Decision : 31 COM 7B.8
State of conservation of World Heritage Properties - Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

The World Heritage Committee,

1.Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B.Add;

2.Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.5, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006);

3.Commends the State Party for their continued support of programmes to manage fire and invasive species, in particular in the Table Mountain part of the property;

4.Notes with concern the high frequency of fires in the property and the associated impact on ecosystems, as well as challenges in the control of invasive alien plants;

5.Urges the State Party to continue pursuing efforts towards establishing a single coordinating authority for the property that would eventually facilitate the buffering and extension of the property to include adjoining protected areas;

6.Also urges the State Party to ensure that the budgets and staffing for its public works programmes are increased to meet the needs of these programmes, and that CapeNature and the other relevant management authorities are adequately funded, in particular to ensure that invasive plant clearance targets are achieved, and that the effects of burning are monitored;

7.Encourages the State Party to pursue rigorous monitoring programmes and feedback mechanisms for adaptive conservation and management strategies, particularly for fire control;

8.Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2009, with a report on the progress made in the implementation of the recommendations outlined above, including information on the budgets allocated to the property for each of its programmes, and in each component park of the serial property, for examination by the Committee at its 33rd session in 2009.

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Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: South Africa
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.8