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Decision 45 COM 7B.203
Göbekli Tepe (Türkiye) (C 1572)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/23/45.COM/7B.Add,
  2. Recalling Decision 44 COM [7]B.57 adopted at its extended 44th session (Fuzhou/online, 2021),
  3. Notes the progress accomplished by the State Party but requests that it:
    1. Submit, as a matter of priority for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies a revised Management Plan, utilizing the Enhancing our Heritage Toolkit 2.0 and including:
      1. A full conservation plan as the basis for a well-planned and long-term conservation approach, with associated action plan and dedicated resources,
      2. A comprehensive risk assessment and risk preparedness plan based on the Resource Manual Managing Disaster Risks at World Heritage,
      3. Details of baseline data and monitoring protocols, including on conservation work, risk assessment, visitor satisfaction, community indicators and broader environmental indicators,
      4. A draft Visitor Management Plan, including a Tourism Management Plan and actions, time schedules and dedicated resources,
    2. Continue to closely monitor developments around the property that may have an impact on the landscape, integrity and archaeological potential of the property and assess the impact of any proposed compulsory infrastructure before consent is granted, in accordance with Paragraphs 110 and 172 of the Operational Guidelines,
    3. Carry out a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) of the proposed development of a railway line to the south of the property, in accordance with the Guidance and Toolkit for Impact Assessments in a World Heritage Context and prior to any construction, and submit it to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies,
    4. Continue to take active amelioration measures to ensure that the visual impact of the irrigation channel in the management area and south-east of the property is reduced and to further assess the visual impact of the quarry in the management area to the west of the property,
    5. Continue to undertake archaeological survey work as the basis for reassessing the degree of statutory protection of the buffer zone;
  4. Reminds the States Party to inform the World Heritage Centre in due course of its intention to undertake or authorize any major developments that may affect the Outstanding Universal Value of a World Heritage property and to undertake Heritage and/or Environmental Impact Assessments before making any decisions that would be difficult to reverse, in line with Paragraph 172 and 118bis of the Operational Guidelines respectively;
  5. Finally requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2024, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 47th session.
Decision Code
45 COM 7B.203
States Parties 1
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2023 Göbekli Tepe
Context of Decision