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Committee Decisions

37 COM 7A.11

Rainforests of the Atsinanana (Madagascar) (N 1257)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Document WHC-13/37.COM/7A.Add,

2.  Recalling Decision 36 COM 7A.10 adopted at its 36th session (Saint-Petersburg, 2012),

3.  Welcomes important progress made by the State Party in the implementation of the corrective measures as well as its clear political will as expressed by the Prime Minister to eliminate all illegal stocks of rosewood;

4.  Takes note of the preparatory studies which are underway to identify possible solutions and requests that the results are reviewed and discussed by the relevant stakeholders in order to arrive at a broad consensus on the way forward to eliminate the illegal rosewood stocks and prevent illegal logging in the future;

5.  Considers that eliminating the illegal stocks is a key condition for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger;

6.  Also welcomes the decision by 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to include all species of Dalbergia and Diospyros occurring in Madagascar in Appendix II of CITES and also requests all State Parties to rigorously implement that decision and ensure that illegal timber from Madagascar is both forbidden and cannot enter their domestic markets;

7.  Further requests the State Party to continue its efforts to implement corrective measures and the other recommendations of the 2011 monitoring mission;

8.  Requests furthermore the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2014 , a detailed report on the state of conservation of the entire serial property, including an evaluation of the implementation of corrective measures, and data on progress made towards achieving the Desired state of conservation for removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger, for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014;

9.  Decides to retain Rainforests of the Atsinanana (Madagascar) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Themes: Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties: Madagascar
Session: 37COM