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Decision 37 COM 7B.96
Colonial City of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) (C 526)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.123 , adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.  Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party on the actions carried out in response to the decisions made by the World Heritage Committee and urges the State Party to continue its work, with particular attention to:

a)  Formal establishment of the buffer zone at Santo Domingo East and approval of regulations for construction heights,

b)  Approval and implementation of the Strategic Plan for the Integral Revitalization of the Colonial City of Santo Domingo,

c)  Approval of regulations for the Steering Committee to ensure that the management system becomes fully operational,

d)  Finalization of the approval process for the new law for the protection, safeguarding and development of cultural heritage and the regulations for archaeological investigation;

4.  Encourages the State Party to submit, according to paragraphs 163-165 of the Operational Guidelines , the designated buffer zone as a minor boundary modification to allow a clear understanding for the protection of the visually sensitive areas around the property;

5.  Reiterates its deep concern to the State Party about the results of the view shed studies for the proposed Sansouci development at the left bank of the Ozama River;

6.  Reiterates its request , as expressed in Decisions 34 COM 7B.108 and 35 COM 7B.123 to develop alternative designs which take into account the attributes and scale of the inscribed property, and to submit the revised designs for evaluation prior to making any commitments for implementation;

7.  Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre the project proposal, technical specifications and heritage impact assessment for the potential subway line and associated infrastructure, for review by the Advisory Bodies prior to making commitments to its construction, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines ;

8.  Welcomes the request of the State Party to receive an ICOMOS Advisory mission to assist in identifying the necessary measures to ensure the protection and conservation of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

9.  Further 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. 

Decision Code
37 COM 7B.96
Conservation, Operational Guidelines, Outstanding Universal Value
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2013 Colonial City of Santo Domingo
Decisions Adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th Session (Phnom Penh, 2013)
Context of Decision