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Decision : 31 COM 7B.20
State of conservation of World Heritage Properties - Tubbataha Reef Marine Park

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.16, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.Notes with appreciation the results and recommendations of the National Workshop on the Management of the Tubbataha Reefs and the Greater Sulu Sea;

4.Commends the State Party for the efforts made in expanding the boundary of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park;

5.Requests the State Party to submit a re-nomination of the property as a result of the significant boundary modifications for Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in accordance with Paragraph 165 of the Operational Guidelines;

6.Urges the State Party to implement recommendations adopted by the Committtee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006), in particular ensuring sufficient funding for the management of the property and enacting the Tubbataha Protected Areas Bill as soon as possible, taking into account the concerns of the Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board;

7.Also requests the State Party to provide to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a report on the state of conservation of the property, including information on the implications of mining operations on the property, and progress made with the implementation of the above mentioned recommendations for examination by the Committee at its 33 session in 2009.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Philippines
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.20