Decision : 36 COM 7A.31
Historical Monuments of Mtskheta (Georgia) (C 708)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.      Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A.Add,

2.      Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.30 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.      Acknowledges the detailed information provided by the State Party on the progress made to implement the corrective measures and urges the State Party to continue its work on all the corrective measures adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010);

4.      Also urges the State Party to define the buffer zone of the property to allow a clear understanding of the archaeological and visually sensitive areas around the property and to submit this proposal as a minor boundary modification of the property;

5.      Expresses its great concern regarding developments being undertaken by the State Party in the vicinity of the property within the area of the river Mtkvari bank, between the Svctitskhoveli Cathedral and Jvari church, and further urges the State Party to halt developments within the property and its setting until details of proposed developments, together with Heritage Impact Assessments, have been submitted to the World Heritage Centre, in conformity with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, for review and comments by the Advisory Bodies before any irreversible decisions have been made;

6.      Notes that the State Party intends to complete a Management Plan for the property by the end of 2012, requests the State Party to ensure that this Plan recognises that the property is an ensemble of religious monuments within a very sensitive historical environment, and also requests it to submit the draft of this plan to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies;

7.      Invites the State Party to consider the development of a national law for all World Heritage properties in Georgia;

8.      Further requests the State Party, in coordination with the World Heritage Centre and Advisory Bodies, to develop a “5C strategic World Heritage country programme” proposal, based on the State Programme for the protection of Georgian cultural heritage, to serve as a consolidated basis for cooperation within the State Party to enhance the implementation of its commitments within the framework of the World Heritage Convention;

9.      Requests furthermore the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, 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 37th session in 2013;

10.   Decides to retain the Historical Monuments of Mtskheta (Georgia) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, Reports, List of World Heritage in Danger, Reinforced Monitoring
States Parties: Georgia
Year: 2012
Decision Code: 36 COM 7A.31