Decision : 32 COM 7B.106
Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow (Russian Federation) (C 545)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.103, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Requests the State Party, in line with the recommendation of the Reactive Monitoring mission, to halt any new construction within the property or in the surrounding area the property which could visually affect it prior to:

a) delineation and approval of a buffer zone;

b) approval of adequate and effective protective juridical regulations within the buffer zone;

c) establishment of an effective control mechanism and institutional framework between all stakeholders involved in the management and protection of the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow, including the establishing a Special Coordination Board aiming at enhancing the protection of the property and its buffer zone;

d) preparation of the visual impact study for existing construction projects;

4. Also requests that the State Party implement the recommendations of the Reactive Monitoring mission, and in particular:

a) submit to the World Heritage Centre, in conformity with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, details concerning all ongoing projects, including visual impact studies for the projects of the "Middle Trading Rows" complex and the "Zaryadye" complex (former Hotel "Russiya"), as well as other planned urban development projects within or nearby the World Heritage property,

b) conduct, prior to the construction works within the "Middle Trading Rows" complex, necessary soil investigations under the Red Square, St. Basil Cathedral, Kremlin Walls and the "Middle Trading Rows", including the underground water levels, in order to minimise any impact of future construction inside of "Middle Trading Rows" to components of the World Heritage property,

5. Further requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with three copies of the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow World Heritage property management plan ;

6. Reiterates its requests to the State Party to develop, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value including the conditions of authenticity and integrity, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009;

7. Requests moreover the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property, including progress reports on the requested measures noted above and described in the Reactive Monitoring mission report, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Russian Federation
Year: 2008
Decision Code: 32 COM 7B.106