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Decision : 31 COM 7B.6
State of conservation of World Heritage Properties - Taï National Park

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.Recalling Decision 28 COM 15B.3 adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3.Commends the State Party for its on-going efforts for the protection of Taï National Park, and resumption of management and research within the park;

4.Notes with concern that population pressure and illegal activities, particularly poaching, continue to affect the integrity and values of the property;

5.Urges the State Party to implement the following emergency actions recommended by the 2006 UNESCO-IUCN monitoring mission:

     a)Strengthen surveillance and improve data collection while controlling poaching;

     b)Conduct ecological and wildlife surveys based on the new protocols from the Management Plan for the park;

     c)Extend the socio-economic and educational activities currently to the east of the park also to the west;

     d)Assess the feasibility of ecological corridors;

6.Requests the State Party to implement also the other recommendations of the 2006 UNESCO-IUCN monitoring mission within the 10 year timeframe proposed by the mission;

7.Encourages the State Party to expand its cooperation with the neighbouring communities particularly with respect to micro-enterprise development and educational activities;

8.Also requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, with an updated report on the state of conservation of the property, in particular on progress made in implementing the emergency actions, and the other recommendations of the 2006 monitoring mission for examination by the Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Côte d'Ivoire
Properties: Taï National Park
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.6