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Decision 39 COM 7B.91
Maya Site of Copan (Honduras) (C 129)

The World Heritage Committee,
  1. Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.99 adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013),
  3. Notes that the runway of the Rio Amarillo airport will be limited to 1200 meters long, as requested by the World Heritage Committee and the recommendations of the 2011 Reactive Monitoring mission, and recognizes the efforts made by the State Party to rescue and relocate archaeological remains located in the surroundings of Rio Amarillo;
  4. Welcomes the Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) that was undertaken by the Copan Association for the airport area and invites relevant institutions to consider its observations, recommendations and conclusions;
  5. Also notes the cartographic information provided by the State Party and requests the State Party to finalize the boundary clarification within the framework of the Retrospective Inventory process and to submit a final proposal for a buffer zone according to paragraphs 163-165 of the Operational Guidelines concerning Minor Boundary Modification;
  6. Appreciates the efforts of the State Party to prepare the Management Plan and Carrying Capacity Study for the World Heritage property and also invites the State Party to undertake its revision with due consideration of the ICOMOS recommendations particularly regarding the action plan and financing strategy, tourism projections and visitor management and the participation of communities;
  7. Also requests the State Party to keep it informed of further developments in the design and testing results of the protective structure of the Hieroglyphic Stairway;
  8. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2016, an updated report, including a 1-page executive summary, on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 41st session in 2017.
Decision Code
39 COM 7B.91
States Parties 1
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2015 Maya Site of Copan
Decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015)
Context of Decision