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Decision 44 COM 7B.23
Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara at Nalanda, Bihar (India) (C 1502)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/21/44.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 42 COM 7B.6, adopted at its 42nd session (Manama, 2018),
  3. Acknowledges the progress made by State Party on a number of its previous recommendations;
  4. Takes note of the continuing conservation work and the development of visitor facilities at the property, of the progress accomplished with the preparation of a visitor management plan, to be incorporated in site Management Plan, and with the preparation of the Integrated Master Plan, which will incorporate recommendations and regulations regarding any development plan within or in the vicinity of the property, and requests the State Party to provide a timeframe for their completion;
  5. Also requests the State Party to develop a research programme focused specifically on defining the authenticity of the property, including the necessary documentation to identify authentic archaeological fabric, as encouraged in its earlier Decision;
  6. Reiterates its request to the State Party to establish a formal conservation plan for the excavated remains of the property in order to safeguard the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) and authenticity;
  7. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2022, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for review by the Advisory Bodies.
Decisions adopted at the 44th extended session of the World Heritage Committee
Context of Decision