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Decision 36 COM 7B.85
Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments (Russian Federation) (C 540)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.104, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.   Notes the conclusions of the International expert forum on boundary issues held in Saint Petersburg regarding the establishment of an international open-ended group of experts on boundary issue;

4.   Welcomes the efforts of the State Party deployed for cancelation of the “Okhta-Center” tower project, also notes the development of a new skyscraper project of the Lakhta business Center in the Primorskiy District of St. Petersburg and requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies, a detailed heritage impact assessment for this new project prepared in conformity with the ICOMOS Guidance on Heritage Impact Assessments for World Heritage cultural properties, before any final decisions are made;

5.   Invites the State Party to designate a principal management authority with sufficient authority to control the property, as well as to develop an overall Management Plan for the property, including a Plan for Environmental Design and Urbanism for the entire territory, as well as a Safeguarding Plan defining appropriate degrees of intervention for each element of the property;

6.   Also invites the State Party to study, in coordination with the World Heritage Centre, the feasibility to develop a legal mechanism for the protection and management of the World Heritage properties in the Russian Federation;

7.   Takes note that the State Party submitted a draft retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value for the property, as requested in Decision 35 COM 7B.104;

8.   Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property, and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014.

Decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012)
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