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Decision 45 COM 7A.56
Roșia Montană Mining Landscape (Romania) (C 1552rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/23/45.COM/7A.Add.2,
  2. Recalling Decision 44 COM 8B.26 adopted at its extended 44th session (Fuzhou/online, 2021),
  3. Welcomes the organisation of virtual online meetings to discuss the development of the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property form the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR) between the State Party representatives, ICOMOS and the World Heritage Centre, in the absence of a Reactive Monitoring mission due to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic;
  4. Adopts the DSOCR presented in Document WHC/23/45.COM/7A.Add.2, including corrective measures, while noting the need to complete the timeframes for corrective measures relating to mining;
  5. Notes the difficult circumstances relating to the World Bank arbitration process between the mining company Gabriel Resources and the Romanian government that started in 2015 and is still ongoing, which means that the State Party considers that it cannot address the halting of approvals for mining permits at the property or develop planning controls that prevent further mining at the property, as requested by the Committee, until the outcome of the arbitration process is known;
  6. Also welcomes the commitment of the State Party to ensure adequate human and financial resources for management of the property;
  7. Also notes the major programme that has been developed to conserve key religious and secular buildings that support the Outstanding Universal Value of the property as a means of ensuring sustainable use of the landscape by the community;
  8. Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2024, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property, including information on progress made in implementing corrective measures, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 46th session;
  9. Decides to retain Roșia Montană Mining Landscape (Romania) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
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