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Committee Decisions

33 COM 7B.17

Sagarmatha National Park (Nepal) (N 120)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 31 COM 7B.19, adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3. Regrets that the State Party did not submit a report on the state of conservation of the property, as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 31st session;

4. Reiterates its request to the State Party to provide information on the Kongde View Resort and the Supreme Court decision, and any other developments within the property and to carry out consultation with stakeholders on mitigation measures before any development operations begin, as requested by the World Heritage Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006);

5. Requests the State Party to strengthen the implementation of its strategies to achieve the objectives of the property's management and tourism plan, and prioritise the following:

a) Protecting endangered species and habitats,

b) Clarifying the extent and location of mining of rock, sand, and turf,

c) Reducing pressure on forest and rangelands from wood gathering,

d) Controlling environmental pollution,

e) Monitoring the state of conservation of the property;

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

7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2010 a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property including progress on the issues outlined above, in particular on the measures that will be taken to maintain the Outstanding Universal Value of the property in the face of climate change and growing tourism pressure, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session in 2010.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Nepal
Session: 33COM