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Decision : 33 COM 7B.10
Serengeti National Park (United Republic of Tanzania) (N 156)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.10, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Urges the State Party to ensure that the water resource studies recommended by Environmental Impact Assessment studies are carried out as quickly as possible; and to provide copies of these studies to the World Heritage Centre;

4. Notes the steps taken towards transboundary collaboration on integrated water resource management of the Mara River between the State Party of Tanzania and the State Party of Kenya and encourages the States Parties to enact necessary policies to ensure that the Outstanding Universal Value of the property is not degraded due to insufficient water resources;

5. Also encourages the State Party to consider and assess with the support of the World Heritage Centre, IUCN and local stakeholders the feasibility of extending the boundaries of the property;

6. Expresses concern over the potential impact of installation of optical cables through the property and urges the State Party to ensure that the results of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the fibre optic cable are submitted to the World Heritage Centre as soon as possible;

7. Requests the State Party to implement the recommendations of the Environmental Impact Assessment with the objectives of the management plan of the property to maintain the Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

8. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2010, an updated report on the state of conservation of the property including information on planned fibre optic cables route, water management measures and progress in implementing the Environmental Impact Assessment recommendations.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 7B.10