Decision : CONF 203 VIII.A.2
Natural Property not Inscribed
Property: Vodlozero National Park
Id. N°: 767
State Party: Russian Federation
The Committee noted that the site consists of boreal forest ecosystems of the Eurasian taiga and is an important bird breeding area. It is of European importance, but on its own, does not meet any natural World Heritage criteria. The Committee took note of the rich cultural heritage of the region and encouraged the State Party to consider nomination the area for cultural values.
The Committee decided not to inscribe the site on the World Heritage List. The Committee noted the possibility of Vodlozero being considered as part of a serial site proposal being developed by the State Party for the Green Belt of Fennoscandia. The Delegate of Finland informed the Committee that the Scandinavian countries are ready to assist with this proposal and would also provide support for the assessment of cultural values. The Observer from Russia indicated that his Government would continue to work on a proposed serial site.