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Decision : 27 COM 7B.10
Sagarmatha National Park (Nepal)

The World Heritage Committee [6],

1. Commends the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) for establishing the Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme (TRPAP) that will address various aspects of the Park and tourism management and provide benefits to local communities;

2. Invites the State Party to continue the implementation of priority management needs identified under the Sagarmatha National Park Management Strategy Framework developed in 2000 while the UNDP/SNV/DFID Project is being implemented;

3. Commends the State Party for halting the Syangboche airstrip project and requests that the State Party:

(a) provide a letter confirming this decision and ensure that the project will not proceed in the future, ; and

(b) request the Nepal Civil Aviation Authority under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MOCTCA) to remove the excavator and other construction materials from the property and provide adequate compensation to the Park authorities to enable the full rehabilitation of the area;

4. Requests the State Party to enhance co-operation with local stakeholders in the management of the property.

[6]  Decision adopted without discussion

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: APA
States Parties: Nepal
Year: 2003
Decision Code: 27 COM 7B.10