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Decision 45 COM 7B.112
Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena (Colombia) (C 285)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/23/45.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 43 COM 7B.[99] adopted at its 43rd session (Baku, 2019),
  3. Welcomes the measures undertaken for the implementation of the Special Management and Protection Plan (PEMP) for the Walled Enclosure and the Castle of San Felipe (PEMP-MURCA), and encourages the State Party to continue with these efforts;
  4. Also welcomes the finalization of the PEMP for the Historic Urban Complex (PEMP-CH) and the PEMP for the Fortified Cultural Landscape of Cartagena de Indias (PEMP-FORT BAHIA), and further welcomes the articulation of these plans with other existing regulation but regrets that these documents have not been approved yet, and urges the State Party to approve these documents as a priority and enable their implementation;
  5. Further requests the State Party to submit an up-to-date map of the property as inscribed in 1984 and, in accordance with paragraphs 163-164 of the Operational Guidelines, a Minor Boundary Modification request to define the buffer zone(s);
  6. Welcomes moreover the actions undertaken to address the impact of the Aquarela project on the Outstanding Universal Value, and also urges the State Party to continue the processes to resolve the outstanding legal actions, and requests moreover the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre the proposals for the restitution of the public space;
  7. Finally requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2024, 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 47th session.
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