28 COM 15B.9
Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas (China)
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Expresses its gravest concerns on the impacts that the proposed construction of dams could have on the outstanding universal value of this World Heritage property; 2. Invites the State Party to respond to the calls of its academicians, conservationists and scientists and consider letting the Nu Jiang River continue to flow naturally through and beside the World Heritage area; 3. Recognizes the importance of the energy sector in the development of the Yunnan Province and urges the Provincial and the Central Governments to seek alternatives to hydropower in order to ensure long-term protection of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas which harbours the richest biodiversity assemblage in China and may be the most biologically diverse temperate ecosystem in the world; 4. Requests the State Party to provide a report to the World Heritage Centre as soon as possible, but no later than 1 February 2005 on the status of dam construction in or around the World Heritage property for examination by the Committee at its 29th session in 2005.