Committee Decisions

32 COM 7B.129

Trends in the State of Conservation of World Heritage Sites

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined documents WHC-08/32.COM/7B, WHC-08/32.COM7B.Add and WHC-08/32.COM7B.Add2,

2. Recognizing that the state of conservation reports are an important tool for sustaining the World Heritage properties; and

3. Noting the discussion that took place at the 32nd session of the World Heritage Committee;

4. Requests the World Heritage Centre to:

a) prepare, after consultation with the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee, an analytical summary of the state of conservation of the World Heritage discussed at the 32nd session (Québec City, 2008) identifying trends, by 1st November 2008, for distribution to the Committee members and discussion at the 33rd session in 2009;

b) identify issues emanating from the analytical summary, in consultation with the Advisory Bodies, to be discussed on relevant agenda items of the Committee, including the Reinforced Monitoring mechanism;

c) prepare a lexicon of terms and recommendations for their consistent application in state of conservation reports;

d) provide, where available, a printed Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, for properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger and those discussed for in-Danger listing;

e) add a link to illustrative material and relevant statements of Outstanding Universal Value, and attribute information to source and date;

5. Also requests the World Heritage Centre to identify a mechanism for consultation with States Parties during the development of the State of Conservation reports to ensure their accuracy.

Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: Trends in the State of Conservation of World Heritage Sites
Session: 32COM