Decision : 30 COM 7B.16
State of Conservation (Tubbataha Reef Marine Park)

The World Heritage Committee,

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

2. Recalling Decision 29 COM 7B.13, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005),

3. Notes the positive achievements in the conservation and management of the property and particularly in controlling the illegal fishing activities at local level;

4. Urges the State Party to provide sufficient basic funding for the management of the property in order to avoid annual fluctuations caused by dependence on tourism income and project funding;

5. Encourages the State Party to enact the Tubbataha Protected Areas Bill as soon as possible;

6. Commends the international and national NGOs for their continued support provided to the conservation, management and monitoring of the property and encourages them to maintain and augment such support;

7. Calls upon the international donor and conservation community to respond positively to calls for support from the State Party to develop an Endowment Fund for the conservation and management of the property; and also calls upon the international community in collaboration with the Sulu Sea region States Parties to organise a regional forum on the conservation of marine resources in the wider Sulu Sea region to help find long-term solutions to illegal fishing;

8. Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with a report by 1 February 2007 on the results and recommendations of the "National Forum on the Conservation of the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park and the Greater Sulu Sea", for examination by the Committee at its 31st session in 2007.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: APA
States Parties: Philippines
Year: 2006
Decision Code: 30 COM 7B.16