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Decision : 35 COM 7A.2
Comoé National Park (Côte d’Ivoire) (N 227)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-11/35.COM/7A,

2. Recalling Decision 34 COM 7A.2, adopted at its 34th session (Brasilia, 2010),

3. Notes with concern the continuing  political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire, which has lead to the further intensification of illegal activities within Comoé National Park since 2002, including poaching and encroachment by cattle and agriculture;

4. Acknowledges the efforts made by the State Party and its conservation partners to reinforce the surveillance of the property, to develop a management plan, and to undertake a survey of the property's wildlife, but notes that as a result of the political crisis, only a few mixed ranger patrols have been deployed, resulting in little effective control and patrolling of the property;

5. Expresses its utmost concern about the results of the 2010 survey which show that the property has lost an estimated 80% of its large mammals in the last three decades and that its ecosystem has been seriously affected by the conversion of large areas to cattle grazing and agriculture, which demonstrates that the property's Outstanding Universal Value is seriously compromised, but that there remains potential for the recovery of the property's wildlife and ecosystems if urgent action is taken;

6. Decides to amend the corrective measures in line with the above in order to reflect the priority actions that are needed to conserve and restore the property's Outstanding Universal Value, and therefore adopts the following additional corrective measure:

Restore, as a matter of urgency, the integrity of the property by removing cattle and addressing agricultural encroachment;

7. Urges the State Party to implement the revised corrective measures adopted by the Committee at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011);

8. Encourages the State Party's conservation partners, including Global Environment Faciltiy (GEF)/World Bank, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Fauna and Flora International (FFI), IUCN and others, to continue their support for the property;

9. Requests the State Party to confirm officially that no mining exploration licenses covering the property have been granted;

10. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2012, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property and on the implementation of the revised corrective measures, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th session in 2012;

11. Decides to retain Comoé National Park (Côte d'Ivoire) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties: Côte d'Ivoire
Properties: Comoé National Park
Year: 2011
Decision Code: 35 COM 7A.2