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Decision 31 COM 7B.58
Ancient City of Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B.Add,

2.       Notes with satisfaction that the State Party has prepared an Action Plan for the conservation of the property;

3.       Encourages the State Party to implement the Action Plan provided that:

a)      Any ring road around the property must respect the integrity of the property;

b)      Infrastructure works are planned and implemented under high quality archaeological supervision;

c)      The legal framework for the protection of the property is improved and detailed;

d)      The use of traditional restoration techniques within the property becomes compulsory to guarantee the preservation of the property's integrity;

4.       Urges the State Party to refrain from undertaking any demolition work within the property and its buffer zone, in case such work impacts on the integrity of the property;

5.       Invites the State Party to consider extending the boundaries of the property in order to include its valuable historical neighbourhoods and requests the State Party to define the boundaries of the proposed buffer zone and to officially provide a map of this zone to the World Heritage Centre for approval by the Committee;

6.       Requests the State Party, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, to inform the World Heritage Centre in advance of any planned changes and any foreseen project within and around the property;

7.       Further requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission in order to assess the situation and to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2008, a progress report on the above recommendations and on the state of conservation of the property for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

Decision Code
31 COM 7B.58
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2007 Ancient City of Damascus
Decisions adopted at the 31st Session of the World Heritage Committee (Christchurch, 2007)
Context of Decision