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Decision : 32 COM 7B.10
The Sundarbans (Bangladesh) (N 798)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Offers its sympathy for the tragic loss of life as a result of cyclone Sidr;

3. Calls upon the international community to support the State Party in its efforts to re-establish full management capacity at the property as soon as possible:

4. Requests the State Party to implement the recommendations of the Reactive Monitoring mission, and place particular emphasis on the following:

a) produce a detailed restoration and recovery plan;

b) restore management capacity to:

i) restore field stations and forest patrols;

ii) communication and transport equipment;

iii) implement ecological monitoring;

c) support the revival of livelihood activities, including ecotourism;

d) engage with local communities to communicate the importance of the property to sustainable livelihoods and to determine alternatives to encroachment into the property;

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

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Bangladesh
Properties: The Sundarbans
Year: 2008
Decision Code: 32 COM 7B.10