Decision : 37 COM 7B.81
Historic Centre of the City of Yaroslavl (Russian Federation) (C 1170)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.  Recalling Decision 36 COM 7B.84 , adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),

3.  Regrets that the State Party did not submit a state of conservation report in 2012 or 2013 despite the requests of the Committee at its 35th and 36th sessions and that therefore the concerns raised by the 2012 reactive monitoring mission have not been addressed;

4.  Urges the State Party to strengthen the national and regional legislative and regulatory protection for the property and its buffer zone;

5.  Also urges the State Party to improve the management structure of the property and its buffer zone, produce a Management Plan and consider appointing a site  manager with an appropriate advisory board with representation from national and regional professional conservation bodies;

6.  Notes the significant number of conservation projects undertaken on the property since 2008 but considers that a Conservation Strategy for the property, appropriate conservation guidance underpinned by research and archaeological recording would result in more consistent and better quality results;

7.  Reiterates its concerns that new development with inappropriate scale, height and mass, or incorporating non-traditional materials, imposes a particular threat to the Outstanding Universal Value of the property inscribed for its importance in town planning and spatial relationships between buildings;

8.  Strongly reiterates its request to the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, for review by the Advisory Bodies, details of any proposed developments, including those said to have been halted in 2012, that may have an adverse impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, accompanied by heritage impact assessments, in conformity with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines ;

9.  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 progress with the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, Operational Guidelines, Outstanding Universal Value
States Parties: Russian Federation
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 7B.81