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Decision 32 COM 7B.77
Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (Sri Lanka) (C 451)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 29 COM 7B.56, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005),

3. Notes the findings and recommendations made by the 2007 and 2008 UNESCO missions to Galle concerning the port development project in Galle Harbour and the international test cricket stadium in the buffer zone and the general state of conservation of the property;

4. Urges the State Party to:

a) remove the intrusive and illegal construction within the cricket stadium as recommended by the mission;

b) consider abandoning or downscaling the current port development project to an acceptable size respecting the Oustanding Universal Value of the property;

c) submit to the World Heritage Centre revised boundaries of the property and buffer zone;

d) improve the capacity and processes of the relevant authorities to plan, monitor, manage and conserve the urban heritage of Galle;

e) develop a comprehensive conservation and management plan;

5. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a detailed report on the progress made concerning the above mentioned recommendations for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

Decision Code
32 COM 7B.77
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2008 Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
Decisions Adopted at the 32nd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Quebec City, 2008)
Context of Decision