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Decision 31 COM 7B.78
World Heritage Properties in Beijing (China) (C 880 – C 881 – C 439 bis)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B.Add,

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.63, adopted at its 30th session (Vinius, 2006),

3.       Notes the State Party’s great efforts towards the restoration and enhancement of the World Heritage properties in Beijing, as well as for the organization of a Regional Symposium on Concepts and Practices of Conservation and Restoration of Historical Buildings in East Asia;

4.       Expresses the wish that the outcome of the Symposium might contribute to strengthening the theoretical framework on which are based conservation decisions, notably as regards issues of authenticity, at the World Heritage properties;  

5.       Reiterates its request to the State Party to implement the recommendations made by the reactive monitoring mission of October 2005, and in particular to:

a)      Develop appropriate Conservation Master Plans, in close consultation with the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM, integrating components on risk-preparedness and tourism management, for the World Heritage properties of the Temple of Heaven and the SummerPalace in Beijing,

b)      Carry out a comparative study on the restoration of polychromy and ways to ensure its authenticity within East Asia in collaboration with countries such as Japan, Korea and Vietnam;

6.       Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the World Heritage properties in Beijing, including information on the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations mentioned in paragraph 5 above, for examination by the Committee at its 33rd session in 2009. 

Decisions adopted at the 31st Session of the World Heritage Committee (Christchurch, 2007)
Context of Decision