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Decision : 30 COM 7B.4
State of Conservation (Dja Faunal Reserve)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-06/30.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 29 COM 7B.2, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005),

3. Notes with satisfaction the completion of the World Heritage Centre/IUCN monitoring mission to the World Heritage property;

4. Notes with concern that the Management Plan is not yet officially in force;

5. Requests the State Party to undertake the necessary measures to:

a) Publish without delay the Ministerial decree for the enforcement of the Management Plan of the property and initiate its implementation;

b) Make necessary arrangements to provide the Dja Faunal Reserve with financial autonomy as regards the implementation of activities for continuous surveillance, anti-poaching, and the coordination of activities of the different actors within and at the periphery of the Reserve;

c) Establish a Coordination Unit for the conservation of the property and provide it with all necessary means for the satisfactory execution of its mission, clarifying the hierarchical structure of the Dja Conservation Service;

d) Give more emphasis and greater acknowledgement to the village committees as regards surveillance and anti-poaching activities; and integrate them into anti-poaching programmes and provide them with all the necessary means to carry out their role in the anti-poaching activities within the Reserve;

e) Pay particular attention to the use of provisional operation permits of the Forest Development Units adjacent to the Reserve, as well as to all the clearing permits for agro-industrial and mining activities;

f) Carry out an in-depth analysis of the environmental and social impact study of the GEOVIC mining concession close to the property by independent internationally recognized experts and request the World Heritage Centre and IUCN to assist the State Party in the choice of these experts;

6. Invites the international donor community to support the implementation of the Management Plan as soon as it comes into force;

7. Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2007, with a report on the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations of the monitoring mission.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: AFR
States Parties: Cameroon
Properties: Dja Faunal Reserve
Year: 2006
Decision Code: 30 COM 7B.4