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Decision : 31 COM 7B.4
State of conservation of World Heritage Properties - Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls

The World Heritage Committee,

1.Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2.Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.8, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.Expresses its concern about uncontrolled urban development, unplanned tourism development, noise and water pollution, and invasive species, which continue to threaten the integrity of the property;

4.Regrets that the recommendations of the 2002 bi-lateral workshop have not yet been implemented;

5.Notes with satisfaction some progress made in the development of a Joint Integrated Management Plan and national management plans;

6.Also notes the State Party of Zambia's moratorium on some construction and tourism infrastructure projects;

7.Urges both States Parties of Zambia and Zimbabwe to urgently implement the recommendations of the 2002 bilateral workshop and those of the 2006 monitoring mission as follows:

     a)Establishment of a Joint Ministerial Committee (including appropriate technical sub-committees) for effective transboundary coordination,

     b)Implementation of the Joint Integrated Management Plan for the World Heritage property and secure necessary approvals and funding for its implementation. All issues related to development of infrastructure, tourism facilities and services, eradication of invasive species, control of pollution and extraction of water from the Zambezi should be fully considered and addressed in the Joint Integrated Management Plan, consistent with the recommendations of the 2002 bilateral workshop,

     c)Pending action by the two States Parties on these points, there should be a complete moratorium on the construction and development of all tourism infrastructure, facilities or services within the World Heritage property,

     d)Development of a draft statement of desired state of conservation which can be assessed during the monitoring of the property's state of conservation and better address management and protection concerns;

8.Commends the State Party of Zambia for the immediate cessation of the Mosi-oa-Tunya Hotel and Country Club Estate project and the tethered balloon project;

9.Invites both States Parties to work closely with IUCN and the World Heritage Centre for development of the Joint Integrated Management Plan and for building the capacity needed for its implementation;

10.Requests both States Parties to provide to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2008 detailed reports on the state of conservation of the property, including information on the potential impact of all new tourism developments, as well as progress made in implementing the Joint Integrated Management Plan and the other recommendations of the 2006 monitoring mission for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Zambia Zimbabwe
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.4