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Decision 33 COM 7B.77
Town of Luang Prabang (Lao People’s Democratic Republic) (C 479 rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.74, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Recognizing the commitment of the State Party to improve the state of conservation of the property, including the measures to develop a revised Urban Plan that will include a buffer zone and priority zones for development, and the efforts undertaken to improve institutional and technical capacity of the Heritage House thus enabling a more efficient implementation of the conservation plan for the property (PSMV),

4. Requests the State Party to integrate the necessary management mechanisms into the Urban Plan to maintain the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, including by preserving the urban fabric through the prevention of agglomeration of plots and by promoting land development for sustainable tourism;

5. Also recognizing the State Party's assurances regarding the Chompeth new town, primary school and Fine Arts College, and the lighter pedestrian bridge, but also noting with concern that the State Party proposes to go ahead with the extension and realignment of the airport runway,

6. Encourages the State Party to continue its efforts, with assistance from the World Heritage Centre, the Advisory Bodies and the international partners, in order to implement all the remaining recommendations made by the November 2007 mission and especially to ensure the strict and timely application of the Luang Prabang conservation plan (PSMV) and prepare an updated inventory and maps of the property, indicating the changes since the inscription;

7. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, at the latest by 1 February 2011, the revised Urban Plan, for review by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;

8. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a report on the state of conservation of the property and on the steps taken to implement the above recommendations, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

Decision Code
33 COM 7B.77
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2009 Town of Luang Prabang
Final Decisions of the 33rd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Seville, 2009)
Context of Decision