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Decision : 36 COM 7A.16
Los Katios National Park (Colombia) (N 711)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.         Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.16, adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.         Endorses the recommendations expressed by the reactive monitoring mission;

4.         Welcomes the efforts of the State Party to implement the interim corrective measures adopted by the World Heritage Committee at its 34th session, in particular efforts at providing adequate human resources for the management of the property;

5.         Takes note that major infrastructure projects such as canals and highways do not at this time present a threat to the property, however requests the State Party to inform the Committee should such projects be proposed in the future, in line with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines;

6.         Also requests that an Environmental Impact Assessment be duly carried out for the electrical utilities corridor planned near the property’s boundaries, including an evaluation of its potential impacts on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value, in order to inform project design and operations;

7.         Urges the State Party to implement the updated technical corrective measures to restore the integrity of the property, and to submit a financial estimation of the costs to implement the updated corrective measures:

a)   Illegal logging, hunting and fishing: Control illegal logging, related illegal hunting, and inappropriate use of fishing techniques by investing in monitoring, control and law enforcement to further implement the Action Plan ‘Plan Choque’, while increasing the involvement of local communities in the governance of Los Katios National Park and promoting legal livelihood alternatives for them in the surrounding landscape,

b)   Settlements within the property: Finalize and implement comprehensive natural resource use agreements with the Wounaan community within the property,

c)    Mega projects: Integrate World Heritage concerns into Environmental Impact Assessments for development projects affecting the property, and ensure that its Outstanding Universal Value is not threatened by mega projects including the planned electrical utilities corridor,

d)  Security: Ensure that the National Park’s staff are able to carry out their work without disturbance, guaranteeing a minimum stable number of permanent staff required for the monitoring and surveillance of the property;

8.         Considers that the Desired state of conservation indicators intended to measure the restoration of the values and ecological integrity of the property, which were jointly developed by the State Party and the 2011 monitoring mission, should be reached to enable the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger;

9.         Further requests 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 and the implementation of the above, with a particular focus on the advances related to the corrective measures, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013;

10.      Decides to retain Los Katios National Park (Colombia) on the List of World Heritage in Danger. 

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger, Reinforced Monitoring
States Parties: Colombia
Year: 2012
Decision Code: 36 COM 7A.16