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Committee Decisions

31 COM 7B.35

Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.29, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Notes that the serious threats identified in the previous missions have intensified;

4.       Commends the State Party of Ecuador, for the decisive action taken through the Presidential Decree issued on 10 April 2007 declaring the conservation and environmental management of the Galapagos ecosystem in a state of risk and national priority, and outlining an agenda to systematically address the various factors affecting the state of conservation of the property;

5.       Appeals to the international donor and conservation community to work with the Government of Ecuador in a fully coordinated and complementary manner to support the effective and urgent implementation of the reform agenda outlined in the Presidential Decree, as prioritised in the recommendations of the World Heritage Centre / IUCN mission of 2006 and encourages the State Party to arrange a donor's conference with the objective of identifying and coordinating support for the conservation of the property under a common conservation framework;          

6.       Reminds States Parties of their obligation under Article 6.3 of the World Heritage Convention not to take any deliberate measures which might damage World Heritage properties situated on the territory of other States Parties;

7.       Takes note of the comprehensive action plan developed by the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador to deal with the 15 issues highlighted by the Committee in its Decision 30 COM 7B.29 and strongly recommends that its implementation be harmonised and coordinated with the process outlined in the Presidential Decree;

8.       Encourages the State Party to assess the structure, finances and operations of the Galapagos National Park Service, with the objective of ensuring that it is well positioned to carry out its full range of responsibilities;

9.       Requests the State Party to submit a report to the World Heritage Centre by 1 November 2007 on progress made in implementing the agenda outlined in the Presidential Decree, and a plan of action for completing all the decreed actions;

10.     Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2008 a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value, a draft statement of desired state of conservation and  a comprehensive report on the state of conservation of the property, including the implementation of the corrective measures identified in the action plan, and the various measures tasked by the Presidential Decree, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 32nd session in 2008;

11.     Decides to inscribe the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) in the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Documents
PDF Original Decision Document
Context of Decision
PDF WHC-07/31.COM/24
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Ecuador
Properties: Galápagos Islands
Session: 31COM