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Committee Decisions

31 COM 7B.114

Curonian Spit (Lithuania / Russian Federation)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2.       Recalling Decision 29 COM 7B.67 and 30 COM 7B.87 adopted at its 29th (Durban, 2005) and 30th(Vilnius, 2006) sessions respectively,

3.       Notes with appreciation the report submitted by the Lithuanian State Party on the general state of conservation of the property, including information on the Lithuanian and Russian cooperation with regard to the implementation of the joint post-project Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the signing of the bilateral Agreement Concerning Co-operation in Case of Pollution accidents, Pollution Prevention/Mitigation and Compensation Measures, and the Joint Lithuanian and Russian Action Plan for Co-operation Plan in case of pollution accidents in the Baltic Sea;

4.       Deeply regrets that after having recognised the necessity of bilateral agreements and increased bilateral co-operation between Lithuania and the Russian Federation in response to threats from the D-6 oil field project, and despite the commitment of both States Parties in 2006, the co-operation has drastically slowed down;

5.       Urges both States Parties to sign as soon as possible the Agreement Concerning Co-operation in Case of Pollution Accidents, Pollution Prevention/Mitigation and Compensation Measures, and the Joint Lithuanian and Russian Action Plan for Co-operation Plan in case of pollution accidents in the Baltic Sea;

6.       Requests both States Parties to provide the World Heritage Centre with a joint and updated report, by 1 February 2008, on the status of implementation of the joint post-project EIA and activities agreed to under the Action Plan, especially regarding the signature of the bilateral Agreement Concerning Co-operation in Case of Pollution Accidents, Pollution Prevention/Mitigation and Compensation Measures, and the Cooperation Plan in Case of Pollution Accidents in the Baltic Sea, as well as a detailed analysis of the impact of the sewage spill incident, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

Documents
PDF Original Decision Document
Context of Decision
PDF WHC-07/31.COM/7B
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Lithuania Russian Federation
Properties: Curonian Spit
Session: 31COM