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Decision 31 COM 7B.68
Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman (Oman)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 8B.37, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Notes that the State Party has drafted new protection laws for the property;

4.       Requests the State Party to provide further details as to when these laws will become effective;

5.       Congratulates the State Party on the development of a relevant short-term Management and Action Plan for the property, as a preliminary to a medium term Management Plan, and on putting in place an inter-disciplinary Management Committee, to oversee the development of the Management Plan;

6.       Also requests the State Party to follow-up this Action Plan with the necessary resources and to submit to the Committee the medium term Management Plan when it is developed;

7.       Also notes with approval the support for community involvement in the management of the Aflaj and the emerging local initiatives in the development of local plans for specific water management systems;

8.       Further requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a progress report on the new laws and the medium term Management Plan, for examination by the Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

Decision Code
31 COM 7B.68
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2007 Aflaj Irrigation Systems of Oman
Decisions adopted at the 31st Session of the World Heritage Committee (Christchurch, 2007)
Context of Decision