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The World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies are also concerned that this repetitive demolition could threaten the attributes of the Outstanding Universal Value. They recall that criterion (vi) stresses the tangible links with traditions of outstanding universal significance.

Draft Decision

34 COM 7B.49

The World Heritage Committee,

  • 1.

    Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add,

  • 2.

    Recalling Decision 30COM 8B.33, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

  • 3.

    Regrets that the State Party did not submit a progress report as previously requested

by the World Heritage Committee;

  • 4.

    Notes with concern the recent high degree of loss of historic buildings within the buffer zone through demolitions, the apparent lack of legal protection of the buffer zone and lack of planning policies;

  • 5.

    Urges the State Party to halt any demolitions in the buffer zone until adequate planning and legal policies are in place;

  • 6.

    Also notes the development of the Aapravasi Ghat Planning Policy Guidance document, and encourages its official adoption at the earliest opportunity;

  • 7.

    Reiterates its request to the State Party to complete the Management Plan for Aapravasi Ghat to include the development and conservation of the buffer zone, and archaeological and tourism strategies, and to regularise restoration work undertaken to date;

  • 8.

    Also reiterates the recommendation that the State Party undertake research on indentured labour to consider the extent, scope and impact of the indentured labour Diaspora around the world and that the detailed archives connected with the property be considered to be put forward for the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register;

  • 9.

    Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a report on the state of conservation of the property, and in particular on actions taken to halt demolitions within the buffer zone, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.


Island of Mozambique (Mozambique) (C 599)

See Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add.2

State of conservation of World Heritage properties inscribed on the World Heritage List

WHC-10/34.COM/7B.Add, p. 88

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