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Decision 31 COM 7B.77
Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa (China)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.       Recalling Decision 29 COM 7B.50, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005),

3.       Notes the efforts made by the State Party in improving the state of conservation of the property, particularly on the progress made in extending the boundaries of the property’s buffer zones and the conservation activities for Potala Palace, Johkang Temple and Norbulingka;

4.       Requests the State Party to continue the revision of the Urban Development Plan and the elaboration of conservation plans for the three areas of the property ensuring that they are coherent and complementary and include conservation policies for the traditional buildings within the historic areas of the City. The Plans should be prepared based on an assessment of the foreseeable socio-economic impacts of the conservation policies adopted by the State Party for the property on the local communities, as well as proposed mitigation measures;

5.       Also requests the State Party to share drafts of the above-mentioned Plans with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, before their finalisation and enactment by the competent authorities;

6.       Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a report on the state of conservation of the property for examination by the Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

Decision Code
31 COM 7B.77
States Parties 1
Decisions adopted at the 31st Session of the World Heritage Committee (Christchurch, 2007)
Context of Decision