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Decision 33 COM 7B.116
Cultural Landscape of Sintra (Portugal) (C 723)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decisions 30 COM 7B.89 and 31 COM 7B.116, adopted at its 30th (Vilnius, 2006) and 31st (Christchurch, 2007) sessions respectively, and the detailed recommendations made by the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/IUCN reactive monitoring mission of March 2006,

3. Takes note of the progress made in the implementation of the short-term Action Plan 2007-2009, in particular in the restoration and gradual opening of the palaces and parks;

4. Notes with serious concern the uninterrupted urban encroachment both on the territory of the property and its buffer zone and beyond it, as well as the pressure caused by increased visitation;

5. Expresses its concern about the continuing lack of coordination mechanisms involving all relevant stakeholders responsible for the management of the property and its buffer zone;

6. Strongly encourages the State Party to consider establishing a Steering Committee for the property in order to enhance coordination and coherent decision-making among all relevant stakeholders on the territory of the property and its buffer zone;

7. Urges the State Party to amplify its efforts, to set up a comprehensive management plan for the property clearly defining the roles of all relevant stakeholders, the conservation measures and development objectives for the property as well as the appropriate financial resources;

8. Further encourages the State Party to develop, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value for the property, as a sound basis for its management;

9. Requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/IUCN reactive monitoring mission to the property to assess the overall state of conservation of the property;

10. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2010, a report on the state of conservation of the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010.

Decision Code
33 COM 7B.116
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2009 Cultural Landscape of Sintra
Final Decisions of the 33rd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Seville, 2009)
Context of Decision