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Decision 30 COM 7B.85
State of Conservation (City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-06/30.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 29 COM 7B.66, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005),

3. Notes the efforts made by the authorities to strengthen control on developments in the immediate environment of the Villa Saraceno;

4. Requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre further clarification on how the proposed buffer zone planned near the Villa Saraceno would ensure the control of development processes and the integrity of the setting near the World Heritage property and encourages the State Party to submit the revised buffer zone in accordance with the procedures established in the Operational Guidelines;

5. Acknowledges the progress being made in the development of the management and conservation plans (including buffer zones), however, regrets that the management and conservation plan for the area concerning the Villa Saraceno has not been finalized as requested (Decision 29 COM 7B.66 paragraph 6);

6. Reiterates its request to the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, as soon as available, the detailed technical drawings concerning the highway, and notably of the interchange infrastructure foreseen in the section closest to the Villa Saraceno, so as to assess its impact on the integrity of the landscape, before proceeding with the construction of the section of the highway closest to the Villa Saraceno;

7. Encourages the State Party to continue the efforts towards the finalization of the management and conservation plans, including the establishment of appropriate buffer zones, to reflect the cultural setting, for all the components of this serial World Heritage property;

8. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2007, a progress report on the implementation of the management and conservation plan for the World Heritage property and its buffer zones, as well as detailed designs and drawings of the interchanges, and of the landscaping of the highway in the vicinity of the Villa, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 31st session in 2007.

Decision Code
30 COM 7B.85
Focal Point
States Parties 1
Decisions Adopted at the 30th Session of the World Heritage Committee (Vilnius, 2006) / Without Annexes
Context of Decision