Decision : 33 COM 7B.38
Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection (Panama) (N 1138 rev)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined Document WHC-09/33.COM/7B,

2. Recalling Decision 29 COM 8B.13, adopted at its 29th session (Durban, 2005),

3. Notes that the State Party has recently adopted the Coiba National Park management plan, as recommended in Decision 29 COM 8B.13;

4. Urges the State Party to finalize the management plan for the Special Zone of Marine Protection of the property and to ensure its effective implementation, and reminds the State Party of the recommendation made by IUCN in its evaluation of the nomination, that commercial fisheries need careful management and a clear fisheries monitoring system be implemented;

5. Notes with concern the continued and growing presence of cattle in the property, which is the source of increasing damage to its Outstanding Universal Value, and strongly urges the State Party to ensure its complete removal as a priority matter;

6. Also notes with concern the growing potential for coastal development on the shores opposite the property, and requests the State Party to develop and implement a coastal zone development and conservation policy with the purpose of ensuring that cumulative development impacts to the property's Outstanding Universal Value are foreseen and effectively averted;

7. Also requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2011, a report on the state of conservation of the property, including on progress made in removing cattle from the property finalizing and implementing a management plan for the Special Zone of Marine Protection and establishing a formal policy on development and conservation of the coastal zone opposite the property, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in 2011.

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Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Panama
Year: 2009
Decision Code: 33 COM 7B.38