Decision : 37 COM 7B.36
Royal Palaces of Abomey (Benin) (C 323 bis)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.  Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.40 , adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),

3.  Takes note of the information provided by the State Party concerning progress on the updating of the Management Plan and the development of a Disaster Risk Management Plan and a Reconstruction Policy;

4.  Reiterates its request to the State Party to prioritise the development of a Disaster Risk Management Plan and a Reconstruction Policy and to finalize the updating of the management plan, including the development of a new overall vision for the property beyond that of its function as a museum, and to include clearer administrative, human and financial resource frameworks;

5.  Urges the State Party to reinforce its efforts to ensure proper conservation and maintenance at the property, especially in regard to reducing the risk of fires and other hazards;

6.  Also urges the State Party to undertake a through inventory of all of the buildings within the property and to ensure proper documentation before and after undertaking future restoration works;

7.  Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2014 , an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above recommendations for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 7B.36