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Decision 36 COM 7B.34
Pitons Management Area (Saint Lucia) (N 1161)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7B.Add,

2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.35, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.  Also recalling the State Party’s intervention at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010), in which it committed to a strict moratorium on further development within the property;

4.  Notes with grave concern that additional developments within the property were granted in 2011, despite the as yet incomplete drafting of the Limits to Acceptable Change and of development regulations and guidelines, which are likely to further degrade the property’s Outstanding Universal Value;

5.  Notes that the property’s Outstanding Universal Value may have already been compromised by developments within the property;

6.  Requests the State Party, inasmuch as construction may not have commenced, to issue a stop work order and to cancel the five development permits granted in 2011, and to not approve any additional developments until the Limits to Acceptable Change study, along with development regulations and guidelines, are completed and legally integrated into the development review process;

7.  Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property, focusing specifically on progress in halting existing development permits within the property and establishing an effective development control system, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013, with a view to consider inscribing the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger if the measures requested by the Committee are not implemented.

Decision Code
36 COM 7B.34
Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2012 Pitons Management Area
Decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012)
Context of Decision