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Decision 31 COM 7B.101
Auschwitz Concentration Camp (Poland)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B.Add,

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.88, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Notes the progress made in the preparation of the Management Plan for the World Heritage property and in particular the international consultations undertaken in November and December 2006;

4.       Commends the State Party for the high level of historic documentation of the site and its landscape, prepared by the local experts, as a basis for the Management Plan, together with the conservation efforts of the Site Director;

5.       Expresses its concern for the lack of planning guidelines for the approved site and buffer zones, and the resulting deterioration of buildings associated with the Outstanding Universal Value of the site;

6.       Regrets the delay in the submission by the State Party of the Management Plan to the World Heritage Centre as requested both at its 29th and 30th sessions;

7.       Urges the State Party to take up its responsibilities at all levels of government and the local authorities to ensure the full implementation of the Management Plan;

8.       Requests the State Party to provide an updated statement of Outstanding Universal Value and site boundaries reflecting this statement;

9.       Also requests the State Party to provide the approved Management Plan and details of its implementation, including timeframe and responsibilities, to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2008 for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

Decisions adopted at the 31st Session of the World Heritage Committee (Christchurch, 2007)
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