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Decision 41 COM 7B.63
Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá (Panama) (C 790bis)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decisions 37 COM 8E and 40 COM 8B.34, adopted at its 37th (Phnom Penh, 2013) and 40th (Istanbul/UNESCO, 2016) sessions respectively,
  3. Expresses its appreciation for the commitment of the State Party to implement the Committee´s recommendations;
  4. Notes that the State Party is in the process of developing a proposal for a significant boundary modification for the property as recommended by the 2013 Reactive Monitoring mission, and reiterates its request to the State Party to finalize and submit this proposal by 1 February 2018, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 43rd session in 2019;
  5. Expresses its serious concern that in spite of numerous public and private conservation initiatives, most of the factors affecting the property that were identified in earlier reports continue to exist and requests the State Party, until the significant boundary modification proposal is concluded and considered by the Committee, to take the necessary measures to maintain the authenticity and integrity of both site components of the property, particularly in the buffer zone and wider setting of Panama Viejo;
  6. Also requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre, for evaluation by the Advisory Bodies, the designs of the Hotel Casco Viejo restoration project of the old Club Unión, together with studies on vehicular access, waste management, and other relevant aspects for assessing impacts on heritage;
  7. Finally requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2018, a report on the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 43rd session in 2019
Decisions adopted during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (Krakow, 2017)
Context of Decision