Decision : 37 COM 8B.11
Great Himalayan National Park

The World Heritage Committee,

1.  Having examined Documents WHC-13/37.COM/8B and WHC-13/37.COM/INF.8B2;

2.  Refers the examination of the nomination of the Great Himalayan National Park, India, back to the State Partyin order to allow it to:

a)  Finalize the addition of Tirthan and Sainj Wildlife Sanctuaries to the nominated property to create a single area thereby increasing the overall size of the site and improving its integrity and potential to meet World Heritage criteria;

b)  Continue to strengthen the engagement of local communities in participatory governance of the site including the Tirthan and Sainj Wildlife Sanctuaries;

c)  Confirm the outstanding universal value of an enlarged property through further detailed comparative analysis of the values of the site with reference to other sites within the Western Himalayas and, in particular, the Nanda Devi and Valley of the Flowers National Parks World Heritage property;

d)  Consider undertaking a comparative study to fully assess the relative values of the nominated property against other sites in the Himalayas and adjacent mountain regions;

e)  Continue longer term plans to progressively increase the size of the nominated property with the addition of other surrounding protected areas to form an aggregated property that potentially includes the Rupi Bhabha Wildlife Sanctuary, Pin Valley National Park, Khirganga National Park and the Kanawar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
States Parties: India
Year: 2013
Decision Code: 37 COM 8B.11