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Decision 33 COM 7B.82
Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (Sri Lanka) (C 451)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.77, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Notes the efforts of the State Party in the conservation and restoration of the property and sewage system, and progress made in implementing the recommendations of the 2008 mission concerning the removal of constructions of the cricket stadium;

4. Also notes the intention of the State Party to downscale the port development project;

5. Urges the State Party to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed port development project as a matter of priority and to submit the findings to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2010 for review by the Advisory Bodies;

6. Requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS reactive monitoring mission to the property in 2010, to advise on the issue of the port development once the Environmental Impact Assessment has been completed;

7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre as soon as possible additional details regarding the demolition of the illegal buildings in the Galle international cricket ground, including clarification on which building has been demolished, which buildings are planned to be demolished, what the new proposed building referred to in the State Party report comprises and the schedule for completion of this work at the latest by 31 October 2009;

8. Requests furthermore the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2010 for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session, a detailed report including:

a) Revised boundaries of the property and buffer zone to reflect the recent underwater archaeological discoveries made in the bay to the east of the Old Town,

b) Finalised comprehensive conservation and management plan, and

c) Detailed report on the progress made concerning the above mentioned recommendations.

Decision Code
33 COM 7B.82
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2009 Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
Final Decisions of the 33rd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Seville, 2009)
Context of Decision