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Committee Decisions

29 COM 7B.8

Keoladeo National Park (India)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Expresses its serious concern over the current situation at the Keoladeo National Park (KNP) resulting from inadequate release of water to maintain the wetland ecosystem of the property;

3. Considers necessary that the required quantity of water is released to the KNP from the Panchana Dam between the months of July and September 2005, and regularly each year thereafter, and that essential repairs are made to the Ghana canal, which carries water from the Ajan Dam to the Park, to avoid water losses during such transmission;

4. Requests the State Party of India to submit, not later than 1 February 2006, a comprehensive report to the World Heritage Centre on the state of conservation of the property, including in particular the steps taken to resolve the water crisis and providing information for each of the last ten years on:

a) the extent of the wetland ecosystem within the Park;

b) the species diversity and numbers of migratory birds and the resident nesting birds;

c) the number of feral cattle grazing inside the Park;

d) the number of tourists; and

e) any other information considered relevant for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).

Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: APA
States Parties: India
Session: 29COM