Decision : 33 COM 7B.68
Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa (China) (C 707 ter)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.77, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Notes the efforts made by the State Party to revise and extend the boundaries of the proposed buffer zones;

4. Acknowledges progress with the Urban Development Plan for Lhasa and with elaboration of conservation plans for the three areas of the property and requests that the State Party ensures that they are:

a) Coherent and complementary,

b) Include conservation policies for the traditional buildings within the protected sectors and other parts of the property,

c) Based on an assessment of the foreseeable socio-economic impacts of the conservation policies on the local communities and include proposed mitigation measures, and

d) Implemented through an institutional coordination body;

5. Also requests the State Party to submit the drafts of the above-mentioned Plans to the World Heritage Centre, before their finalisation and enactment by the competent authorities, for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;

6. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a report on the state of conservation of the property for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: China
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 7B.68