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Committee Decisions

33 COM 7B.13

Kaziranga National Park (India) (N 337)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 32 COM 7B.12, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Welcomes the efforts of the Government of Assam to upgrade the conservation status of a part of the North Karbi Anglong reserve forest to a Wildlife Sanctuary, which will support the protection of the values of the property;

4. Encourages the State Party to report on trends in key wildlife populations, in order to allow effective monitoring of the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, and to assess the impact of poaching, and monitor the implementation of the recommendations of the 2007 Enhancing Our Heritage Management Effectiveness Evaluation Report;

5. Requests the State Party to increase efforts to prevent poaching, by ensuring adequate financial and equipment support to the anti-poaching activities in the property and by engaging the local communities;

6. Notes the proposed alternatives to the planned upgrading of the NH37 and reiterates its request to prepare and to submit to the World Heritage Centre an Environmental Impact Assessment taking into account the three options identified and their potential impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, in accordance with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines, before a final decision is taken;

7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a report on the state of conservation of the property, in particular on the question of the approval and location of the alternative route to the highway NH37, efforts to curb poaching and results of monitoring, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: India
Session: 33COM