28 COM 15B.1
W National Park of Niger (Niger)
The World Heritage Committee, 1. Notes with appreciation the assurance provided by the State Party of Niger not to go ahead with plans to construct a dam on the Mékrou River within "W" National Park, or to start exploitation of a phosphate mine within the property, without undertaking an independent evaluation on the environmental and social impacts of such projects; 2 Reiterates its earlier decision, and encourages the State Party to continue cooperating with IUCN, the World Heritage Centre, the “Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine” (UEMOA), Ramsar, and the regional programme “Ecosytème protégés en Afrique Sahélienne” (ECOPAS) in order to conserve this property, and, if necessary, to seek assistance from the World Heritage Fund for the coordination of meetings and studies; 3. Requests the State Party to provide a report on the outcomes of any environmental impact assessment carried out or decisions made on the dam and mining projects by 1 February 2005 for examination by the 29th session of the World Heritage Committee in 2005.