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Decision 39 COM 7B.72
Historic Centre of Bukhara (Uzbekistan) (C 602rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-15/39.COM/7B,
  2. Recalling Decision 37 COM 7B.68, adopted at its 37th session (Phnom Penh, 2013),
  3. Expresses its concern with the slow progress in implementing the recommendations of the 2010 Reactive Monitoring mission, in particular the lack of progress with the completion of the Management Plan, including an adequate governance system;
  4. Notes with concern the slow progress made with the completion of the Management Plan and the lack of coordinated conservation plan and adequate guidance for the conservation and restoration activities carried out as part of the State Program and requests the State Party to address these issues, through:
    1. completing the Management Plan as a matter of urgency,
    2. developing a coordinated conservation plan to bring together key conservation activities carried out and planned within the property,
    3. developing clear guidelines for conservation, restoration and rehabilitation of housing to ensure that the authenticity of the property is not compromised,
    4. preparing adequate documentation of the major historic buildings and the overall urban fabric;
  5. Encourages the State Party to apply the UNESCO Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscape (HUL, 2011) as a useful tool to help manage development within the property and to seek International Assistance under the World Heritage Fund, in close consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;
  6. Also requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS Reactive Monitoring mission to the property to evaluate the general state of conservation of the property and review its current management and planning system as well as progress made with the implementation of the above paragraph 4 above;
  7. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2016, 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 41st session in 2017.
Decision Code
39 COM 7B.72
States Parties 1
State of conservation reports
2015 Historic Centre of Bukhara
Decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015)
Context of Decision