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Decision : 33 COM 7B.7
Rwenzori Mountains National Park (Uganda) (N 684)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.9, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Notes with satisfaction the progress made by the State Party in addressing threats and management issues in the property;

4. Encourages the State Party to continue its efforts to establish a sustainable financing strategy for the property and calls on the international donor community to continue its support for the management of the property;

5. Urges the State Party to take the necessary steps to ensure that all licences for mining within the property are eliminated, and that no further mining licenses are issued within the property, in line with the international policy statement of the International Council of Minerals and Metals (ICMM) of not undertaking these activities in World Heritage properties;

6. Welcomes the development of an ecological monitoring plan to monitor the Outstanding Universal Value and integrity of the property and requests the State Party to submit a copy to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2010, together with copies of any more specific monitoring reports that have been completed on the values of the property as referred to in the State Party report;

7. Invites the State Party to exchange experiences with other States Parties and experts, including experts of the IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), on mountain World Heritage conservation and climate change, to explore appropriate and practical adaptation and mitigation strategies for maintaining the Outstanding Universal Value of the property in the long term;

8. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a report on the state of conservation of the property, including confirmation of the permanent elimination of mining concessions, a detailed ecological monitoring report, and progress on the provision of adequate funding for the management of the property and the other issues noted above, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Uganda
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 7B.7