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Decision 32 COM 7B.79
Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures (Uzbekistan) (C 603 rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.74, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Notes the progress made by the State Party and its commitment to set up a Coordinating Committee for the property;

4. Notes with concern further new and inappropriate development proposals between the Afrosiab and Timurid city for the re-creation of the Timurid city walls, and a new hotel with "historic façades" near the city walls;

5. Urges the State Party to continue the development of the management plan, including appropriate zoning and other matters identified at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007);

6. Also urges the State Party to develop an overall strategic approach to the property's conservation to be agreed to by stakeholders through the adoption of the management plan, and to submit, to the World Heritage Centre, in conformity with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, information about any major project proposals;

7. Decides to implement the Reinforced Monitoring mechanism to the property and asks in particular that the Committee be informed on the results on any information relevant for the conservation of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

8. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2009, a report on the state of conservation of the property, including progress made in:

a) finalizing the management plan,

b) developing the conservation plan,

c) documenting historic features (inventories and surveys),

d) strengthening the Coordinating Committee,

e) developing proposed zoning and road schemes including proposals to close the new road between Afrosiab and Timurid city to through-traffic,

for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

Decision Code
32 COM 7B.79
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2008 Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures
Decisions Adopted at the 32nd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Quebec City, 2008)
Context of Decision