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Committee Decisions

36 COM 7A.2

Comoé National Park (Côte d’Ivoire) (N 227)

1.  Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A,

2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.2, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.  Notes with satisfaction the normalisation of the socio-political situation of the country and the restoration of State authority over the property as reported by the State Party;

4. Reiterates its utmost concern that the Outstanding Universal Value of the property appears to be seriously compromised and considers that a census of the populations of key species and indications of poaching and other threats such as the straying of cattle and agricultural encroachment is necessary to assess the status of Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

5. Requests the State Party, with the support from IUCN, to develop a three-year project to rehabilitate the property with clear and achievable goals, and encourages the State Party to mobilize the necessary funds for its implementation;

6. Appeals to the international community and donors to support the implementation of the requested rehabilitation project;

7. Urges the State Party to strengthen efforts to implement the corrective measures, in particular by strengthening surveillance to eliminate poaching, as well as evacuating livestock and agricultural encroachment on the property, to restore wildlife and flora within the property;

8. Also requests the State Party to invite an IUCN mission to assess the state of conservation and the status of Outstanding Universal Value, update the corrective measures which will form the basis of the rehabilitation project and develop a proposal for the Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger;

9. Reiterates its request to the State Party to officially confirm that no mining exploration license covering the property has been granted;

10. Further rquests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property, on the results of the inventory of March 2012, on the implementation of the revised corrective measures, and on the mining issue, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013;

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

Themes: Conservation, International Assistance, Reports, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties: Côte d'Ivoire
Properties: Comoé National Park
Session: 36COM