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Committee Decisions

36 COM 7B.9

Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Area (China) (N 1083 bis)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.  Recalling Decision 35 COM 7B.12 adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.  Acknowledges the information provided by the State Party on the on-going actions to address conservation issues at the property and urges the State Party to continue these efforts;

4.  Welcomes the efforts made by the State Party to ensure those mining areas which were excluded through the boundary modification and are now adjacent to the property and its buffer zone comply with international environmental and health standards;

5.  Regrets that comprehensive lists and accompanying maps of proposed dams in areas near to the property and its buffer zone have not yet been provided, and requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 December 2012 a detailed list and maps of all proposed dams that could affect the property, and to submit to the World Heritage Centre the Environmental Impact Assessmentsfor any such dam proposals, prior to their approval, in conformity with Paragraph 172 of the Operational Guidelines;

6.  Also urges the State Party to ensure that active site preparation works for proposed hydroelectric projects do not proceed ahead of an approved Environmental Impact Assessment;

7.  Also requests the State Party to invite an IUCN reactive monitoring mission to review the potential impacts of the proposed dams, and of mining in the areas adjacent to the property, on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value, and to assess the overall management effectiveness of the property, and further requests the State Party to make available prior to the mission the English documents necessary to this review, including pertinent Environmental Impact Assessments, reports on hydroelectric power planning, and the terms of reference for a possible Strategic Environmental Assessment of all  the dam proposals in the region;

8.  Requests furthermore the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013, a report on the state of conservation of the property and on the progress made in undertaking a Strategic Environmental Assessment of all the proposed dams and ancillary development that could potentially affect the property’s Outstanding Universal Value, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013.

Documents
PDF Original Decision Document
Context of Decision
PDF WHC-12/36.COM/7B
Themes: Conservation, Reports, Reinforced Monitoring
States Parties: China
Session: 36COM