Decision : 30 COM 7B.15
State of Conservation (Sagarmatha National Park)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-06/30.COM/7B,

2. Notes with concern the findings of the joint fact-finding mission of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, IUCN-Nepal and WWF-Nepal in relation to the development of the Kongde View Resort within the World Heritage property, the potential negative impacts of this development on the integrity of the property and the lack of adequate consultation;

3. Urges the State Party to:

a) Clarify the ownership of the site of the resort development;

b) Carefully consider the social and environmental impacts of such development on the Outstanding Universal Value and integrity of the property;

c) Carry out proper consultation with relevant stakeholders and an independent environmental impact assessment before any further construction takes place;

4. Further urges the State Party to review the situation with other private land holdings within the World Heritage property to avoid a repetition of this type of issue;

5. Requests the State Party to submit as soon as possible, at the latest before 1 February 2007, to the World Heritage Centre a report on the outcomes of the court case and the steps it plans to take in relation to the Kongde View Resort in the Sagarmatha National Park, for examination by the Committee at its 31st session in 2007.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: APA
States Parties: Nepal
Year: 2006
Decision Code: 30 COM 7B.15