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Decision 33 COM 7B.81
Archaeological Ruins at Moenjodaro (Pakistan) (C 138)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.86, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Notes that a comprehensive Master Plan has been prepared, that a Medium Term Action Plan is being implemented and that work is in progress to identify the actual extent of the archaeological area of Moenjodaro;

4. Requests the State Party, however, to clarify if the Master Plan has been updated since January 2006; and whether the updated Medium Term Action Plan referred to above integrates the World Heritage Committee's previous request to revise the Action Plan according to the recommendations of the 2006 mission;

5. Encourages the State Party to convene the Technical Consultative Committee for Moenjodaro as soon as possible, to review the on-going activities and the contents of the Master Plan;

6. Also requests the State Party to:

a) Continue its work to redefine the boundaries of the property and its buffer zone,

b) Develop an archaeological research strategy, including non-invasive methods of investigation, in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and ICOMOS, and refrain from undertaking any major archaeological interventions until this strategy is in place,

c) Ensure that adequate protection measures are in place to prevent encroachments within the areas of potential archaeological interest, which may be subject to a future extension of the property,

d) Submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a detailed report on the progress made in the implementation of the above mentioned recommendations, and associated documentation, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

Decision Code
33 COM 7B.81
States Parties 1
Final Decisions of the 33rd Session of the World Heritage Committee (Seville, 2009)
Context of Decision