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Decision : 31 COM 7B.25
State of conservation of World Heritage Properties - Golden Mountains of Altai (Russian Federation)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.19, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.Notes that the State Party has developed comprehensive monitoring and education programmes for the property and that development of a transboundary biosphere reserve is ongoing;

4.Regrets that the State Party has not provided the specific information on its plans for the development of the gas pipeline as requested by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006) and in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines;

5.Urges the State Party to assess, in consultation with the local communities, any impact of proposed development projects on the outstanding universal value and integrity of the property before implementing such development projects and to submit as soon as they are available to the World Heritage Centre the planning documents, including the Environmental Impact Assessment and a map showing the location of the planned routing of the pipeline in relation to the boundary and zones of the property;

6.Also notes that construction of a gas pipeline through this World Heritage property would represent a clear case for inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger;

7.Requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN mission to the property to assess the state of conservation of the property;

8.Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2008 a report on the state of conservation of the property including information on the status of the planned pipeline project for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Russian Federation
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.25