World Heritage Centre https://whc.unesco.org?cid=305&l=en&searchDecisions=&search_session_decision=100&action=list&mode=rss World Heritage Centre - Committee Decisions 90 en Copyright 2020 UNESCO, World Heritage Centre Tue, 29 Sep 2020 00:21:03 EST UNESCO, World Heritage Centre - Decisions https://whc.unesco.org/document/logowhc.jpg https://whc.unesco.org 35 COM 2 Admission of Observers The World Heritage Committee,

1. Taking into consideration Rule 8 (Observers) of the Rules of Procedure of the Committee, 

2. Authorizes the participation in the 35th session as observers of those representatives of the international governmental organizations (IGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), permanent observer missions to UNESCO and non profit-making institutions having activities in the fields covered by the Convention, who have requested observer participation at the session and as listed in Section A of the document WHC-11/35.COM/2;

3. Further confirms the participation in the 35th session as observers of all those invited by the Director-General of UNESCO in accordance with Rule 8.4 of the Rules of Procedure of the Committee and as listed in Section B of the document WHC-11/35.COM/2.

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35 COM 3A Adoption of the Agenda of the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee (Paris, UNESCO Headquarters 2011) The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/3A.Rev,
  2. Adopts the Agenda included in the above-mentioned Document.
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35 COM 3B Adoption of the Timetable of the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee (Paris, UNESCO Headquarters 2011) The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/3B.Rev,

2. Adopts the Agenda included in the above-mentioned Document.

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35 COM 5A Report of the World Heritage Centre on its activities and the implementation of the World Heritage Committee’s Decisions The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-11/35.COM/5A and WHC-11/35.COM/INF.5A,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 5A adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Takes note of the activities undertaken and of the partnerships established by the World Heritage Centre;

4. Also takes note with appreciation of the concrete contribution of the States Parties and all partners who, through their financial and/or technical support, contributed to the efforts to implement the Convention reported in the document WHC-11/35.COM/5A;

5. Reminds the World Heritage Centre of the necessity to elaborate, at each session of the World Heritage Committee, a report on envisaged and concluded partnerships and requests that it be completed with an evaluation of these partnerships based on relevant tools, in particular on the use of the emblem and the benefits received, in order to ensure strict compliance with the Convention's principles and objectives;

6. Requests the World Heritage Centre to continue improving its report by adding to the Periodic Reports:

a) a general comment on progress made and gaps identified at global and regional levels, at thematic level, at the level of different financing sources, and at the level of financial partners or cooperation with States Parties, other Conventions, civil society and the private sector,

b) a comprehensive inventory of pending decisions and the foreseen dates of implementation,

c) a provisional priority activities plan for the following year including the formulation of objectives and expected results, as well as indications on related resources (human and financial);

7. Takes note of the recommendations of the International Seminar on the Role of Religious Communities in the Management of World Heritage properties, organized in Kiev, Ukraine, in November 2010, and requests the World Heritage Centre, in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies, to elaborate a thematic paper proposing to States Parties general guidance regarding the management of their cultural and natural heritage of religious interest, and in compliance with the national specificities, inviting States Parties to provide voluntary contributions to this end;   

8. Requests the Director of the World Heritage Centre to continue informing it on an annual basis on:

a) authorization granted by the World Heritage Centre on the use of the World Heritage emblem,

b) envisaged and concluded partnerships, with indications on the modalities and terms of such agreements,

and invites the Director to submit a draft of the new PACT Initiative Strategy, taking into account the results of the evaluation of the External Auditor on the PACT initiative for examination at its next session, one of its major objectives being the increase of resources to the World Heritage Fund to the benefit of International Assistance.

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35 COM 5B Reports of the Advisory Bodies The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/5B,

2. Takes note of the reports of the Advisory Bodies (ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN) on their activities and expresses its gratitude for the efforts towards the implementation of the Convention;

3. Requests the Advisory Bodies for the next sessions in order to take informed and transparent decisions:

a) to harmonize their reports, indicating the human and financial resources committed by the Advisory Bodies in the different activities they are in charge of,

b) to include a general joint comment on the progress made and gaps identified for the implementation of the Convention,

c) to present a joint summary table with the World Heritage Centre on their commitments and activities.

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35 COM 5C Follow-up of the recommendations by the External Auditor on the audit of the World Heritage Centre The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/5C,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 5G adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Also recalling Decision 184 EX 8 Part II, adopted by the UNESCO Executive Board at its 184th session (30 March - 15 April 2010),

4. Takes note with appreciation of the implementation of the 9 recommendations of the External Auditor, notably the centralisation of all calls for funds and collection of contributions by the Bureau of Financial Management, and the adoption of a result-based management approach;

5. Also takes note of the progress with 6 other recommendations of the External Auditor;

6. Notes with satisfaction the nomination of the Deputy Director for Management for the World Heritage Centre, thus closing the recruitment process for this post;

7. Requests the World Heritage Centre, in collaboration with the Internal Oversight Service (IOS), to prepare an audit plan on the Centre for the consideration of the 18th General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention in October 2011;

8. Further requests the World Heritage Centre to pursue the measures outlined in document WHC-10/34.COM/5G and to submit to it a progress report on the External Audit for consideration at its 36th session in 2012.

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35 COM 5D Roles of the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Documents WHC-11/35.COM/5D and WHC-11/35.COM/12B,

2. Recalling Decisions 33 COM 5A, and 34 COM 5C adopted at its 33rd (Seville, 2009), and 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions respectively,

3. Takes note of the above-mentioned documents and further notes the discussions at the expert meeting on decision-making procedures of the statutory organs of the World Heritage Convention (Bahrain, December 2010);

4. Requests the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to put in practice the mandated roles assigned to each under the World Heritage Convention and the Operational Guidelines and as clarified in the above-mentioned documents to improve the efficiency of the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

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35 COM 5E World Heritage Convention and sustainable development The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/5E,

2. Recalling Decisions 32 COM 10, 33 COM 14A.2, 34 COM 5D adopted at its 32nd (Quebec City, 2008), 33rd (Seville, 2009) and 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions respectively,

3. Welcomes the progress made in implementing the recommended actions;

4. Requests the World Heritage Centre, in collaboration with the Advisory Bodies, and with the support of interested States Parties to continue its efforts to implement various activities contained in the Action Plan 2012;

5. Also requests that the results of the proposed consultative meeting on "World Heritage and Sustainable Development" be reported for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012 and thanks the State Party of Brazil for its offer to host such a meeting.

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35 COM 5F World Heritage Tourism Programme The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/5F,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 5F.2 adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Thanks the Government of Switzerland for its offer of financial and technical support to specific activities supporting the Steering Group guiding the development of the new and inclusive Programme on World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism, and welcomes its offer to host an expert meeting in Sils/Engadine, Switzerland, in October 2011;

4. Also thanks the Governments of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Nordic World Heritage Foundation for organizing a Nordic-Baltic regional workshop in Visby, Gotland, Sweden in October 2010 on World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism;

5. Requests the World Heritage Centre to transmit to States Parties the draft of the new Programme on World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism for consultation and to present it to the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.

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35 COM 6 Progress report on the World Heritage related Category 2 centres The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/6,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 9C adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Thanks the Government of Bahrain for having hosted the first meeting of World Heritage related Category 2 centres and of relevant UNESCO Chairs and Higher Education and Research Institutions;

4. Takes note that the report on this meeting will be presented to the General Assembly of States Parties and the Committee;

5. Also takes note with satisfaction of the reports on the World Heritage related Category 2 centres in Bahrain, Brazil, China, Mexico, Norway and South Africa;

6. Recalls the key role that Category 2 centres can play in the implementation of the World Heritage strategy for capacity-building, in partnership with other existing training institutions, ICCROM and IUCN;

7. Encourages the consideration of proposals for the establishment of Category 2 research centres for World Heritage, particularly those that will promote a balanced World Heritage List in accordance with UNESCO's guidelines and criteria for Category 2 Institutes and centres;

8. Requests the World Heritage Centre to upload a consolidated web-page on the Category 2 centres' activities;

9. Further requests the World Heritage Centre to submit an updated report of activities of the World Heritage related Category 2 centres for examination at its 36th session in 2012.

10. Requests that the World Heritage Centre continues exploring funding possibilities in order to organize activities with the Category 2 centres;

11. Encourages the State Parties to the Convention to continue the funding support towards the sustainability of these Category 2 centres.

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35 COM 7.1 Recommendations of the International Expert Meeting on World Heritage and Buffer Zones The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7.1,

2. Recalling Decisions 30 COM 9, 32 COM 7.1, 33 COM 7C and 34 COM 19 adopted at its 30th (Vilnius, 2006), 32nd (Quebec City, 2008), 33rd (Seville, 2009) and 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions respectively, and the provisions for buffer zones established in the Operational Guidelines,

3. Notes the progress made with the wide range of issues relevant to World Heritage and buffer zones including the publication on "World Heritage and Buffer Zones" (World Heritage Papers 25), and considerations within discussions on "World Heritage and sustainable development";

4. Further notes that threats originating outside the World Heritage properties and beyond buffer zones may have adverse impacts on the Outstanding Universal Value of properties and therefore encourages States Parties, together with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies, to take into account the recommendations of the «International Expert Meeting on Buffer zones» (Davos, Switzerland 2008) as provided in the detailed report of the meeting and its publication;

5. Also encourages States Parties to refine and put in place relevant legal tools or management plans concerning the conservation of properties and management of buffer zones.

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35 COM 7.2 Evaluation of the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7.2,

2. Recalling Decisions 31 COM 5.2, 32 COM 7.3, 33 COM 7.2 and 34 COM 7.2, adopted at its 31st (Christchurch, 2007), 32nd (Quebec City, 2008), 33rd (Seville, 2009) and 34th (Brasilia, 2010) sessions respectively,

3. Notes the evaluation report on the implementation of the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism presented and the detailed statistical analysis;

4. Also notes the recommendations presented in Part III of the above-mentioned document and reiterates the principle for operation, outlined in Decision 31 COM 5.2, that reinforced monitoring is a constant cooperative process with the State Party concerned, which will always be undertaken in full consultation and with its approval;

5. Draws the attention of States Parties which are also parties to the Hague Convention of 1954 and related protocols to the provisions for the protection of cultural properties in the event of armed conflict;

6. Decides that in exceptional situations when the normal mechanisms of the Convention are not sufficient, urgent action is required that cannot wait for a decision by the Committee, and there is a critical danger of the property losing its Outstanding Universal Value between sessions, the Director-General of UNESCO, in consultation with the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee, can officially put forward concrete requests for action to the State(s) Party(ies), including requests for reports or missions, based on the information gathered and input provided by the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies;

7. Requests that mission reports be completed quickly and immediately made available to the Committee by the World Heritage Centre;

8. Also requests the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to report on actions taken under the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism, in the context of the State of Conservation Reports, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its next session;

9. Further requests that properties subject to the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism receive priority for international assistance if requested by the State(s) Party(ies).

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35 COM 7A.1 Manovo Gounda St. Floris National Park (Central African Republic) (N 475) The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7A,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7A.1, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Notes with concern the insufficient progress in implementing the corrective measures adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session (Seville, 2009);

4. Notes with alarm that transhumant cattle have invaded a large part of the Park, and artisanal, small-scale mining are occurring within the property, which may threaten the integrity of the property;

5. Expresses its deep concern that the aerial surveys of the 2010 Programme for the Conservation and Rational Use of Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa (ECOFAC) / MIKE (Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants) revealed that criteria (ix) and (x) are affected due to the disappearance of almost all key species of large mammals in the property, due to poaching and impacts of transhumant livestock;

6. Considers therefore that the Outstanding Universal Value of the property is seriously degraded, but that there is still potential for regeneration of wildlife populations from Village Hunting Zones (VHZ) nearby;

7. Requests the World Heritage Centre to support the State Party to organize a workshop to develop the emergency action plan to regenerate the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, and strongly encourages the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre an application for international assistance in this regard;

8. Reiterates its request that the States Parties of the Central African Republic, Chad and Sudan develop a common strategy to contribute to the regeneration of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property in a priority area of limited size;

9. Appeals to the International Community to provide financial and technical assistance for implementing the emergency plan;

10. Further considers that, in the absence of implementation of the emergency plan, the property will not meet in a very short time the conditions for removal of the property from the World Heritage List, under paragraph 192 of the Operational Guidelines;

11. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a detailed report on the elaboration, financing and implementation of an emergency plan to save the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012;

12. Decides to continue to apply the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism to the property;

13. Also decides to retain the Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park (Central African Republic) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

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35 COM 7A.2 Comoé National Park (Côte d’Ivoire) (N 227) The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7A,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7A.2, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Notes with concern the continuing  political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire, which has lead to the further intensification of illegal activities within Comoé National Park since 2002, including poaching and encroachment by cattle and agriculture;

4. Acknowledges the efforts made by the State Party and its conservation partners to reinforce the surveillance of the property, to develop a management plan, and to undertake a survey of the property's wildlife, but notes that as a result of the political crisis, only a few mixed ranger patrols have been deployed, resulting in little effective control and patrolling of the property;

5. Expresses its utmost concern about the results of the 2010 survey which show that the property has lost an estimated 80% of its large mammals in the last three decades and that its ecosystem has been seriously affected by the conversion of large areas to cattle grazing and agriculture, which demonstrates that the property's Outstanding Universal Value is seriously compromised, but that there remains potential for the recovery of the property's wildlife and ecosystems if urgent action is taken;

6. Decides to amend the corrective measures in line with the above in order to reflect the priority actions that are needed to conserve and restore the property's Outstanding Universal Value, and therefore adopts the following additional corrective measure:

Restore, as a matter of urgency, the integrity of the property by removing cattle and addressing agricultural encroachment;

7. Urges the State Party to implement the revised corrective measures adopted by the Committee at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011);

8. Encourages the State Party's conservation partners, including Global Environment Faciltiy (GEF)/World Bank, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Fauna and Flora International (FFI), IUCN and others, to continue their support for the property;

9. Requests the State Party to confirm officially that no mining exploration licenses covering the property have been granted;

10. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property and on the implementation of the revised corrective measures, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012;

11. Decides to retain Comoé National Park (Côte d'Ivoire) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

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35 COM 7A.3 Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve (Côte d’Ivoire/Guinea) (N 155 bis) The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7A,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7A.3, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Welcomes the signing of the Abidjan Declaration, July 2010, which aims to establish a joint system of monitoring and management coordination between the Guinean and Ivorian States Parties and strengthen tri-national cooperation, and reiterates its request to the States Parties to consult at the earliest to develop and implement a common strategy for the management and joint surveillance of Mount Nimba, by organising a meeting of the Tri-national Commission;

4. Notes with satisfaction the clarification of the legal status of the part of the property situated in Guinea, and confirmation by Côte d'Ivoire that no mining concession has been granted in the Ivorian part of the property;

5. Expresses its deep concern about the possible consequences of the current political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire on the worsening security in the Ivorian part of the property, which would prevent regular access by the management authority and severely compromise the progress made by the State Party in setting up a management body and beginning procedures for the elaboration of a joint management plan;

6. Notes with concern the insufficient progress in implementing the corrective measures adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 31st (Christchurch, 2007) and 32nd (Quebec City, 2008) sessions, and urges both States Parties to intensify their efforts to pursue the implementation of corrective measures and other recommendations of the World Heritage Committee;

7. Requests the State Party of Guinea to encourage periodical monitoring of the effectiveness of the management of the property, using the tool "Enhancing Our Heritage", to better implement the current priorities for the management of the property;

8. Further requests both States Parties to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1February2012, a detailed report on the state of conservation and the progress made in implementing the corrective measures and other recommendations of the 2007 and 2008 missions, and in eliminating threats linked to mining prospecting, for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012;

9. Decides to retain the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve (Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

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35 COM 7A.4 Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (N 63) The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7A.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7A.4, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Extends its sincerest condolences to the families of the guards killed during operations to protect the property since its last session;

4. Welcomes the significant efforts made by the managing authority (ICCN), with the support of donors and conservation partners to implement the corrective measures despite very difficult conditions, especially the persistent problems related to the lack of security;

5. Expresses its deep concern at the alarming decline in numbers of most species of large mammals from 50% to 96%, with the exception of mountain gorillas, since the property was inscribed on the World Heritage List, and the persistent threats to the territorial integrity of the Park from illegal occupations;

6. Takes note of the conclusion of the mission that the Outstanding Universal Value of the property is seriously deteriorated, but could be recovered if the corrective measures are implemented, if a sustained period of good protection can be ensured, and if the Queen Elisabeth National Park in Uganda can continue to serve as a source of repopulation of large mammals for the property;

7. Reiterates its deep concern on the granting of the petroleum exploration permit in an area covering part of the territory of the property, and recalls its position on the incompatibility of petroleum exploration and exploitation with World Heritage status;

8. Also welcomes the decision of the State Party to suspend petroleum exploration in the property, following the commitments contained in the Kinshasa Declaration, pending a strategic environmental assessment, and urges the State Party to cancel any petroleum exploration permit within the boundaries of the property;

9. Urges the State Party to implement corrective measures as updated by the 2010 joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN reactive monitoring mission, and in accordance with the commitments contained in the Declaration of Kinshasa to rehabilitate the Outstanding Universal Value of the property:

a) Take steps at the highest level to stop the illegal exploitation of natural resources of the Park, particularly poaching, charcoal production and fishing by undisciplined members of the army and armed groups operating within the property,

b) Strengthen efforts to disarm armed groups operating in and around the property, in cooperation with the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO),

c) Close and remove immediately the Nyaleke army training and reunification camp within the Park, in accordance with the decision of the Minister of Defence,

d) Take measures at the highest level to enable the ICCN to continue without political interference, the peaceful evacuation of illegal occupants from the property,

e) Continue law enforcement focusing on priority areas, and maintain the measures taken in the context of the institutional reform to re-motivate the personnel of the Park,

f) Pursue communication and awareness-raising actions targeted towards the authorities and local populations,

g) Pursue actions to eliminate all production of charcoal within the property, and promote alternative energy sources;

10. Requests the MONUSCO to establish a waste management system for their camp in Rwindi within the property, and provide for the dismantling of the infrastructure of the camp upon termination of the mission;

11. Also takes note of the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger prepared jointly by the 2010 World Heritage Centre/IUCN mission and the State Party;

12. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a report on the state of conservation as well as on progress in implementing corrective measures, for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 36 session in 2012;

13. Decides to maintain the application of the Reinforced Monitoring Mechanism;

14. Also decides to retain the Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

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35 COM 7A.5 Kahuzi-Biega National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (N 137) The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7A.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7A.5, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Notes with satisfaction the substantial progress made in evacuating the armed groups from the property, increasing patrol coverage and closing down illegal mining areas;

4. Expresses its hope that necessary security conditions can now be progressively created to enable the managers of the property to progress in the implementation of the corrective measures;

5. Welcomes the approval of the general management plan and the June 2010 study to assess the different options to address the problem of the villages included in the lowland sector of the park;

6. Notes with concern that no progress was made in the resolution of the illegal occupation of the corridor and the granting of mining concessions, and urges the State Party to address these issues in line with the commitments made by the Prime Minister in the Kinshasa Declaration;

7. Requests the State Party to continue to implement the corrective measures as updated by the joint World Heritage Centre/ IUCN reactive monitoring mission in 2009, to rehabilitate the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

8. Reiterates its request that the State Party conduct as soon as possible an inventory of species retained as indicators for the Desired state of conservation for removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger, to determine the current state of the biodiversity in the property and to establish the base reference to enable monitoring of the restoration of these values and establish a timeline for removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger;

9. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a report on the state of conservation of the property, including an update on the state of mining concessions granted in the property, progress achieved in the resolution of illegal occupation of the corridor, as well as progress in the accomplishment of the corrective measures, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012;

10. Decides to continue to apply the Reinforced monitoring mechanism;

11. Also decides to retain Kahuzi-Biega National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

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35 COM 7A.6 Garamba National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (N 136) The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7A.Add;

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7A.6, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010);

3. Welcomes the improvement of the general security situation and the improved cooperation of park staff with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) army stationed around the park, but remains concerned about the presence of some remaining groups of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in and around the property;

4. Also welcomes the progress made in implementing the corrective measures updated by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010) following the 2009 joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN reactive monitoring mission;

5. Reiterates its concern with regard to the possible extinction of the Northern White Rhinoceros of which there is no trace despite intensive surveys in the property and in the adjacent hunting areas, and considers that if its extinction is confirmed, other options, such as the possible cross breeding of the remaining captive animals with southern white rhino with a view to the possible future reintroduction, should be envisaged;

6. Urges the State Party, in view of the improving security situation, to step up the efforts to implement the corrective measures to rehabilitate the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

7. Requests the State Party, based on the results of the forthcoming survey and in consultation with the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to finalize the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger and update the required timeframe, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012;

8. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a report on the state of conservation of the property, including an update on the progress achieved in the implementation of the corrective measures, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012;

9. Decides to continue the application of the Reinforced monitoring mechanism to the property;

10. Also decides to retain Garamba National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.  

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35 COM 7A.7 Salonga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (N 280) The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7A.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7A.7, adopted at its 34rd session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Reiterates its concern about the delay in the implementation of the corrective measures established by the World Heritage Committee at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007), in particular the anti-poaching strategy and the joint operation between the park's management authority (ICCN) and the Congolese Army to remove poachers and armed groups from the property;

4. Regrets that no information was provided on the strategy to minimize and mitigate the impact of villages in the Park, the agreements under discussion with the local communities on the use of the natural resources and the preliminary studies conducted on the establishment of a corridor between the two parts of the property as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session and urges the State Party to provide this information as soon as possible and before the requested reactive monitoring mission to the property, together with a copy of the draft of a General Management Plan;

5. Reiterates its request to the State Party to reinforce its efforts to implement the corrective measures, and to report on a regular basis on its implementation as part of the Reinforced monitoring mechanism;

6. Requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN reactive monitoring mission to evaluate the state of conservation of the property and progress achieved in the implementation of the corrective measures, to develop a draft Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger in cooperation with the State Party, and to update the corrective measures and the timetable for their implementation;

7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1February2012, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property and progress achieved in the implementation of all the corrective measures, in particular those regarding the organization of a combined anti-poaching operation in cooperation with the Congolese Army (FARDC) to secure the property, and on the implementation of the strategy for anti-poaching, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012;

8. Decides to continue to apply the Reinforced monitoring mechanism;

9. Also decides to retain Salonga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

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35 COM 7A.8 Okapi Wildlife Reserve (Democratic Republic of the Congo) (N 718) The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7A.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7A.8, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the guards who were killed during protection operations at the property since its previous session;

4. Welcomes the continued efforts to implement the corrective measures, and in particular the preparation of the management plan and efforts to curb poaching;

5. Expresses its concern about the preliminary results of the 2011 wildlife survey, which seem to indicate that contrary to expectations, the recovery of wildlife populations has not yet started but that populations of certain wildlife species continue to decline and requests the State Party once the final results are available to assess the current status of the Outstanding Universal Value in relation to the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger in order to review the need to update the corrective measures and the timeline for their implementation;

6. Reiterates the need to put in place appropriate actions to facilitate the control of traffic on the RN4 road crossing the Reserve by the management authority of the property, the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN), in particular the closure of the road for traffic during the night and the installation of a toll system;

7. Urges the State Party to continue to implement the updated corrective measures adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session (Sevilla, 2009);

8. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a report on the state of conservation of the property, in particular on the status of the Outstanding Universal Value based on the final results of the 2011 survey, on progress accomplished in the implementation of the corrective measures as well as the other recommendations of the 2009 mission, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012;

9. Decides to retain Okapi Wildlife Reserve (Democratic Republic of the Congo) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

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