Decision : 37 COM 7 B.73
Ancient City of Nessebar (Bulgaria) (C 217)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.87 , adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.  Welcomes the progress made by the State Party in the implementation of its previous decisions and urges the State Party to adopt and implement the Management Plan;

4.  Takes note of the results of the November 2012 ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to the property and requests the State Party to implement its recommendations, in particular:

a)  Approve effective legislative and regulatory measures, including those for new construction and development, for the management of the buffer zone and the surrounding sea coastline and for the regulation of tourism activities,

b)  Maintain the moratorium on any new constructions within the World Heritage property, its buffer zone and at the surrounding sea coastline until the development and approval of an Urban Master Plan and a Conservation Plan,

c)  Strengthen the protection status of the sea coastline and include mandatory heritage impact assessments for proposed developments,

d)  Make operational the proposed management system, including adequate staffing and resources for the implementation of the proposed projects,

e)  Implement priority conservation and maintenance works, as identified in the Management Plan, for the historic buildings and archaeological sites, and prepare a technical manual for conservation, rehabilitation and restoration,

f)   Develop capacity building activities for all professional staff involved with the conservation, protection and management of the property;

5.  Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2015 , an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above.

Themes: Conservation, Reports
States Parties: Bulgaria
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 7 B.73