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Decision : 31 COM 7B.12
State of conservation of World Heritage properties - Banc d’Arguin National Park

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.9, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.Welcomes that the State Party has completed the Management Plan, begun to implement an Ecotourism Strategy, and has passed several key laws necessary for the effective management and protection of the property;

4.Notes with concern that the State Party reports that illegal activities are threatening the integrity of the marine portion of the property;

5.Regrets that the State Party did not report on progress made in addressing many of the recommendations as requested in the 29th (Durban, 2005) and 30th (Vilnius, 2006) sessions, nor on the mitigation measures for the new Nouadhibou-Nouakchott road;

6.Reiterates its request to implement the above mentioned recommendations and in particular:

     a)to seek "particularly sensitive sea area" (PSSA) status from the International Maritime Organisation as soon as possible, and to pass a law that prevents prospecting, exploration or exploitation of mineral or petrochemical resources within the property;

     b)to implement a programme to monitor the threats to marine resources,

     c)to produce and implement an Oil Spill Emergency Response Plan in consultation with IUCN and the petrochemical industry, using international best practice;

7.Further requests that the State Party submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2008 a report on the state of conservation of the property and on progress made in achieving the recommendations from the 29th (Durban, 2005) and 30th (Vilnius, 2006) sessions, as well as those mentioned above, for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Mauritania
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.12