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Committee Decisions

32 COM 7B.2

Vredefort Dome (South Africa) (N1162)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-08/32.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 29 COM 8B.4, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005),

3. Requests the State Party to implement the recommendations of the 2008 Reactive Monitoring mission as soon as possible, including:

a) through its relevant Ministry and the Department of Environment and Tourism, undertake urgently all the necessary steps to have the property proclaimed under national law and adopt the 2007 integrated management plan;

b) in consultation with the landowners, clearly demarcate appropriate boundaries of the buffer zone of the property and obtain endorsement for its legal proclamation and for the 2007 Integrated management plan to ensure adequate legal protection of the property and its effective management;

c) provide as a matter of priority the urgently required resources for management and for staff and services within the property;

d) take urgent action to reduce the level of pollution in the Vaal River and conduct regular monitoring, including the monitoring of ground water quality and levels;

e) establish clear policies for appropriate land use, particularly in relation to agriculture and tourism;

f) ensure development is effectively regulated in relation to environmental legislation and that any development does not threaten the Outstanding Universal Value and integrity of the property;

g) ensure that the issue of fire hazard is addressed as a matter of urgency through the provision of an on-site fire fighting facility equipped and manned for rapid response;

4. Calls upon the international community to assist the State Party by mobilizing financial resources to enable the efficient management of the Vredefort Dome;

5. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property, including progress in implementing the recommendations of the 2008 monitoring mission, and in providing adequate legal protection to the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

Themes: Conservation, Operational Guidelines
States Parties: South Africa
Properties: Vredefort Dome
Session: 32COM