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Decision 33 COM 7B.84
Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures (Uzbekistan) (C 603 rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-09/33.COM/7B.Add and WHC-09/33.COM/7B.Corr,

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.79, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Acknowledging, as recommended by the joint World Heritage Centre / ICOMOS reinforced monitoring mission of March 2009, the need to complete the management plan, to undertake further conservation work on monuments within the property, to establish an effective management framework for the site and to sustain and plan for infrastructural work respecting the traditional urban fabric,

4. Urges the State Party to put in place strategic approaches to urban conservation;

5. Also urges the State Party to consider a cooperation project with the Ministry of Culture, local authorities, UNESCO and ICOMOS, and possibly other partners, to advance the strategic planning processes and finalize the management plan with a focus on technical assistance and guidance concerning the conservation of the traditional urban fabric, the development of structural restoration projects and the creation of an adequate management framework;

6. Suggests that the State Party might wish to consider an application for international assistance under the World Heritage Fund to support such a collaboration project;

7. Reiterates its request to the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, in conformity with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, information about any major development proposals;

8. 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, including progress made in the management plan and strategic planning for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011;

9. Decides not to continue to apply the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism on this property.

Decision Code
33 COM 7B.84
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2009 Samarkand – Crossroad of Cultures
Final Decisions of the 33rd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Seville, 2009)
Context of Decision