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28COM 15B.38

Theme:
Conservation

The World Heritage Committee,
1. Taking note of the documents transmitted by the State Party in July 2003 and
January 2004, as well as ICOMOS and IUCN comments on these documents,
2. Expressing its condolences to the Government of Peru for the tragic loss of life
and damage caused in the recent mudslides at the Historic Sanctuary of Machu
Picchu,
3. Notes with great concern that the revised Master Plan, which should include a
detailed Management Plan for the property, has not yet entered into force and
recommends the State Party to give the highest priority to finalizing this by
December 2004;
4. Urges the State Party to immediately undertake a study on risk-preparedness
and prevention in case of natural disaster for the core and buffer zones of the
property;
5. Encourages the State Party to reinforce the support of the international
universities in reaching an exact understanding of the slope conditions and
deformation of the ground surface of the Citadel and the other areas of the
Historical Sanctuary by geophysical explorations and landslide studies;
6. Notes further with great concern that no studies have been undertaken on
alternative transportation or on the carrying capacity of the property;
7. Acknowledging that efforts have been made to address specific issues such as
the creation of a Management Unit, the management of the Inca Trail and the
works undertaken at the Citadel,
8. Noting, also, that some of the most relevant issues remain unaddressed, and
that some of the foreseen actions have been at the stage of proposals over the
past 5 years, while the state of conservation and management of the property
have not improved significantly as compared to the situation referred to in the
mission reports of 1999 and 2002,
9. Requests the World Heritage Centre, working jointly with the Government of
Peru and the World Bank, to set up a programme and action plan for scientific,
technical and financial support to assist and guide the Management Unit and
related institutions in the integrated conservation of the property and to
facilitate implementation of the 1999 and 2002 UNESCO-ICOMOS-IUCN
recommendations;
10. Decides to examine the state of conservation of the Historic Sanctuary of
Machu Picchu and to discuss the measures to be taken at its 29th session in
2005.

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