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Decision 31 COM 7B.60
Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun (Bahrain)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.49, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Notes with satisfaction the progress achieved by the State Party in the implementation of a series of important measures aiming at conserving and protecting the property;

4.       Invites the State Party, as mentioned in Decision 30 COM 7B.49, to submit, before 1 February 2008, a proposal for a modification of the boundaries of the inscribed property according to the procedures indicated in Paragraphs 163 to 165 of the Operational Guidelines, for revising the core zone to include the ancient channel and the sea tower, and for revising the buffer zone to include the visual corridor, for examination by the Committee at its 33rd session in 2009;

5.       Requests the State Party to send to the World Heritage Centre:

a)      the written official decisions and explanatory documents (maps, graphics, photos) concerning the relocation of the North Star Project and fishing harbour,as well as the final decisions related to the re-housing of part of the local community,

b)      the decision to replace the portion of the connecting road located off the northern coast by an appropriate bridge,

c)      the approved National Planning and Development Strategies for the implementation of the revision of the urban development and zoning plan,

d)      the legislative framework for the protection of the World Heritage property,

e)      the draft management and conservation plans;

6.       Also requests the State Party to submit, by 1 February 2009, a progress report on the implementation of the above recommendations to be examined by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

Decisions adopted at the 31st Session of the World Heritage Committee (Christchurch, 2007)
Context of Decision