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Decision 41 COM 8B.20
Historic Centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace (Azerbaijan)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Documents WHC/17/41.COM/8B and WHC/17/41.COM/INF.8B1,
  2. Refers the nomination of the Historic Centre of Sheki with the Khan’s Palace, Azerbaijan, back to the State Party in order to further advance conservation and preservation mechanisms with a view for their better implementation;
  3. Recommends the State Party to prepare the Action Plan for conservation and preservation of the nominated property in close consultation with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS;
  4. Invites the State Party to give consideration to the following:
    1. to strengthen the mandate and resources of the management team, and to revise and adopt the management plan for its further proper implementation,
    2. to strengthen protective measures for the buffer zone to ensure the long-term protection of the wider landscape setting,
    3. to prepare conservation guidelines to ensure future restorations are undertaken utilizing adequate materials and expertise,
    4. to consider the increase of the role of traditional governance structures such as the Council of Elders and the neighbourhood representatives in decision-making and management processes,
    5. to develop a monitoring system focused on both the state of conservation of the nominated property and the implementation of the management plan.
Decision Code
41 COM 8B.20
Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties 1
Decisions adopted during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (Krakow, 2017)
Context of Decision