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Decision 37 COM 7B.67
Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (Sri Lanka) (C 451)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7B.Add,

2.  Recalling Decisions 34 COM 7B.72 , 35 COM 7B.78 and 36 COM 7B.68, adopted at its 34th (Brasilia, 2010), 35th (UNESCO, 2011) and 36th (Saint-Petersburg, 2012) sessions respectively,

3.  Regrets that the State Party has provided limited or no response to the decisions of the Committee and expresses its concern that no details have been given on the following:

a)  the revised port development project and its Heritage Impact Assessment or of its proposed timescale,

b)  the extension of the property to include maritime archaeology and the definition of a buffer zone,

c)  the proposed intentions for the International Cricket Stadium,

d)  strengthening the role of the Galle Heritage Foundation and the overall management system for the property;

4.  Requests the State Party to supply detailed plans for the revised port project and to conduct a comprehensive Heritage Impact Assessment study, in conformity with the ICOMOS Guidance for World Heritage cultural properties, to assess the impacts on Outstanding Universal Value of the property, including a technical study to ascertain potential impacts on the underwater archaeology and submit these as a matter of urgency to the World Heritage Centre for review by the Advisory Bodies in advance of any irreversible commitments;

5.  Also requests the State Party to formally submit the proposals for the revision of the buffer zone and encourages them to consider an extension of the property to cover maritime archaeology of the bay;

6.  Further requests the State Party to provide updated information on their intentions in relation to the International Cricket Stadium;

7.  Reiterates its request to strengthen the Galle Heritage Foundation or establish a cross-department Government Agency, Galle Conservation and Development Authority, in line with the recommendations made by the 2010 reactive monitoring mission, with a view to enhancing the management mechanism of the property;

8.  Requests furthermore 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.

Decision Code
37 COM 7B.67
Conservation, Outstanding Universal Value
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2013 Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
Decisions Adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th Session (Phnom Penh, 2013)
Context of Decision