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Decision 31 COM 7B.74
Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures (Uzbekistan)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.59, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Notes with satisfaction the State Party’s production of a draft Management Plan for Samarkand which aims to address the concept of the overall development of the city and considers not only the main architectural and archeological monuments, but also historical residential areas and traffic and tourism management and notes the timetable, 2007-2010 for the development of the final detailed Management Plan;

4.       Requests the State Party to submit for approval, as available:

a)      Draft rules and standards including approaches to reconstruction,

b)      Revised draft road schemes for the city, and

c)      Details of proposed zoning;

5.       Also requests the State Party to confirm that no further road building will be undertaken until the revised road scheme for the city has been approved, and that this will include proposals to  close the new road between Afrosiab and Timurid city to through-traffic;

6.       Further requests the State Party to consider the development of a Conservation Strategy for the city for both monuments and residential areas, that acknowledges the wealth of conservation expertise, experience, and documentation that exists in the city and covers both on-going maintenance and major restoration projects;

7.       Suggests that a Coordinating Committee for the property be put in place to bring together all partners currently involved in the conservation and development of the property;

8.       Requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS monitoring mission to evaluate progress in the development of the Management Plan and the implementation of the revised road schemes for the City;

9.       Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2008, a detailed report on progress made in developing the management plan and on the state of conservation of the property for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

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