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Decision : 33 COM 7B.32
Gough and Inaccessible Islands (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) (N 740)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decisions 28 COM 14B.17 and 32 COM 7B.27 adopted at its 28th (Suzhou, 2004) and 32nd (Quebec City, 2008) sessions respectively,

3. Notes the ongoing research efforts taking place at the property;

4. Notes with concern the threats to the property by invasive species and the decline in conservation status of Northern Rockhopper Penguin, Tristan Albatross and Gough Bunting;

5. Requests the State Party to ensure continuous programmes of eradication of Sagina for at least the next three years, and to eradicate mice within five years; and urges the State Party to make sufficient funds available for the rapid implementation of projects for the eradication of the introduced species;

6. Also requests the State Party to support research to identify the causes of bird population declines and identify conservation measures to reverse these declines; including an assessment of possible management interventions to address seabird population declines caused by long line fishing;

7. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, an updated report on the status of the eradication programme and an assessment of the status of and threats to the Outstanding Universal Value of the property, for review by the World Heritage Centre and IUCN.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 7B.32