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Committee Decisions

34 COM 7B.31

Iguaçu National Park (Brazil) (N355)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

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

3. Welcomes the development of an international agreement between Brazil and Argentina covering the joint management and monitoring of Iguaçu and Iguazu National Parks, which when signed and effectively enforced should provide a permanent and effective mechanism for transboundary cooperation, and invites the State Parties of Brazil and Argentina to submit a copy of this agreement to the World Heritage Centre once it is signed;

4. Notes the initial meetings between Iguaçu and Iguazu National Parks to jointly revise both properties' management plans, and also invites the State Parties of Brazil and Argentina, to submit an International Assistance Request to organize a series of joint management planning workshops;

5. Encourages the State Party of Brazil to develop a more detailed research and monitoring strategy for key species and to ensure that adequate funding is secured for its implementation;

6. Reiterates its request to the State Party of Brazil to fully implement the recommendations of the 2008 mission, to inform the World Heritage Centre of any plans regarding the construction of hydroelectric dams that may affect the property, and to explore legal options, including the potential revision and amendment of the existing decree, to ensure the development of a qualified ranger corps specifically trained in conservation issues to address the ongoing threats to the property;

7. Requests the State Party of Brazil, in coordination with the State Party of Argentina, to submit to the World Heritage Centre a draft Statement of Outstanding Universal Value for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011 and, by 1 February 2012, a detailed report, on the state of conservation of the property, including progress on signing singing the joint management agreement, progress in joint revision of both park's management plans, studying the impacts of weekly variations in the water volumes of the Iguaçu River and Falls on the property's scenic and biodiversity values for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Brazil
Properties: Iguaçu National Park
Session: 34COM