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Decision : 33 COM 7B.1
Dja Wildlife Reserve (Cameroun) (N 407)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B.Add,

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.5, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Regrets that, in its report, the State Party did not consider a number of the threats to the property that have been noted in previous decisions;

4. Expresses its concern that mining activities are progressing near the property and its buffer zone, in advance of consideration of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA);

5. Urges the State Party to ensure that the operations of the mining concessions adjacent to the property, including those operated by the company GEOVIC are fully assessed prior to activity commencing or further permissions being given, and requests the State Party to submit the ESIA to the World Heritage Centre as soon as possible, for consideration prior to any permissions for mining being granted;

6. Also requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre / IUCN monitoring mission to the property, in order to evaluate the state of conservation of the property, the implementation of the recommendations of the 2006 mission and the threats from mining proposals and industrial farming that might affect the property;

7. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2010, a report on the state of conservation of the property in relation to the above mentioned threats, and including information on the impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Cameroon
Properties: Dja Faunal Reserve
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 7B.1