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Committee Decisions

34 COM 7B.13

Lorentz National Park (Indonesia) (N 955)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-10/34.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 32COM 7B.15, adopted at its 32nd session (Quebec City, 2008),

3. Welcomes that the Draft Management Plan for 2010-2013 is being prepared in collaboration with WWF Papua Sahul;

4. Notes with grave concern that the priority recommendation of the 2008 reactive monitoring mission, i.e. ceasing road construction and addressing forest die-back, have not been implemented, and that extensive threats to the property in the Lake Habema and southern lowland regions have resulted in these areas of the property becoming seriously degraded;

5. Urges the State Party to fully implement the recommendations of the 2008 mission and to prioritize those which are most urgent, in particular:

a) Cease all road construction in the Lake Habema region and rehabilitate recently constructed roads and mitigate their impacts, and

b) Identify and control the die-back disease threatening the Nothofagus forests in the Lake Habema region;

6. Also urges the State Party to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Strategic Plan for Lake Habema, which includes provisions for additional roads, in order to identify the least environmentally damaging transport options for the alpine region of the property, including alternatives to road building;

7. Requests the State Party to convene an international workshop in 2010 to explore all options for the effective management of Lorentz National Park, with the participation of international donors, international and local NGOs, local communities, PT Freeport, IUCN, and the World Heritage Centre, and encourages the State Party to submit a request for International Assistance to support the workshop;

8. Also requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN reactive monitoring mission in 2010 to assess the impacts of road construction, forest dieback, illegal logging, poaching and illegal fishing on the property's values and integrity;

9. Calls upon the international community to support the State Party in resolving the severe constraints to the effective operation of the park management including funding, limited monitoring and surveillance equipment, and limited staff capacity and technical expertise;

10. Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a report on the state of conservation of the property, and progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the 2008 monitoring mission, in particular the cessation of damaging road construction, rehabilitation of existing roads, mitigation of impacts, and research into forest die-back, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

Documents
PDF Original Decision Document
Context of Decision
PDF WHC-10/34.COM/7B
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Indonesia
Properties: Lorentz National Park
Session: 34COM