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Decision 31 COM 7A.16
Abu Mena (Egypt) (C 90)

  The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7A,
  2. Recalling Decision 30 COM 7A.19, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),
  3. Congratulates the State Party for its efforts in addressing the issue of the rising water table;
  4. Adopts the following, identified by the 2005 reactive monitoring mission, as the desired state of conservation for the property:

a) Consolidated structures;

b)Water table lowered and monitoring system established in and around the property;

c)Management plan implemented;

5.Urges the State Party to implement the necessary corrective measures, by 2010, as follows:

a) Carry out a rapid condition survey of all excavated remains and urgent conservation measures in order to provide protection to structures against earth trembling and other forms of damage likely to result from the use of heavy earth-moving equipment;

b) Lower the water table by means of drainage ditches and pipes, inside and around the archaeological area;

c) Establish an efficient system for monitoring the water table in the archaeological site and in the surrounding zones;

d) Prepare a conservation plan, defining short-, medium-, and long-term objectives and establishing technical parameters (materials, techniques, etc);

e) Undertake consultations with stakeholders with the objective of preparing a management plan, to include research, presentation and interpretation, the role of stakeholders (e.g. the Mar Mena community), staffing, sponsorship, visitor facilities, access, etc.

6.Requests the State Party to identify a buffer zone surrounding the core area of the property, together with protection regulations and to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2008 the relevant information and map for consideration by the World Heritage Committee;

7. Also requests the State Party, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, to develop a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value including the conditions of integrity and authenticity, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008;

8.Further requests the State Party to submit, by 1 February 2008, a detailed progress report on the implementation of the above measures, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008;

9. Decides to retain Abu Mena (Egypt) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Decision Code
31 COM 7A.16
States Parties 1
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2007 Abu Mena
Decisions adopted at the 31st Session of the World Heritage Committee (Christchurch, 2007)
Context of Decision