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Committee Decisions

37 COM 7B.33

Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda (Gabon) (C/N 1147rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2.  Recalling Decision 31 COM 8B.54 , adopted at its 31st session (Christchurch, 2007),

3.  Expresses its grave concern regarding the Alembe-Mikouyi Road Development Project that could have an impact on the property, as well as the lack of information provided to the World Heritage Centre concerning the implementation of the main recommendations of Decision 31 COM 8B.54 , notably those regarding the establishment of a management authority, the approval of the law on the National Parks and the training of staff specifically assigned to the conservation of archaeological sites;

4.  Urges the State Party to create this management authority and to appoint a site manager responsible for the equal conservation of both cultural and natural values of the property;

5.  Reiterates its request to the State Party that high priority be accorded to the assignment of one or several well-trained persons to reinforce the preventive conservation measures and conduct restoration work at the archaeological sites;

6.  Requests the State Party to transmit to the World Heritage Centre the revised environmental and social impact study and the heritage impact study on the Alembe-Mikouyi Road Development Project, for examination by the Advisory Bodies;

7.  Also requests the State Party to desist from undertaking any work until such times as the requested additional information has been submitted to the World Heritage Centre;

8.  Further requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre by 1 February 2014 a detailed report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above-mentioned points for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in 2014.

Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Gabon
Session: 37COM