhance the Outstanding Universal Value and protect the character of the important landscape directly associated with both the life and wanderings of Buddha and the inscribed Mahabodhi Temple site;

5. Requests the State Party to explore the possibility of improving the legal protection of the property by declaring the property a national monument;

6. Also requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM reactive monitoring mission to the property in 2011 with the aim of discussing with the State Party and the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) the progress made at the site to date, as well as to clarify the feasibility and possible modalities of implementation of the above recommendations;

7. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre on 1 February 2012 an updated report on the state of conservation and progress made in responding to the requests made above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: India
Year: 2010
Decision Code: 34 COM 7B.70