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Decision 35 COM 7B.38
Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (Peru) (C/N 274)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7B.42, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Takes note of the submission of the retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, under revision by the Advisory Bodies;

4. Also takes note of the indication by the State Party on actions taken to address threats to the property including the Western access, public use, governance and management arrangements, uncontrolled development at the Machu Picchu village and other threats identified in the 2009 Emergency Action Plan;

5. Welcomes the support of the State Party for the establishment of an international support panel to provide technical advice on the implementation of the Emergency Action Plan and requests the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to support the State Party in the identification of appropriate expertise and Terms of Reference, as well as in the organization of the first meeting of the panel;

6. Also requests that the State Party submit to the World Heritage Centre, for evaluation, the initial plans related to the possible construction of the Santa Teresa road, to ensure that the World Heritage Centre takes an active part in the feasibility studies for the final project;

7. Considers that the State Party has made progress with the requests expressed by the World Heritage Committee in Decision 34 COM 7B.42, and further requests the State Party to address unresolved issues that could constitute a danger to the attributes that sustain the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, with particular attention to:

a) Updating of the management plan to define provisions to strategically address unregulated access to the site, public use and urban planning, especially in the Western access,

b) Definition of strategies to address the Western access to the property and identify alternatives to the proposed Santa Teresa Road,

c) Risk reduction and disaster recovery plans, including a clear and precise course of action,

d) Harmonization of legislative frameworks and enforcement of regulatory measures,

e) Inventory of land ownership of the property and enforcement of regulatory measures,

f) Strengthening of decision-making processes and governance at the property;

8. Welcomes the invitation of the State Party to the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to carry out a mission to evaluate the degree of conservation of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu;

9. Requests furthermore the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a report on the state of conservation of the property and on the steps taken to implement the above-mentioned recommendations and in particular the results of the first meeting of the international panel, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.

Decision Code
35 COM 7B.38
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2011 Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Decisions Adopted by the Word Heritage Committee at its 35th Session (UNESCO, 2011)
Context of Decision