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Decision 38 COM 7B.5
Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region (Sudan) (C 1073)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-14/38.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.56, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013),
  3. Acknowledges the efforts made by the State Party in improving the management of the property;
  4. Regrets that the management plan has not been sufficiently developed and that key components are still missing;
  5. Also regrets that no detailed information has been provided to address the conservation and management issues raised by the 2011 reactive monitoring mission, and reiterates the need to develop appropriate concrete measures as soon as possible as identified in paragraphs 4, 5 and 6 of Decision 35 COM 7B.57 adopted at the 35th session (UNESCO, 2011);
  6. Takes note of the maps of four of the five component parts of the property provided by the State Party but requests that they be reviewed in accordance to standards identified in Annex 11 of the Operational Guidelines (topographical data, clear indication of the property’s boundaries) and to provide such a map for Sanam;
  7. Also requests the State Party to provide detailed information on the state of conservation of the property, including a report for each of the five components, to fully develop the management plan so that it is operational and to develop a comprehensive monitoring system in order to better understand the long-term conservation needs of the property;
  8. Recommends to the State Party to organize as soon as possible, in the framework of the Sudan-Qatar Archaeological Project (QSAP), a workshop to address the management and monitoring system of the property, in cooperation with the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM;
  9. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2015, an updated report, including a 1-page executive summary, on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 40th session in 2016.
Report of the Decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session (Doha, 2014)
Context of Decision