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Decision 33 COM 7B.87
HistoricCentres of Berat and Gjirokastra (Albania) (C 569 bis)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 8B.56, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Urges the State Party to fully comply with the requests of the World Heritage Committee;

4. Acknowledges progress made with the development of an inventory of planning violations;

5. Expresses its concern that violations are continuing to occur in a prominent part of the buffer zone in Berat opposite the castle gates, as well as in Old Bazaar area of Gjirokastra;

6. Also urges the State Party to put in place an agreed action plan and timescale to address these violations and to stop further violations;

7. Requess the State Party to put in place more detailed and appropriate monitoring indicators related to the attributes that carry the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

8. Also acknowledges some progress in planning better provision of water hydrants, to enhance fire protection, but expresses concern at the lack of an overall agreed fire response plan for the property and encourages the State Party to address this issue as a matter of urgency;

9. Expresses its great concern, in view of the ambitious targets for the tourism industry, that there is a lack of an overall tourism development plan that would aim to reconcile the benefits and dis-benefits of tourism for local communities within the framework of the management plan and also requests the State Party to address this issue;

10. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a progress report on the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

Decision Code
33 COM 7B.87
States Parties 1
Final Decisions of the 33rd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Seville, 2009)
Context of Decision